First, the good news! Boulder County Parks & Open Space (BCPOS) announced on May 12 that South Heil finally has a reopening date! Here’s the not-so-good news.

June 16 Reopening 
Previously, Boulder County hoped to reopen South Heil on May 28, in time for Memorial Day weekend. Citing “delivery of materials has been delayed,” BCPOS Director Therese Glowacki denied BMA’s request to open Corral Trailhead, Schoolhouse and Overland Loop before June 16.

Main Trailhead to Close at Noon Daily Through Sept. 30
Due to flash flooding concerns, BCPOS plans to close the main trailhead every day at noon, regardless of weather or the likelihood of flooding. BMA checked with Boulder County Public Works to clarify that parking is allowed along Lefthand Canyon Drive, unless otherwise marked. The Corral Trailhead parking lot and all trails will be open sunrise to sunset during this time.

Boulder County subscribes to a weather alert system, which includes flash flood forecasting. The County also recommends Heil visitors sign up for flash flood warnings using Everbridge Alerts and the address 188 Geer Canyon Rd., Boulder CO 80302.

Wapiti Trail Detour
BMA previously reported that the relocated Golden Eagle nest would cause seasonal closures to the lower part of Wapiti Trail. Boulder County announced that this trail section will likely be closed for “the next several years.” The planned detour is the existing emergency access road. The golden eagles had a successful brood last year and contractors were able to access the area with heavy machinery and preform their recovery work after the eaglets fledged.

BMA is advocating for a new singletrack connection on the north side of the emergency road to keep the 1/2 mile eagle buffer and allow a better trail experience. In the future when the lower section of Wapiti can be used again, the new trail connection would add a loop option.

Read Full Press Release from Boulder County

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