Fourmile flood photo survey: Logan Mill to Gold Run

In my last post, I looked at the flood damage to lower Fourmile Canyon, between Poorman Rd and the “Smokey the Bear” fire danger sign (approx. 0.8 miles from Boulder Canyon Hwy 119).

This post is a survey of the flood damage higher in the canyon, between Logan Mill Rd. and Gold Run Rd. All photos were shot between 6 and 7pm on 9.15.13.

waterfall

First, I’ll say that I found Fourmile Canyon Drive to be intact and passable from Poorman Rd. (where I live) up past Logan Mill Rd. on the evening of 9.15.13. This does not mean that it will remain that way, or that it’s safe to travel there. There’s the constant threat of further flooding, as well as rockfall. I don’t recommend travelling anywhere in Fourmile Canyon. Logan Mill Rd is inaccessible, as the bridge there has failed.

Access to Fourmile Canyon is only possible via Sunshine Canyon and Poorman Rd. There are a few damaged spots on both of these roads, and they are restricted to residents and emergency vehicles.

overview upper fourmile

upper map

About 0.5 Miles past Logan Mill Rd, near 4367 Fourmile Canyon Dr, the road is washed out and impassable to vehicle traffic. This is at 40° 2’50.22″N 105°22’2.18″W

upper fourmile pano1

first damage

The first road damage encountered when driving up canyon from Poorman.

downed bridge

This bridge accesses 4367 and 4369 Fourmile Canyon Dr.

The first damage is just below these mailboxes.

The first damage is just below these mailboxes.

Looking back down canyon at the first damaged spot.

Looking back down canyon at the first damaged spot.

The second damaged section of road is just around the bend at:

40° 2’54.45″N 105°22’4.59″W

It’s below 4451 Fourmile Canyon Drive.

The second damaged section. The road is completely gone.

The second damaged section. The road is completely gone.

Same spot.

Same spot.

Looking back down canyon at the second damaged spot.

Looking back down canyon at the second damaged spot.

The second damaged spot is just below 4451 Fourmile Canyon Dr. and this house, 4472 I think.

The second damaged spot is just below 4451 Fourmile Canyon Dr. and this house, 4472 I think.

The driveway to 4472.

The driveway to 4472.

The third damaged section is just up the road at:
40° 2’59.66″N 105°22’4.42″W

The third damaged section.

The third damaged section.

Same spot. This entire section of pavement appears to be detached.

Same spot. This entire section of pavement appears to be detached.

An undercut section at  40° 3'0.32"N 105°22'7.01"W

An undercut section at 40° 3’0.32″N 105°22’7.01″W

The next damaged section starts at:
40° 3’3.41″N 105°22’13.63″W
Just below 4726 Fourmile Canyon Dr.

This 250 meter section, to the junction of Fourmile Canyon Drive and Goldrun Road, is almost completely destroyed and barely passable, even on foot. Travel here is definitely not advised.

fourth damaged spot

pano 2

Mailbox for 4726 Fourmile Canyon Dr.

Mailbox for 4726 Fourmile Canyon Dr.

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There's no road here.  40° 3'3.08"N 105°22'16.87"W

There’s no road here.
40° 3’3.08″N 105°22’16.87″W

Looking back down canyon at the same spot.

Looking back down canyon at the same spot.

Coming around the corner to the junction of Fourmile and Goldrun, I was shocked. This little crossroads was a beautiful little cluster of homes. I can only hope that nobody was hurt when the water came through.

goldrun pano2

goldrun pano

collapsed

Looking up Gold Run rd. towards Gold Hill.

Looking up Gold Run rd. towards Gold Hill.

Again, please contact me at scottbennett08@gmail.com if you have any questions. Unfortunately, I don’t have any information on missing people, please contact the Sheriff.

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17 Responses to Fourmile flood photo survey: Logan Mill to Gold Run

  1. Linda Lile says:

    my friend Alex Gregory lived around 8000 Four Mile Cyn. Did you make it up that far? We haven’t heard from him since Thursday.

    • Lars says:

      Thanks for the detailed pictures Scott! Any idea on access to Fourmile Canyon Dr from the West via Switzerland trail from either Gold Hill or Sugar Loaf?

