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James Peak Parking now is PAY PARKING

Postby smitchell333 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:26 am

Went up to tour James Peak on Saturday. As soon as we pulled in the traditional parking lot we were approached by a guy claiming to be the new owner of the land and told he was going to develop the property next year and that we now had to pay $5 to park there.

Since its traditionally been free it ticked me off a bit and we left to go elsewhere.

I'm sure he's within his rights, if he is the property owner, but its kinda lame IMO.

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Postby yorksman » Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:51 am

Its been a while since I was up there, how easy was it to find alternate parking?
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Postby timstich » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:07 am

Yeah, too bad. It would have been nice if that parking had been owned by BLM and made official. I was wondering about alternative parking there myself. Seems pretty scarce.

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Postby smitchell333 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:57 am

I'm not sure there IS any alternative parking. I'm pretty sure the road is off limits as is typical for county roads due to plowing and I dont know where else you'd park.

We left and toured Mt Wood near Mt Parnassus/by Jones pass instead.

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Postby ocomik » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:10 am

smitchell333 wrote:Went up to tour James Peak on Saturday. As soon as we pulled in the traditional parking lot we were approached by a guy claiming to be the new owner of the land and told he was going to develop the property next year and that we now had to pay $5 to park there.

Since its traditionally been free it ticked me off a bit and we left to go elsewhere.

I'm sure he's within his rights, if he is the property owner, but its kinda lame IMO.


Hate to be the cynic but are you sure he was on the up and up?
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Postby smitchell333 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:12 am

ocomik wrote:Hate to be the cynic but are you sure he was on the up and up?


No. But he had a plat showing the property. He was parked in a jeep with snow plow. It pissed me off so I just left rather than inquire further.

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Postby Steve Bonowski » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:33 am

The CMC is working on this issue. Nothing to report yet, but there is a staff meeting at the Club hopefully tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday) to review the situation and possible options. Steve

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Postby fiddlinclimber » Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:51 am

What parking lot is that? Not the one at the trailhead to St. Mary's "Glacier" is it?

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Postby Scott P » Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:08 pm

Suck to pay, but at least he's only asking for $5 instead of the $250 for Culebra.
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Postby smitchell333 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:13 pm

fiddlinclimber wrote:What parking lot is that? Not the one at the trailhead to St. Mary's "Glacier" is it?



Yes precisely

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Postby cheeseburglar » Mon Mar 10, 2008 1:29 pm

Scott P wrote:Suck to pay, but at least he's only asking for $5 instead of the $250 for Culebra.


Did they raise the price on Culebra? I thought it was still $100.

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Re: James Peak Parking now is PAY PARKING

Postby Merlin6803 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:37 pm

Please pardon my ignorance, but if you are talking about the James Peak I go to, I go to Rolinsville and park at the moffit tunnel, It's on the other side of the divide from where I think you're talking about, but again, I could be on a different mountain all-together. Great hiking up there though.

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