[cdt-l] Carson to Cataract Lake

Jim Wolf mail at cdtsociety.org
Tue Nov 21 13:52:30 CST 2006

We spoke with the Forest Service about this.  Yes, the route is officially
closed to motorized vehicles. And yes, there is OHV use. But the Forest
Service acknowledges the problem and does try to police it -- they
supposedly ticketed about five offenders last summer.  This section is also
part of the Colorado Trail, and perhaps the Colorado Trail Foundation will
play an active role in getting a handle on the motorized use issue.
Meanwhile, please send us any photos documenting OHV use as well as accounts
of meeting OHV users on the trail (preferably with dates, location, license
numbers, etc., if available).

Jim Wolf

[James R. Wolf
Continental Divide Trail Society
3704 N. Charles St. (#601)
Baltimore MD 21218]

----- Original Message ----- >

> >>But the USFS relocations do nothing to address the rampant
> >>destruction of
> trail with motor bikes between Cataract Lake and Carson
> Pass.
> The Carson Pass area has been the site of heavy OHV use for
> years. I remember how badly degraded the singletrack trail
> was in this area back in '98 on my CT thru. Very painful to
> see, especially in such fragile meadowy terrain above
> treeline.
> There were signs disallowing motorbikes where the trail left
> Carson Pass southbound. But a sign is not the same as
> enforcement. Until the road(s) leading to the pass are gated
> (I assume they're not), and maybe a fenceline installed, the
> CDT is bound to cross a traffic-bearing road in this area.
> Part of the problem is topographic. The San Juans are
> certainly rugged, but not in the same way as the Sierra
> Nevada, for instance. Roads can, have, and will be torn
> through the CDT high country. Only awareness, vigilance and
> restraint will curb the epidemic.
> - blisterfree

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