Little: U.S. Forest Service should live up to its motto

Forest Service should live up to its motto

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, I led the Senior Center X Country Ski group on our annual ski of the Peaks Trail. The Snow Gods blessed us with 5 inches of fresh snow on Monday. We met at the Summit Stage stop at the community center to catch the 8:07 bus to the gondola in Breck. We took the gondola to Peak Seven and walked to the trailhead. We were on the trail by 9 a.m. It was a beautiful crisp, cold morning but the forest and the uphill climbs on the early part of the trail warmed us nicely. We enjoyed the “dense forest” as the trail cuts across the flanks of the Tenmile Range. Intermittent sun filtered through the forest canopy. Switchbacks were numerous as we crossed a number of drainages. As usual our group was impressed with basically healthy forest and the variety of tree species we encountered on the trail. The last section of the trail is fairly steep as it drops down to Miners Creek Road. Our group continued our ski to our lunch at our home in Bills Ranch.

As our group talked over lunch we all were hopeful that the logging contracts that are ongoing between Breckenridge and Ophir Mountain would maintain the integrity of the Peaks Trail which was built by the Forest Service with help from local volunteers and later improved by the Colorado Mountain Club and the Colorado Outdoor Education Center members. This beautiful trail used and enjoyed year-round by thousands of enthusiasts should not be compromised in any way. We can only hope that the U.S. Forest Service will live up to their motto: Caring for the land and serving people. We can only hope that the U.S. Forest Service will be moved by the same passion we have when it comes to them making decisions regarding preserving the beauty of our many trails.

Ben Little

Bills Ranch

Board Member Bills Ranch HOA

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