Mudslide traps campers near Basalt |

Mudslide traps campers near Basalt

Charles Agar
Aspen Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Paul Conrad/The Aspen TimesA traffic cone sits on the edge of Hagarman Pass Road at the beginning point of a mudslide Wednesday afternoon several hundred yards above Fryingpan Road on mile marker 31.

BASALT, Colorado ” A mudslide on a remote stretch of Fryingpan Road on Wednesday stranded two groups of campers.

No one was injured when a 30-yard-wide tide of mud pushed boulders, trees and debris down a steep, 75-yard-long slope.

The slide extended from just below a dirt switchback on County Road No. 105, heading to Hagerman Pass, to the paved section of the Frying Pan Road below, and sent a fan of 6-foot deep mud across the road some 31 miles up the Fryingpan Valley, east of Basalt, and a few miles beyond Chapman Reservoir.

Sheriff’s deputies arriving on scene shortly after 9 a.m. were able to communicate by shouting across the mud flow with two groups of campers stranded beyond the mudslide, according to Sheriff’s Deputy Paula Dent.

The campers said they had enough supplies to last another night and simply returned to their campsites to wait for crews to clear the stretch, Dent said.

The road was impassable from about 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday, when Pitkin County road and bridge crews had cleared a one-lane swath through the mudslide and vehicles were able to pass.

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