Don’t destroy the trails
Fear that the Midland Trail at the base of Shadow Mountain will be partially obliterated prompts an outcry, from me and others that use this trail to go on to Little Cloud, then up to the Aspen Mountain trail, connecting to Summer Road, or on to the new Ajax Mountain trail.
Many have had a desire to continue the Midland Trail at the base of Shadow Mountain onto the Marolt Trail, and on up to Castle Creek. The plea now is to stop development on Shadow Mountain.
My husband, the late Al Blomquist, was a “trails man.” Nominated by the Aspen Parks Department, he received a national award for the planning and development of trails in Aspen. He was featured in a very early Banana Republic catalog as a “rails to trails” advocate, thus the Rio Grande Trail.
He worked for many years with the parks department, open space board, and many, many individuals, governments and citizens with a passion to develop bike, walking and hiking trails in Aspen and the area.
One of his fundamental principals in the design of trail systems was to enable the user to seamlessly link from the urban trails into the National Forest trails. These developments will challenge that concept and should be altered or rejected.
The area is habitat to many creatures that historically reside there and their existence, personal welfare and morally inherent rights should be protected. Also, mining era use of the trail was significant. The historical preservation branch of the government should also designate Midland Trail as historical.
Please help save Shadow Mountain from development.
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Former Aspen Skiing Co. executive and Aspen city councilman Derek Johnson has been released from state prison and is currently residing at a halfway house.