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[cdt-l] two questions about Colorado


Don't know the new developments about the RMNP loop, but last summer we were
at Jones Pass and talked with a FS volunteer who was involved with the
trail-building south of Jones Pass. The quote I got was that there was still
considerable trail to be built.  Unless I've completely lost it, I believe I
remember him citing as much as 30 miles of construction left to do.  I would
translate that into several years work, at least.  We did Jim Wolf's route
up Bobtail drainage over Ptarmigan Pass to Silverthorne and enjoyed it.
Great views along that stretch looking south toward Dillon Reservoir, Ten
Mile Range and Gore Range!


-----Original Message-----
From: Ginny & Jim Owen [mailto:spiritbear2k@hotmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 14, 2001 6:00 PM
To: Ellinwood_R@mail.lynchburg.edu
Subject: [cdt-l] two questions about Colorado

A couple of odd questions came to mind after rereading part of my journal:

Did they ever build the trail from Jones Pass over to Greys Peak?  They were

talking about doing that, but two years ago, the trail only went as far as 
Jones Pass.  After that there wasn't even an obvious cross country route. 
Most thruhikers are likely to do the trail into Silverthorne - much shorter 
and less roadwalking for one thing - but I was wondering what ever happened 
to the planned route.

Second - after designating the odd 30 mile loop into RMNP, I read that they 
were reconsidering the route (again, it's not one that most thruhikers are 
likely to take, but it's probably a nice weekend trip.)  So, whatever 
happened?  Did they decide on a new route through or around the park?  The 
trail up on the Divide near Bowen Pass was really nice, but the jeep roads 
down off the Divide were really a mess and it would be good to replace them 
with real trail.  Anyone know?


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