THUNDER RIDGE UPDATE
Thank you for you patience as we have been working on resolving access issues at Thunder Ridge. The PPCA has met multiple times with the USFS at Thunder, and have been collaborating on trying to preserve access to this climbing area for years to come. Thunder Ridge is indeed open, but we ask that you approach from the information below.
Per the local landowners request, we ask that climbers no longer approach via the private road. Instead, please use the social trail marked off the parking area as highlighted in the attached picture in BLUE. This image shows a mapping of the social trail that was recorded. The trail avoiding the road, is roughly .75 miles long and ascends 57'. This is roughly only a 15 minute hiked section to where it picks back up with the road after the private property. From there, the trail is as normal.
The PPCA has also met with Colorado Parks and Wildlife for site evaluations on Thunder Ridge as they also manage the area. As of July 1, 2020, anyone parking at the Thunder Ridge Trailhead is required to hold a CPW day pass or license. This is a new regulation that affects all CPW parking areas and not just Thunder Ridge. While the PPCA knows this is may be viewed as an inconvenience in the climbing community, please remember that the money collected is what is used to purchase and retain these public lands. We have attached information on the CPW Regulation below with a QR link for more.
Thank you so much once again for your patience. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email PPCASouthPlatte@gmail.com