      Linda,

      I also have not heard from Alex since Thursday. Do you have any updates? I will try and get up there this afternoon.

      Lars (Alex’s landlord).

      • ropeandsummit says:

        Lars- I can’t confirm this myself, but I talked to someone that had walked to the Sunset area from the Goldrun/Fourmile Junction. He told me that he met Xcel energy crews there, and they had driven over the Switzerland Trail, I think from the Sugarloaf side.

        If you go, be safe, and email me info and photos to post here.

      • Lars says:

        Will update you if we make it up there.

      • Lars says:

        I made it up to Sunset and the West end of Fourmile Canyon Dr via Sunshine Canyon, Gold Hill and the Switzerland Trail. Sunshine has a police roadblock and restricted to mountain residents with ID only. From Sunshine to the turn off for Switzerland trail the road is in fine shape and passable by any vehicle. Switzerland trail is not much different from normal, however there are a few eroded spots and a mud hole at the top. Fourmile Canyon Dr from Sunset down to the 8 mile mark has some serious damage, however it is passable in a high clearance 4WD. We did not go further East than the 8 mile mark, however we were told that there was at least major damage at Emerson gulch, and it is not passable for far east of mile 8. Penn Gulch and the South branch of Switzerland Trail from Sunset to Sugarloaf are not passable. This is a viable route to houses West of the 8 mile mark, given a high clearance four wheel drive if you absolutely need to get up to Sunset. There is no power or phone in Fourmile.

        Linda – Alex is fine.

      • ropeandsummit says:

        Thanks Lars, that’s great information!!

    • Gayle says:

      I live at 7848 and saw Alex on Saturday. He’s been a god-send to everyone at my house and above. His in high spirits and wonderful. He’s been working on the washouts in Fourmile and along the Switzerland Trail. He was staying at his house as of Saturday and everything looked good.
      Hope this helps!

  2. Tina Keshishian says:

    Amazing photos of unbelievable damage ….. Stay safe.

  3. Ric Skinner says:

    A picture is worth a thousand words, and here, clearly, ten thousand emotions!

  4. Steve says:

    Hi Scott,
    Thanks for the flood pictures. Our swiftwater rescue team did the first searches of this area Friday through Sunday and being able to show others what if was like is nice. There are a lot of resourceful and helpful residents there helping each other out. I think we only had to help a handful of folks despite the destruction. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you.

    Steve Howard, Basalt Fire Rescue

  5. Gina Finney says:

    I am wondering if there were any photos of Wallstreet?

    • Bob Campbell says:

      Hey Scott, thanks for the great pictures and info, I live in Summerville and walked; Goldhill to Salina to Wallstreet To Melvina Back to Goldhill on Friday and again on Monday. Goldrun rd from Summerville to Salina is completely gone for about 90% of it. Wallstreet is cut off, all the bridges are gone but all homes I could get appeared to be ok. Power was back on in wallstreet on Monday.

    • Eugene@FJ45.com says:

      I saw clear Wallstreet images here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3u07CvmMS4
      As a formal Wallstreet resident I was particularly curious about how it was impacted.

  6. Thanks for posting the photos! I live in the mountains and I’m gonna take Sunshine Canyon up tonight and was looking for information.

  7. Sara Lee says:

    Thanks for the good photos of Four Mile Canyon flooding.. Do you have any others on down even more – specifically of Boulder Mountain Lodge and the historic town site of Orodell where Mike Sandrock lives now?

  8. Sonja says:

    Scott-
    Thank you so much for these pix and the opportunity to hear about 4-mile.
    We lived in Summerville back in the 60s (3 or 4 different cabins through my childhood). I understand that the road is 90% gone. Any word or images re: the cabins?
    Thank you again, Scott.
    Be safe!
    Sonja

  9. Juliette Bourdier says:

    Dear Scott,
    I haven’t been able to get information about my place.
    I am at the very end of Fourmile canyon (the road ends on my property)
    Do you know if the traffic has been re-opened to reach Wall Street or Sunset?
    I have been looking for a website… but no joy
    Thank you very Much
    Juliette
    I have been out of town…and can’t come to see by myself

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