Please stay on the trail.

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Please stay on the trail.

Postby 8000too » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:50 am

The tundra above treeline is very fragile and has a very short growing season. Please make efforts to preserve its beauty.

Please:
Stay on the trail. Don't form a new trail by walking on level, soft tundra.
Take break on rocks. Walking on durable surfaces like rock goes a long way to preservation.
Down hill traffic yields to uphill. No need to leave trail to pass others on the trail. Just pull over on a rock.
Urinate on rocks and not the tundra. Marmots will eat the tundra if saturated with salt rich urine.

Please get the word out and say something to others, this is our playground.

I was on Mount Elbert this last weekend and saw some pretty ridiculous trail formation. Check out the pics, a new trail is forming when there is already seven!
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seven parallel trails, ouch
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby Crusty » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:03 am

I saw a guy doing that with his Hummer. It looked like he was having fun. He had an REI sticker on the bumper. Typical.
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby its_not_a_tuba » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:04 am

Damn you Bill Middlebrook!!!
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby wildlobo71 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:07 am

Crusty wrote:I saw a guy doing that with his Hummer. It looked like he was having fun. He had an REI sticker on the bumper. Typical.


I blame it on g.
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby ajkagy » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:07 am

looks like moto trails...all you people need to stop hiking 14ers since it's not cool anymore :-D
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:27 am

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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby bergsteigen » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:32 am

But where I hike, there are usually no trails...
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby wildlobo71 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:34 am

bergsteigen wrote:But where I hike, there are usually no trails...


Told you being a hipster was uncool...
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby RyanSchilling » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:37 am

Since it's on Elbert, I'm guessing mountain bikes have played a role in the trail braiding
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby Jim Davies » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:37 am

It seems most hikers on this route also go "off-trail" a lot.

I'd guess that one good solid trail that isn't a six-inch-wide trench would encourage hikers to stay on one route here. These look like social trails.
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby DeucesWild » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:46 am

Jim Davies wrote:It seems most hikers on this route also go "off-trail" a lot.


They are building their route-finding skills. Pushing their limits.
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Re: Please stay on the trail.

Postby madbuck » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:21 am

reinhold wrote:Since it's on Elbert, I'm guessing mountain bikes have played a role in the trail braiding



(Edited from initial: I have no idea which type of users may have caused this)

Let's not make it worse: "Keep septupletrack septuple!"
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