Lots of questions swirling around what trails are open as a result of the Bighorn Fire. As of tomorrow, August 2nd, the 50yr Trail system will be open. This ONLY includes the 50 Year trail from Catalina State Park to the Chutes. If you didn't know, the trails on the East side of the fence line including Upper 50Yr, Cowboy Slick Rock, Around the Mountain and Middle Gate and Baby Jesus fall on U.S. Forest Service Land and as such, are STILL CLOSED and will not open till Nov 1st per the U.S. Forest Service closure order. The FS closure for Mt. Lemmon order includes any and all trails on Mt. Lemmon and Redington Pass Area to the West of the Redington Rd (FS Road 371)
While the closure order is in effect, please do not "poach" trails. Per the order, violations are punishable
" as a Class B misdemeanor by a fine of not more than $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations, or by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or both (see 16 U.S.C. § 551, 18 U.S.C. § 3571(b)(6), 18 U.S.C. § 3581 (b)(7))."
Furthermore, any poaching works against our efforts and tarnishes our image as a user group which may have long term effects on trail opportunities that we are currently working on.
Please see attached pics of the map and official closure order. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out!