Summer on the Pass

Have you been over the pass recently and seen the newest artwork on the side of the road? That’s one way to take advantage of a downed tree.

Summer is here and that means that the cows have returned to the high country.  Please be aware that while they mostly remain in the meadows off the road, they sometimes do stray onto the highway and there may be cattle trucks on the road dropping off cows over the next couple of weeks.

With the 4th of July just around the corner, the flag is back up on Ebbetts Peak.  The flag is raised before Independence Day every year and taken down before the pass closes in the fall.  Thank you to the folks who make the trek, replace the flag, and keep this tradition going.

It’s a great time to take a drive over the pass and maybe get out and do some hiking or paddling.  Weekends tend to be busy but you can have the hiking trails to yourself if you can manage a mid-week visit.  The wildflowers are blooming, there are patches of snow still hanging around, and high-elevation lakes are full right now.  As always, be prepared, weather can change quickly at higher elevations and you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need if you plan to get out and explore.

SPI (Sierra Pacific Industries) is closing most of its forests to the public on July 1st, 2022 due to the high fire danger. Please respect private property, abide by forest guidelines, and be fire-wise while visiting.  And, don’t forget to pack out your trash to keep our area beautiful for everyone to enjoy!