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New Facebook Group advocating getting Hwy. 224 back open
Pete Giordano397072624
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01/16/2022 - 7:58 pm
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We've just started a new Facebook Group, Open224. Just in the initial stages so not advocating any specific actions or timeline now but thought it would be a good start to begin gathering support from a diverse group of people. At a minimum we hope to get more timely information and plans from ODOT and the FS.

Please follow if you are so inclined. Happy to answer and questions I can or hear ideas and thoughts on the subject.

cheers, pete

Rob Williams
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01/17/2022 - 6:45 am
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Thank Pete.  I know you've been vocal about reopening the highway.  That last update was particularly depressing.  Tripcheck.com now just shows the highway as closed - no updates, no timeline, no nothing.

15 months and counting is ridiculous and time to make some noise.

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01/17/2022 - 2:34 pm
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Here is the link to the facebook page for anyone interested:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/262438762642778

403 members and growing fast.

Pete Giordano397072624
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01/18/2022 - 8:11 pm
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Rob, I really think there needs to be a push to get access back open to some of the trails that weren't affected by the fires but it's complicated because the Forest Service wants to gate off a lot of roads that are "unsafe". There is a ton of trail work to do and the longer the highway stays closed the longer it will take to get that done. I'm sure the area around Big Bottom wasn't burned.

I'm sure I'll get into Roaring River next spring when the snow melts on the road but that might be some of the only stuff available. I suppose there is potential to get to some of the trails northwest of  Timothy?

Rob Williams
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Pete Giordano397072624 said
Rob, I really think there needs to be a push to get access back open to some of the trails that weren't affected by the fires but it's complicated because the Forest Service wants to gate off a lot of roads that are "unsafe". There is a ton of trail work to do and the longer the highway stays closed the longer it will take to get that done. I'm sure the area around Big Bottom wasn't burned.

I'm sure I'll get into Roaring River next spring when the snow melts on the road but that might be some of the only stuff available. I suppose there is potential to get to some of the trails northwest of  Timothy?  

I couldn't agree more.  Last summer for a brief time there was some access to trails on the east side, although it was a very long drive.  Over Mt Hood, down road 42 to 46 and then you could  get to some trails, although 46 was closed before the junction with 63, so that was an even longer drive.  Unfortunately, that was all closed later in the summer due to the Bull Complex fire and it hasn't reopened yet either.

I'm hoping that the Forest service is using this "quiet" time to do some maintenance on trails affected by the fires, but trails in Bull of the Woods probably need a lot of attention to.  I doubt they got much in the way of traffic this year.

The entire west side of the district was closed and completely unavailable last year.  There is a LOT of trail mileage that was not affected by the fires.

I hope your facebook group is successful in getting some traction on 224 reopening. 

Pete Giordano397072624
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01/22/2022 - 9:31 am
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Unfortunately, my understanding is that the FS isn't doing much ground work in the fire areas because of their "safety" concerns. I think some road issues were fixed by fire crews but I don't know much about trail work. There are large areas of the Forest that were mostly missed by both fires but without access it is going to be a struggle to even get volunteers out to assess and do any work.

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