Colorado Off Road Enterprise has been given the OK to reopen Tomichi Pass!!! They have asked for Mile-HI Jeep Club to provide 10-15 people to make it happen. If you are able to help move dirt and rocks by hand and can help please sign up. This trail has been closed for 3 years and we have the opportunity to get it reopened so lets make it happen!
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Hello Mile-Hi Jeep Club,
Hope you are all doing well, trail season is almost finished but I would like to get one more major project finished (hopefully) before we are snowed out. You all know Tomichi has been closed for the past 3 years due to a landslide and the Gunnison District has been in no hurry to do anything about it. Well, we got a bit lucky this summer as the Salida District Engineer, Aaron Lamp, has been on a detail in Gunnison. He is the one who helped us get permission to open Tincup. Myself, Chuck Severance from the Ute Pass Iron Goats and Aaron did a site visit at the end of August at the Tomichi land slide site.
Aaron has agreed to do two things, he is working on the NEPA process for a re-route of the road around the slide area. This is the long-term plan/solution. We all know this will take at least two years to complete, so he also gave us his blessing and the DR gave verbal approval of a plan to dig out the road and make it passable over the landslide in the meantime. This project is scheduled for October 5th. I would like to do it sooner but I have this little thing going on called 14er Fest and I don’t have the time or volunteers to make it happen till the 5th.
The landslide covered the road and there is no way to dig it back down to the original road bed, but it is possible to dig out the width necessary (around 9-10’) to make it passable for full-size vehicles by going over the slide material. There is already about a 4’ wide path the motorcycles and hikers have been using and have packed down. The approach and departure up and over the slide is a low enough grade to allow vehicles to pass if we get it wide enough.
The plan: in a nutshell we will work this project in 2 scheduled teams. CORE will take the first group over Hancock and to the worksite early in the morning, leaving at about 5am. That will put our arrival to the site at about 7am. With this small crew, we will begin removing some of the hazardous surface rocks that are still uphill of the road and the work area. We will bring these rocks down to the road to use as bedding on the outside edge of the road.
The second team will need to be in BV at 6:45am and leave for the worksite at about 7am. That will put team 2 at the worksite at around 9am. At this point we should have all the rocks clear and team 2 will help us shovel out the road width we need and transport the dirt to the outside edge of the road and to the approach/departure of the slide area. I am counting on team 2 having 20 able bodied volunteers so we can work in shifts to alleviate fatigue.
I am going to try and get several groups involved with this to help supply the volunteers, but also to show the Gunnison District and FS overall, that we all care about our roads and trails and it’s important to us to keep them open.
Here is the ask of Mile-Hi, If you guys agree to help, I would like to have 10-15 volunteers represent Mile-Hi. Your volunteers will be in team 2 and will need to meet at the Gunsmoke Truck stop in Johnsons Village at 6:45am to meet the other groups and then leave for the worksite by 7am.
I have a full project overview and when you have your team built, I will sent that over with all the operation specifics, times and com channels.
Please keep this communication and invite to Mile-Hi only for now.
Colorado Off Road Enterprises