Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Denver (Highlands aka NW Denver), CO
The Moody Hill/Crystal Mountain combo is my absolute favorite trail...definitely want to get out on it again this year.
There is a decent thread on Colorado4x4 about the closure and such, and while I'm not sure if there is a final outcome right now, the last official word I heard about it is that the Forest Service has decided not to enforce anything unless the lease holder for the land up there installs a gate.
According to a representative from COHVCO, there is currently a negotiation to lease an easement across the Land Trust land. They needed a large sponsor to help enforce it, and the Forest Service stepped up, and the funds are already available to pay for it. No one has said anything about the deal being officially sealed, but once negotiations started, the signs went down and the gate at the big intersection (where Moody comes in and the main road goes towards CO44) opened up.
At this point, it seems like its open until the CO Land Trust or the current lease holder takes further action to keep the general public from this trail. This is 3rd hand information though, so don't take my word completely for it. The same rules apply from before the closure stuff happened though, so stay on the trail and consider everything around it until about half way up the trail from the playground area to be surrounded by private land. There is a very tempting camping spot on the trail next to the big ledge in the playground area, but its definitely off limits.