Bikers should heed signs about private property |

Bikers should heed signs about private property

Sam McCleneghan Farmer's Korner

Summit County has between 80 and 85 percent of its area as National Forest, public open space or public accessible recreational areas such as Dillon and Green Mountain reservoirs and the ski areas.I would like to remind all those mountain biking enthusiasts who seem to think that they have a God-given right to ride any existing old roads, trails, doubletracks, mining ditches, etc. that there is still private property in Summit County which the public does not necessarily have the right to cross. The Colorado Division of Wildlife reminds us hunters and fishermen, and I would like to add to that list all outdoor enthusiasts, that it is the responsibility of the sportsman to know where the private land is. It is not necessary that it be fenced or posted. You are responsible for knowing where you are.Some mountain bikers crossing my property the other day lied to me. Their tire tracks in the soft dirt revealed the truth. I know exactly what trail they rode down to enter my property. A sign was ignored that I placed on a tree, on public land and clearly visible that says, “Dead end trail. No outlet through public land.”I did it to inform an adventuresome biker or hiker what lay ahead and to save them from a long and aggravating uphill return trip.I was told by one of the trespassing mountain bikers that, “Yes, we understand it’s private land, but it would be nice if I would share.”I am a lot more receptive to those who “ask first.”If they think I was a bit hard on them, which I was, I dare them to ride without permission across one of the ranches between Silverthorne and Kremmling. I know what kind of a reception they would get.

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