The upper gate on Basalt Mountain Road (FS 524), which usually opens to motorized travel on June 21, will be delayed by at least a week as crews repair damage to this road and Cattle Creek Road (FS 509) caused by last summer’s Lake Christine Fire.

According to a press release, the Forest Service Road Crew will begin working on Basalt Mountain Road and Cattle Creek Road on approximately July 1 to repair damage to both roads.

“This work will begin in early July and is expected to be completed by the end of the month,” according to the release.

The gate at Cattle Creek Road will open for a brief time on June 21, it was noted. “It will then close to motorized travel again on July 1 for approximately two weeks to allow crews time to safely repair this section,” it continued.

While the gates on both roads are closed, non-motorized use on foot, by bicycle or horseback will be permitted.

“Visitors should be prepared to encounter heavy equipment as well as falling trees and other hazards as a result of the Lake Christine Fire,” according to the release.