Thursday, September 18, 2014

U. S. Forest Service Announces Future Plans for Popular Agnes Vaille Trail

The United States Forest Service (USFS) is developing a proposed re-route of the popular Agnes Vaille Falls Trail in Chaffee County. The area and trail will remain closed to public use until October 1, 2015 because of planning, construction and monitoring efforts.

In collaboration with the Johnson Family from Buena Vista, Colorado, the Salida Ranger District is designing a new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible trail. The redesigned trail will no longer take hikers to view the falls due to safety concerns. It would connect to a portion of the existing Agnes Vaille Trail and offer a variety of scenic vistas within the Chalk Creek drainage. Potential additions include interpretive panels that describe the cultural, natural and geologic features of the area. The Salida Ranger District hopes to start construction during the summer of 2015.

Currently the trail and surrounding area is closed for health and human safety by a special order closure. The USFS will to continue to monitor the area as they watch for conditions that may pose health and safety hazards to visitors.


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