Outdoors Briefs

Agency plans designated Logchutes bike trail

The Columbine Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest is seeking public input during early phases of planning for the Logchutes Downhill Mountain Bike Trail Project.

The Logchutes trail system along Junction Creek Road is a system of about 12 miles of official Forest Service trails plus several miles of unsanctioned trails. This trail network is used primarily for mountain biking, although other forms of nonmotorized uses are allowed.

The project would involve construction/reconstruction of about 3.5 miles of trails in the Log Chutes system for designation as a single-use, single-direction, downhill mountain-bike trail.

During internal review, the Forest Service will study how the project might affect elk and deer winter range and bear habitat; recreation and safety; noxious weed infestations; soil and watershed conditions; and heritage resources.

To be added to the mailing list for this project, or to submit input by May 23, write to Cam Hooley, Columbine Public Lands, P.O. Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122; call 884-1414; or email chooley@fs.fed.us.

For more information, call Jed Botsford at 884-1436.

Chimney Rock to open, announces events

Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, located 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs and three miles south on Colorado Highway 151, will host these events:

The area will open May 15. Guided tours will be available at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. Cost of the tour is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 11.

An Annular Eclipse and Night Sky Archaeoastronomy Program will be held May 20. The gate will be open from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Guests will meet at the cabin lecture area at 5:30 p.m. to receive special glasses for viewing the eclipse. The eclipse will begin at 6:25 p.m. Bring a flashlight, water, warm clothing, insect repellent, and blankets or cushions. After the eclipse there will be a brief lecture about the naked-eye astronomy of the ancestral Puebloans and visible celestial objects of the night. Cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children 11 and younger. Reservations are required by calling 883-5359 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 to 28, will be Local Appreciation Days. Residents from Pagosa Springs, Ignacio, Arboles, Durango and surrounding communities are invited to visit the area and receive half-priced guided tours.

For more information, visit www.chimnerockco.org.

Seniors Outdoors! announces activities

Seniors Outdoors! announces these upcoming activities:

A difficult hike through some rarely visited Lybrook, N.M., badlands will meet at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Expect no trails, some scrambling, no hurrying. RSVP to Travis Ward at 247-1310.

The Wednesday Wanderers will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday for a moderate hike on Animas Mountain. Dogs allowed on leash only. RSVP for nonmembers only to leader Caroline Murray at 375-0454.

A difficult hike/snowshoe to the head of Tomahawk basin will meet at 8 a.m. May 4. Starting on the La Plata Canyon road, will go where necessary to take advantage of firm, early spring snow to gain easy access to Tomahawk basin via snowshoes, going west to an elevation of about 12,000 feet. RSVP to Charles Berglund, 247-9747 or chasberglund@msn.com.

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