[Cdt-l] Lujan to La Garita CDNST Relocation

Tony Mason tony at greyrock.org
Tue Dec 4 18:50:43 CST 2012

I have to agree with Camp. I too have thru-hiked and thru-biked this
section and saw no bikes besides myself.
This is a very remote area that gets virtually no use other than hikers and
bikers on the CT/CDT.
In fact I would argue that it should be left as is and the resources be
spent on other areas that get more traffic and have higher potential for
user conflict. Monarch Crest would be an obvious choice.

On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 1:12 PM, Steven Camp <wingnut.hiker at gmail.com> wrote:

> As a lifelong resident of Colorado, I have to say that comparing the
> potential for this new piece of trail to get overused by bicyclists as in
> the Monarch Crest is extremely misleading.
> The Monarch Crest bike ride is a travesty and a environmental disaster.  It
> is a commercially supported downhill bike ride with 3800' feet of descent
> and of moderate difficulty. (A somewhat effortless downhill thrill ride.)
> It
> is easy to access, being within two hours driving time of 3 million people.
> A commercial shuttle operation takes cyclists to the top and they come
> screaming down, day after day.
> By contrast, the area where this 32 miles of trail is going to be built is
> very remote, much further away, and much less accessible.  The nearest
> towns
> are Saguache and Gunnison, which are tiny population centers.  The proposed
> new trail is not a downhill ride, but typical up and down trail terrain.
> There are numerous rides of the same caliber much closer to Denver.  There
> is really no reason whatsoever to think people would travel 450 miles or
> more for a day ride that can be found in one's backyard.
> It this is built it will be part of the Colorado Trail. CT people will
> build
> it. They will adopt it. They will maintain it. It has always been the norm
> for the CT and other trails in Colorado to be open to bicycles except in
> wilderness areas. There are probably fewer than 100 or so people who ride
> the CT end to end every year. That number is a realistic one for how much
> use this new trail might get. A hiker might see a bicycle or two in this
> area, but probably won't. The two times I have been through here I never
> saw
> a cyclist other than myself.
> As someone who has both thru-hiked, thru-biked and been on trail crews
> building and maintaining the CT, I can tell you emphatically that it is the
> best built, best maintained trail in Colorado. The road walk that this new
> trail will replace consists of some nasty jeep trails which are just as
> unpleasant to mountain bikers as they are to hikers.
> Yours for non motorized multi-use, and sharing...
> Camp
> (PCT 2005  CT 2007, 2009  GET 2008, CDT 2010)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
> On Behalf Of Jim Wolf
> Sent: Monday, December 03, 2012 8:38 PM
> To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
> Subject: [Cdt-l] Lujan to La Garita CDNST Relocation
> The Forest Service has proposed to relocate the CDT for 32 miles in
> southern
> Colorado -- from Lujan Creek to the La Garita Wilderness. (This is in the
> Cochetopa Hills, south of Monarch Pass.)
> The new alignment would be a nonroaded route close to the Continental
> Divide
> and off the roads that have been used to date. Under the preferred
> alternative, travel would be restricted to foot and equestrian use, and
> mountain biking would not be allowed.
> Although we have some concerns about water access and details of the
> location, we generally endorse the Forest Service's proposal.
> Mountain biking organizations are urging the Forest Service to open the
> trail to mechanized users. With the nearby example of the bike freeway
> between Monarch Pass and Marshall Pass in mind, we are urging the Forest
> Service to hold to its understanding that mountain biking in this unspoiled
> and scenic setting would not be consistent with the nature and purposes of
> the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail.
> We have submitted comments to the Forest Service.
> Our comments, with links to related information, have been posted in the
> What's New section of our website, www.cdtsociety.org .
> Please take a look at the materials we have posted. You can submit comments
> (address posted on our site) by December 17.
> We would appreciate your sending us your submissions or other thoughts on
> this matter.
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Robert Anthony Mason MD
Windsor Family Clinic PC
4630 Royal Vista 7
Windsor, CO 80521
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