Long-term camping, littering and wildfire danger cited as reasons for proposal
A popular free camping zone between Keystone and Montezuma could be shut down by the U.S. Forest Service. According to the agency, the informal campsites have become a nuisance, with long-term campers damaging natural resources and littering the area with human waste and trash.
Construction of new dirt bike trails also under way
FRISCO — The U.S. Forest Service is implementing restoration plans associated with approval of the new off-road motorcycle trail system on Tenderfoot Mountain.
The trail system, long a local point of contention, was approved last year based on a compromise agreement among stakeholders. The Forest Service has already started building part of the trail, with new single-track visible just a few feet above, and running parallel to Straight Creek Road.
Community task force finds common ground on contentious proposal
By Bob Berwyn
*Previous Summit Voice stories on the Tenderfoot motorized trail proposal are online here.
FRISCO — Critics are likely to say it’s like putting lipstick on a pig, but the U.S. Forest Service claims its latest version of a plan for a motorized trail on Tenderfoot Mountain, near Dillon, will result in a managed, finite system of sustainable trails to replacing the existing spaghetti network of illegal trails in the area.
Travel management plan update results in some user-created trails becoming an official part of the trail network
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — If you’ve never heard of the Hippo Trail or the Bodhi Trail, don’t feel too bad. Both are newly named trail segments in Summit County that have just recently been formally added to the national forest trail system managed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Dillon Ranger District.
Many of the user-created have been popular with locals for years, but now they’re officially on the map, said Ken Waugh, recreation staff officer for the district.
“Many of these have never been maintained and have not been on District maps,” Waugh said, adding that the Forest Service is making an outreach effort to let hikers and cyclists know about the new trails.
Input wanted on overall plan for Summit County recreation area; Swan River restoration a big part of the effort
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The Forest Service is seeking public comment on an ambitious plan to remodel the Golden Horseshoe with sustainable trails and a particular focus on ecosystem restoration of the Swan River watershed, between Breckenridge and Frisco.
The environmental study now under way will evaluate and disclose potential effects proposed reconstruction and designation of several trails, in addition to closure and rehabilitation of several roads in the area.
Some trails already have informal names, given by neighborhood users over the years, and those will generally be adopted by the Forest Service, but about 100 trails are as-yet un-named, and the Dillon Ranger District is accepting suggestions through April 1.
In a press release, the district offered a few suggestions for names, saying that natural features, as well as geographic or historic landmarks, are suitable fodder for names, while naming a trail after oneself or for a friend is probably not appropriate. Crooked Creek, Twisted Pine or Bloated Goat could all work (hypothetical examples), while Joe’s Trail, or the Wilson’s Shoe Store Trail are not acceptable. Obscene or controversial names would not be considered.
SUMMIT COUNTY — The White River National Forest wants to build 15 miles of new multi-use trails in the Tenderfoot and Frey Gulch area to accommodate motorized use. The project is being developed in response to a proposal by the Summit County Off-Road Riders. The proposal includes the rehabilitation of 15 miles of existing trails in the same area. Some illegal user-created trails in the same area would be closed and rehabilitated.
According to the Forest Service, the goal is to change an unmanaged, expanding system of mostly steep, eroded, user-created trails to a managed, finite system of sustainable, well-designed trails, and to provide a single-track trail system that is managed specifically for motorcycle use.