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Letter: No bikes in our wilderness

Are you kidding? The Sustainable Trails Coalition wants to turn our pristine but overcrowded U.S. Forest Service wilderness areas into bike areas. Teddy Roosevelt would be turning over in his grave.

Our beautiful Colorado high country wilderness is a place where everyone can take a much-needed break from our fast-moving world by enjoying a walking hike or a walking horse back ride. The principal word is “walking.” Peaceful walks in the wilderness are good for one’s soul.

Can you imagine Snowmass Creek Trail being inundated with mountain bikes, making daily trips to Snowmass Lake, up and back in one day? Our wilderness is the last bastion of moderately undisturbed wild parts of our country. Wilderness areas are the only places that mountain bikes, motorized vehicles and chainsaws cannot be used.

I applaud Mike Pritchard of the RFMBA and the International Mountain Bicycling Association for not supporting this grab at our last protected wild places. After all, RFMBA has extensive plans to develop a maze of trails across the 9,100 acres on “The Crown,” which is all the land just below Mount Sopris, between Emma and Carbondale.

Isn’t this enough? RFMBA is also developing many new trails for bikes around Glenwood Springs. It seems to me that something should be left for hikers and equestrians to enjoy.

Holly McLain


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