Letter: Ivy, In response to Maggart’s article about the Stillwater Pass area
In response to Maggart’s article about the Stillwater Pass area,
Regarding the article “Grand County Rambler” by Lance Maggart. My family has lived in the Stillwater Pass area since the 1960s. I would agree that the area is a beautiful area for various recreational activities. I would caution users that road and trail conditions on Forest Roads 123 and 120 above the Idleglen Staging area haven’t been maintained in years. FS Road 123 over Stillwater Pass is down to one lane with erosion cuts just above the Idleglen Staging area. Washout repairs were attempted several years ago but discontinued. Lack of ditching has allowed run off to erode the remaining lane. Where it was a popular auto route it now is barely accessible for 4-wheel drive. Forest Road 120 above the North Supply Road and including the North Supply Road takes at least a pickup to navigate the holes, erosion cuts, exposed boulders. The Bowen Interpretive trail road is impassable except for OHVs and traveling FS 120 from there up, good luck. FS 120 ends at the trail to the beautiful Blue Ridge Trail described in this article. The Forest Service in our area would rather have workers building fences and installing gates to exclude the public from historic access than having them ditch and maintain public access. The Arapahoe National Forest management seems to have little interest in basic road maintenance or trail and campground rule enforcement, at least in the Stillwater area.
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