Elk and their young close some trails | VailDaily.com

Elk and their young close some trails

Tamara Miller

EAGLE COUNTY – Hikers and mountain bikers will have to wait a few more weeks before they can enjoy some upvalley trails.The Forest Service has closed several trails near Vail and Eagle-Vail so elk can give birth to calves undisturbed. Most of the trails that are closed will re-open by the middle of June. Three, including a portion of the popular Two Elk Trail, will be closed until July 1. The closures don’t bother Carson Norton, an Edwards resident. “There are plenty of trails you can go on instead,” Norton said as he was getting ready to hike up Meadow Mountain. Some people aren’t happy about the closures, though.”You always have a mixture of people,” said Corey Myers, an information assistant for the Holy Cross Ranger District. “We’ve got people who comply and then we have the guy who called earlier today, who said he had already spent money to come on vacation here and by golly, he’s going to hike it.”Anyone caught on a closed trail could be fined $50 the first time; caught again and the offenders could go to federal court, Myers said. Mountain bikers, in particular, seem to be complying with the closures, Myers said. That’s because they have discovered the mountain bike trails near Eagle, where the lower elevation and earlier snow thaw clear trails earlier in the season, he said. Staff Writer Tamara Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607, or tmiller@vaildaily.com.===================================================Trails closed for elk calvingTrailRe-Opening DateNorth TrailJune 15Son of Middle CreekJune 15Paulie’s PlungeJune 30Paulie’s SisterJune 30Whiskey CreekJuly 1Eastern HillsideJuly 1Back Bowls and Blue Sky BasinJuly 1=====================================================Vail, Colorado

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