It’s spring, and Pikes Peak Region residents might be casting their eyes to the Waldo Canyon burn scar, wondering when the forest will open to the public after last summer’s devastating fire.
But the fact is, representatives from United States Forest Service haven’t yet picked a date to open the scorched area. But, by mid-April local forest officials hope to release more information about what sections of the Pike National Forest will open, said Barbara Timock, a forest service spokeswoman based in Pueblo.
“We hope to have information about opening in mid-April,” Timock said in an email to The Gazette. ” There is no date yet for actually opening the area to public use.”
Meanwhile, mountain bikers, hikers, and other outdoors enthusiasts have been denied access to Rampart Range Road and reservoir, as well as the Waldo Canyon trail, since the fire blazed through the area in June.