Hikers’ muddy boot tracks suspend grooming operations

West Elk mud trail 2-13-16

Kay’s Loop, Zeus’s Cutoff, and Eric’s Loop now closed to hikers!

Snowshoes and skis only!

Around 1PM today, a group of 5 walkers tracked mud on to the trail, across the full width and over a quarter mile up Hwy 819. Because of the amount of dirt on the trail, running the ginzugroomer will spread the dirt further down the trail. Dirt on the trail absorbs sunlight, promotes snow melt, and rapidly deteriorates trail conditions. Once the trails have received 6-8” of new snow, grooming operations will resume.

To preserve the quality of the groomed trails, foot traffic is now limited to Hwy 819 and the section of Kay’s Loop that leads to Dorothy’s view. The rest of Kay’s Loop, all of Eric’s Loop, and Zeus’s Cutoff are closed to foot traffic.

Please, clean the mud off your shoes, boots, and snowshoes before you use the trails to keep as much dirt off the trail surface as possible.

The temps were in the high 30s to low 40s today with cloudy skies. Bruce Kime ran the ginzugroomer on all the trails on Friday, 2/12. The trails are smooth and very fast. Skiing Eric’s Loop counter-clockwise is recommended. Mild days and cool nights make for a slick trail surface. Icy patches in open areas and soft serve ice cream in the woods.

West Elk mud 2-13-16

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2 Responses to “Hikers’ muddy boot tracks suspend grooming operations”

  1. carlie56@sopris.net

    Good morning Peggy,Although this is extremely discouraging to see and read about, we greatly appreciate your posts and updates.  I can’t believe anyone would think this is “OK” to do, and I would have been heartsick to drive up with skis only to see the trails trashed with mud.  We’ll wait for new snow.  Thank you for all you do.Jill— comment-reply@wordpress.com wrote:From: West Elk Multi-Use Club <comment-reply@wordpress.com>To: carlie56@sopris.netSubject: [New post] Hikers’ muddy boot tracks suspend grooming operationsDate: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 02:52:05 +0000

    Peggy Tibbetts posted: ”
    Kay’s Loop, Zeus’s Cutoff, and Eric’s Loop now closed to hikers!
    Snowshoes and skis only!
    Around 1PM today, a group of 5 walkers tracked mud on to the trail, across the full width and over a quarter mile up Hwy 819. Because of the amount of dirt on t”

    • Peggy Tibbetts

      Jill, there’s no need to stay off the trails. Most of the muddy snow is concentrated at the trailhead and scattered for about 1/4 mi. The groomers can’t run the sleds or the ginzu through the mud because the tracks and mat will pick up the mud and spread it out on the trail. In more than 10 years we’ve never seen people trash the trails like this. We don’t really understand how people can be so thoughtless and stupid.

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