Post By: FPF Posted: 6/20/2014 3:32:39 PMPoints: 313
are both of the gates open? my wife and i are trying to take my sister in law on her first camping trip. I think it would be a good place for her. We wanted to go to golden gate canyon but they are all booked. Need to know by tonight. Desperate for an update!
Reply by: esoxrocks Posted: 6/21/2014 9:34:50 AM Points: 2480
Checked the website a couple weeks ago and it indicated both gates were closed (note they have a specific road closure section on the site)... then called Idaho Springs USFS district office to see when they thought the upper gate would open.They said at least not until after the 4th of July. My experience is that the upper gate doesn't open until mid-July in a "normal year"...and this wasn't a normal year.
That said... the upper Jefferson gate opened a couple weeks earlier than the Fairplay office initially said it would....sooooo?
Well we went up to fall river reservoir instead. You get stopped by 3-4 foot drifts about 500 yards from the lake but we just parked and walked to the lake and camped nearby. Didnt get a single bite but did see a couple fish rise. Tried kastys, rapalas, a fly on a bubble, and other spoons. No luck. Beautiful weekend though. the weather couldnt be better. Another note, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop bringing glass bottles camping. Even if you are careful the occasional one breaks and most people dont bother to clean it up, or may accidentally miss a few pieces of glass. We saw so many pieces of glass it was depressing. Please just opt for different containers.
Yea the areas around Loch Lomond have that problem as well. It is a beautiful area but the partying "after effects" are evident everywhere especially broken whiskey & beer bottles, and tons of spent cartridges.
Not sure Id want to be camping up there on a nice summer evening...at least not without good body armor.
I was wondering about that actually. It sounded like we were at war with all of the guns going off. Have there been any reports of people being shot by irresponsible target shooters up there? The people we saw shooting seemed to be doing so responsibly but you always have that one group of morons....
I've not heard of any incidents but I haven't camped up there either. Only day trips so far. It did look like a fire-fight had just occurred last time I was there however. Like you said I've found most shooters to be responsible, but the "evidence" in this case (ie, booze bottles + shell casings in an area with other campsites down range) did not point to highly responsible crowd hanging out up there. Too bad too because it is a beautiful area...