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Long's Peks from Bierstadt Lake

Long's Peak from Bierstadt Lake

Sunday September 3rd - Photo Of The Week...

Situated at 9,416 feet, beautiful Bierstadt Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park is featured in this week's photo of the week.

Biestdat Lake is located atop a lateral moraine overlooking the magnificent Glacier Gorge area. Several species of birds and wildlife are often seen from the trail which circles the lake.

The breath-taking views along the way to Bierstadt Lake make this a favorite trail for many hikers. In the Fall, the hillsides along the trail are ablaze with changing Aspens. Some of the best photo opportunities in the area can be found at this time of year along the switchbacks of the Bierstadt Lake Trail. If you are planning a hike to this area, be sure to bring along a camera and be prepared to take lots of pictures.

One of many spectacular views along the Bierstadt Lake TrailThe Bierstadt Lake Trail is very exposed in spots and can be quite warm during the summer months. Therefore, early morning and late afternoon are the recommended hiking times. The angle of the Sun and general lighting for photography is also much better during these times of day.

Bierstadt Lake is easily accessed from both the Bierstadt Lake Trailhead and the Bear Lake Trailhead along Bear Lake Road. Using the Bear Lake Shuttle Service is strongly recommended during the peak season, as parking at both of these trailheads is limited.

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Larimer County News Release

West Nile Mosquito
Spraying Recommended

Friday September 1st - West Nile Mosquito Spraying Recommended...

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment released maps showing mosquito trap counts for the most recent week available,  trap locations where mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus (at any time during the summer, not just past week), and the areas recommended for spraying in Fort Collins and Loveland.  The maps are available through the health department’s West Nile virus information webpage at .

According to Jessica Schurich, manager of the City of Loveland’s mosquito control program, the City of Loveland has completed the first of the two recommended mosquito treatments throughout southeast Loveland on Wednesday and Thursday, August 30th and 31st.  A second truck-based treatment of the same area is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5th, weather permitting.  Weather conditions, including wind, rain and temperature play a significant role in the effectiveness of spraying.

Since no spraying will be done over the holiday weekend, the City of Fort Collins will consider whether or not to spray next week after reviewing infections rates from this week. 

Numbers of human cases of West Nile virus in Larimer County jumped from five as of Friday, Aug 24th to thirteen cases and one blood donor as of Friday, Sept, 1st. These new cases probably reflect illnesses that started about three weeks ago. The state of Wyoming and counties surrounding Larimer report the same trend of rising numbers of human cases.  In all, 75 human cases have been confirmed to date in Colorado with one death. Last year at this time, there were 37 cases of West Nile virus statewide.

The Health Department strongly recommends that residents not mistake seeing low number of mosquitoes as meaning there is low West Nile virus risk.

“Though the total number of mosquitoes is actually low right now, the percentage of mosquitoes carrying West Nile is near the highest since the epidemic of 2003,” said Mike Doyle, Larimer County’s West Nile educator.    “It’s prudent for all of us to be extra careful to use preventive measures against being bit and infected.  Since this is an active  holiday weekend, don’t forget to use an effective repellent,” Doyle stresses.

Truck-based spraying for adult mosquitoes was recommended by Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the Larimer County Health Department after counts in certain areas exceeded thresholds adopted by the Board of Health.

For more information about mosquito populations, repellants and other ways to minimize mosquito bites, go to Or call 498-6752.

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