|Gillespie Gulch Fencing Project - 2002|
by Adam Mehlberg
May 18th, 2002. As a continued effort by the Trailridge
Runners 4WD Club to keep the public access to the Roosevelt National
forest near Jamestown available to everyone, we undertook a fencing
project in conjunction with the Boulder Ranger District of the USFS
along the Gillespie Gulch 4WD road.
Just as you enter the forest out of Jamestown on the
Gulch 4WD road there is an old road that was used for a prescribed fire
four years ago south of Jamestown. This road is administratively
closed, but is being driven, in fact a hill climb had been created.
Because this road is not part of the Gillespie Gulch 4WD road, FDR 331,
and it is closed to the public, our club members built a buck an rail
fence along the Gillespie Gulch 4WD road where this road branches in.
By eliminating illegal use of closed roads and eliminating illegal hill
climbs that damage the forest and supply the Closurists with ammunition
to get legal roads closed, our club members hope to protect access to
Gillespie Gulch and the challenging section of 4WD road above the mine.
Getting the project site that morning became a test of
vehicle field repair. Just before we were to get to Highway 3, Ray
Comeau’s jeep quit. Ray had the generator and a huge drill for putting
holes in the bucks to use rebar for anchoring, so we couldn’t just
leave him (just kidding Ray). We all pulled over and Ray looked under
his vehicle for a culprit to his loss of engine function. He found a
three conductor wire that was loose, as well as damaged. Using the
“handymans secret weapon, DUCT TAPE” (Ray is holding the roll in the
picture above) we fixed the wires. The wire had pins on the end that
was loose so we figured a connector was missing it’s guts. With a bunch
of us making suggestions on what it could be we ended up thinking the
gas tank fuel pump was missing these wires. We found the connector
shell and put the pins back in. Ray tie wrapped the wires out of harms
way, and we were off again. Even with this delay we were on time to
meet Laura from the Boulder Ranger District who had hauled up all of
the materials to make the buck and rail fence.
After completing the lower buck and rail fence we went
Owens Flat by the main road and installed a buck and rail fence at the
top where the closed road ties in with the road on Owens Flat. It is
hoped that the public will use the main Gillespie Gulch road network to
access the camp sites on Owens Flat. Previously the Forest Service had
placed signs to keep the public from driving and camping on the meadow
of Owens Flat.
Please help us keep the public access open on the
Gulch 4WD road by staying on the Gillespie Gulch 4WD road system and
obeying the spur road closures.