Trout Creek Provisional Opening


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Max Tepfer · · Bend, OR · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 1,520

Word came in from the BLM today that Trout Creek is now partially open for the season.  The south (original) approach trail is closed as is all climbing and hiking south (climber's right) of the Gold Rush area.  (Gold Rush is open, Alchemy, Pan Handlin' and Midas Touch are not)  In short the vast majority of climbing is good to go and we should only walk up there via the steeper trail that climbs directly to the northern end.

The BLM also confirmed today that the eagles have two nestlings.  It can't be emphasized enough how critical it is that we obey the closure and stay out of the closed area.  If the young birds successfully fledge this season then it's a huge win for everyone in that it demonstrates that climbers and eagles can coexist with this amount of buffer. (not something that's been well established to date-many other golden closures are more restrictive in buffer size)

N Miles · · Grand Junction, CO · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 0

My friends and I are hoping to go climbing at Trout Creek next week, Monday-Wednesday. Is the Northern end trail obvious? What is the best way to figure out present closures and access?

Max Tepfer · · Bend, OR · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 1,520

There will be signage making everything clear.  I haven't made it out yet, but it's usually posted at the trailhead and along the access trails.  I expect they'll be fairly specific and will hopefully clearly sign trails that are closed.  The northern trail is the first obvious trail heading up hill you come to after about a half mile to a mile of walking.  Lastly at the crag we've installed a burned out rope along the base to assist in demarcating the boundary of closed vs open climbing.

Max Tepfer · · Bend, OR · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 1,520

Update:  After discussion with the BLM, Alchemy, Pan Handlin' and Midas Touch are closed.  Please do not climb them!  We (the climbers in contact with the BLM) recognize that this is nonsensical and a weird place to draw the line, but that's what happens when we lose the ability to self-police as climbers.  Realize that there's a good chance that you're on camera when you're up there and if you climb a route that is currently closed, you're endangering access for all of us!

Daryl D · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2013 · Points: 0
Max Tepfer wrote:

Update:  After discussion with the BLM, Alchemy and Midas Touch are closed....Realize that there's a good chance that you're on camera when your up there and if you climb a route that is currently closed, you're endangering access for all of us!

Thanks for the post, Max. Above I added some emphasis to a key point you made.

Also, maybe add Pan Handlin' to the list?

Max Tepfer · · Bend, OR · Joined Oct 2007 · Points: 1,520
Daryl D wrote:

Also, maybe add Pan Handlin' to the list?

Done.  Thanks for the catch!  

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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