Trail troubles |

Trail troubles

(This is a copy of a letter sent to the local Forest Service trails supervisor.)Dear Editor: I am reporting a small cave-in at the very end of switchback 19 on the Ute Trail. Only 30 feet from the U-Notch at the top, there is a section of trail held up only by a 10-foot log.As of last week, about three feet of that log was in midair because of the cave-in of the trail underneath it. The rest of the log will surely cave in all at once when it subjected to normal alternate wetting and drying from the weather.I read that a volunteer trail crew has scheduled a day up there later in the summer. I suggest that the USFS or the head of the volunteers send a scout up there to verify what I say and then perhaps schedule a emergency repair before the scheduled date.As an old local, I’ve hiked the Ute Trail hundreds of times over a period of 30 years. It is very easy for one’s footwear to slip on the ever-present loose sand and gravel. It is the hiker’s responsibility to adjust, just as a driver has to slow down for ice on the road.If the trail caves in where I am reporting, anyone going down with it would have to be lucky not to be carried out by Mountain Rescue, and that outcome would not have been the victim’s fault to the same degree.David BentleyAspen

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