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A cleaner, less-smelly Smuggler trail

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The trail up Smuggler Mountain ” a popular dog-walking route for Aspenites ” is suddenly virtually feces-free this spring, according to Pitkin County Open Space Ranger John Armstrong.

“It was so clean that I was frankly stunned,” said Armstrong, who walked the trail last week. “As far as open space goes, we just think the dog community should give themselves a pat on the back. It’s just so amazing.”

Armstrong said he did some informal research, and is pretty sure the cleaner, less-smelly Smuggler is the result of increasingly responsible dog walkers, not an organized clean-up.

“I think people are really just taking responsibility,” he said. “They have the message, and the ethic has caught on.”

Armstrong added that bag dispensers at the bottom of the mountain and three trash cans in the first quarter-mile have made a big difference. Each year, he said, Pitkin County Open Space hauls approximately 2.5 tons of bagged dog waste off Smuggler Mountain.

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