Other closures remain in effect due to storm damage
Mar 31, 2017, Placerville, CA - Native surface roads and trails in the Eldorado National Forest that are subject to the annual wet weather seasonal closure will reopen on Saturday, April 1. "Melting snow will continue to create moist conditions in some areas, so it's important to use good judgement before driving on dirt roads," said Forest Supervisor Laurence Crabtree. "Visitors will still be responsible for any resource damage they cause."
The minimal seasonal closure required in the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan is from January 1 through March 31. The seasonal closure is designed to protect roadbeds and watersheds from damage and to protect water quality. To maintain flexibility, the timing of the dirt road closure is determined based on current conditions each year which may cause the closure to go into effect early or be extended. Due to heavy rains in November, this year's seasonal closure began December 1.
The seasonal closure applies to routes identified on motor vehicle use maps which are available free-of-charge at all Eldorado National Forest offices and on the forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/eldorado. The seasonal closure does not apply to the Rock Creek Recreational Trails Area near Georgetown, which has its own wet weather closure procedures.
Meanwhile, a series of heavy storms over the winter has led to other closures due to storm damage ranging from mud, rocks, and debris to roadbed failure in some locations. Storm damage assessment is still in progress, and some damage will not be known until the snow melts. Crews are working to prevent additional damage at sites not yet failed, and engineers are developing cost estimates for repairs. The following roads will be closed until storm damage repairs are completed:
- Georgetown District - 11 Pines Rd; Black Smith Flat Rd; Pigeon Roost Rd.
- Pacific District - Jaybird Springs Rd; Granite Springs Rd; Weber Mill Rd.
- Placerville District - Forebay Rd; Slab Creek Rd; Plum Creek Rd; Alder Creek Rd; Bridal Veil picnic area
- Amador District - Salt Springs Rd; Panther Creek Rd; Ellis Rd.