Important Information for 2018 CT & CDT hikers:
CR306 (the East/Buena Vista side) AND CR209 (the West/Taylor Park side) of Cottonwood Pass will be CLOSED to all traffic Spring-Fall of 2018. The closure on CR 306 begins at the Avalanche Gulch trailhead, which allows parking & access to the CT-East. All CDT and CT-West through-hikers should plan for re-supply and trail-access prior to, or after Cottonwood Pass.
14,196′ Mt. Yale is the only Chaffee County 14er affected by the CR306 road closure, with access to the standard route beginning at the Denny Creek trailhead closed. Chaffee County Search & Rescue-North (CCSAR-N) recommends that 14er hikers choose one of Chaffee County’s other eleven 14ers for the 2018 season. Mt. Yale’s alternate routes, including the East Ridge route, do not have trails, require significant route-finding skills, and have more exposure than the standard route. Mt. Yale’s East Ridge route is NOT a good choice for beginners! Please help CCSAR-N help YOU, by making informed choices when you play in our beautiful, big backyard.
Other popular hikes affected by the CR306 closure are: Lost Lake, Ptarmigan Lake, and Hartenstein Lake.
With brand new pavement on both sides, road bikers can look forward to an amazing Cottonwood Pass ride in 2019!
News From: JH Resources, LLP
July 13, 2018
Contact: Jordan Williams, JH Resources
Public Information Officer
Construction Continues on Cottonwood Pass East Side
Expected Delays and Road Closures for Travelers
COTTONWOOD PASS, CO.- Construction on the easterly side of Cottonwood Pass will continue with road closures and traffic control delays still in effect. Kirkland Construction will continue in July and into early fall to finish this project. Shoulder and embankment work will continue this week to widen the existing roadway. Traffic can expect one lane traffic-controlled construction along the lower portion of the pass. Asphalt testing will also begin, to ensure the road meets standards. The roadway from Avalanche Trailhead Parking Area to the summit will continue to be closed to all public vehicular traffic, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic.
Pulverization was completed on the lower 3 ½ miles of the road. Excavation work to recondition the roadway subgrade has begun at the bottom of the pass within the closure east of Denny Creek. This work will continue west to the top of the pass. Pipe drain crossings will begin installation next week. Paving is planned to start in July with a test placement next week. Traffic will see no more than 20-minute wait times and traffic Control will have signs erected notifying road users of future delays and stops and a pilot car will help maneuver traffic through road construction.
The Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail will remain open once construction starts, but travelers on the Continental Divide Trail cannot access the road. The road from the Avalanche Parking Area to the top of the pass will continue to be closed to traffic with a gate across the road. No one has access above the parking area or past the gate.
Any road closures or traffic restrictions will be posted in advance. Residents can visit the Federal Highway Administration web site at http://cottonwood-co.dot.gov/, for more information. Press releases will be issued weekly, and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Public Information Officer, Jordan Williams of JH Resources.