scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Backpacking in Colorado & Mountainbikes.
James H. Moss (JHMoss@LAWYERNET.COM
Sat Feb 26 2000 - 18:56:13 CST
First Mountain bikes. Mountain bikes must yield to horses and all people on
foot, whether going uphill or down in Colorado by law. Hikers must yield to
horses. The horse people in Colorado are well organized and I have seen a
lot of mountain bikers and hikers arrested for not yielding around Denver.
When I hear a mountain biker coming I stand still. If the mountain biker
slows down, I get out of their way. 90% of them say thank you. If they
don't slow down I stand there. I am 6'3 etc. Most mountain bikers in
Colorado know the law and will say excuse me when they see you so they can
get past. I would think it equally impolite to force a faster moving
mountain biker to stay behind a crew when stepping off the trail for 5
seconds solves everyone's problems.
Hiking around Colorado Springs. I would not!
The mountains of the front range of Colorado are swarmed all summer. I
would suggest you go an hour or 2 farther back into the interior. The
Winemauche near Pagosa Springs, Indian Peaks SW of Fort Collins, the
Collegian Peaks near Salida offer greater opportunity, more variety and
safer backpacking for Scouts. New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana are the same.
If you need more suggestions email me off list.
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