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  1. #1
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    Feb 2004

    Gold Camp Rd. in Colorado Springs

    Hi Ya'All:

    For those that ride in Colorado Springs, for those that might ride there some time, and even for those that care about trail changes, read on ...

    I am forwarding (without permissino) an email from Jim Yount, an member of Medicine Wheel in Colorado Springs (one of the best bike clubs in the world, IMHO :-)).
    Here's a link to the page where the just released plan for Gold Camp Road is
    posted.* For those that haven't heard, the Forest Service plans to open Gold
    Camp Road to one way (up) motor vehicle traffic (their "Alternative C").* I
    haven't read the whole thing yet, but I did find it interesting that in
    Chapter 2 (table on page 2-28) that there is no mention of the effect of
    opening the road to all of the current users of the road (they do say
    decreased off-leash pets and increase in use of trails by mountain bikes,
    but they otherwise say "no effect to other existing recreation uses!")* What
    are they smoking!?!* (please excuse my editorial comment!)

    I highly encourage all to read this.* The upside of the favored alternative
    is development of more trails in the area (always a positive for us), but
    the downside is the displacement of the current users of Gold Camp Road (no
    more walking with your kids & dogs on the road, no more teaching your kids
    how to ride a bike on the road, etc.).* I've mixed emotions myself, but I'd
    probably give up some extra trails if the other users would still be able to
    use the road.* Anyway, here's the link:

    Jim Yount
    (719) 540-1505
    The Lee-Man

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    Jan 2004
    Thanks for the post, it's easy to forget access stuff during the cold dark winter. Oh for the days of the front range advocacy sticky.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    Jan 2004

    I'm so mixed on this idea...

    It's great to ride middle Gold Camp without any cars on it, but it isn't THAT bad to ride lower Gold Camp between the bottom of Jacks and the parking lot with cars. It will still be closed to cars in the winter (which is the only time I have ridden that section in the past 6 years). And on the really positive side, it will shave 20-30 minutes off of a shuttle run.

    On the negative, overall traffic on lower Gold Camp will increase and most of the increase will be posuers who want to take their new SUV "off road" which is a bad scene (anyone remember the two women in the Excursion on Old Stage driving on the wrong side of the road last summer because they were afraid of the drop-off?).

    If they did build new trails and trailheads on middle Gold Camp they would be a PITA to get to unless you rode up to them--traffic is supposed to be one way (up).

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