[cdt-l] Backpacker Magazine C.D.T. Project (Skot Phrea)

Terry Norton terry.norton at msubulldogs.org
Thu Sep 13 13:05:09 CDT 2007

The development plan for Berthoud Pass had a comment ending in 2005.
The following is from a USFS document:

Proposed Site Improvements:
The Forest Service is proposing site improvements at Berthoud Pass to
provide the following:
orientation, interpretation and recreation opportunities; a CDNST
trailhead interpretive plaza
and continental divide monument; improvements to parking for
pedestrian safety; locations
where universal trail design can be highlighted; scenic vista
overlooks; and restrooms or
other potential facilities.


I saw a map for the final design about two years ago at a ski patrol
meeting. The big surprise was a pedestrian bridge over US40 to
accommodate parking on both sides of the road.

There has been a desire to have publicly accessible restrooms at the
pass since the closing of the ski area.  The old lodge was considered
insufficient and would have required major expense to update and
maintain.  Currently the Backcountry Snowsports Alliance (BSA) and
other groups maintain a few port-a-johns at the pass for summer and
winter use.

The Berthoud Pass area sees exceptionally heavy use in the winter, and
the current parking conditions were deemed both dangerous and
unsustainable.  The USFS wanted a hardened (i.e. concrete or asphalt)
area which would be easier to maintain.  Additionally, summer visitors
could be better directed to avoid alpine area damage through effective
fencing and trail design.


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