Trailridge Runners 4WD Club
Middle St. Vrain Road Project

by Adam Mehlberg

On June 17th, 2000 the seasonal closure gates on the Middle St. Vrain and Coney Creek 4WD roads were unlocked. This year the seasonal closure ended early due to the light snow this winter plus the heat wave we had this spring.

Due to the snow the night before our trip, turnout was a little thin. Saturday morning at the trailhead was sunny and started warming up nicely. The fresh snow was short lived as we began working on the host building and the first obstacle. Greg Beery had made shelves for the interior of the Host building and Dave LeMaster's storage box was also installed. The Host crew put a fresh coat of paint on the three sided information sign and repaired a post that had been cut off.

This year Lisa Marshall from the Daily Camera newspaper rode along with our group of three vehicles that reviewed the road and got first hand experience on what we four wheelers do. We expected a large amount of tree fall, like last year, but we only found one small tree that needed removal.

From this trip Lisa wrote a fair article on the reduction of places to go and the threats facing four wheeling in Colorado. It appeared in the Daily Camera in mid July.

By 3:30pm the gates were unlocked and the Middle St. Vrain and Coney Creek 4WD roads were opened.

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