We were the team leaders of a team that headed up to Washington Gulch. Our team of 8 started near the bottom of the switchbacks and headed back down valley from there. We removed a lot of trash like car parts, cinder blocks, mattress springs, even a bucket full of poop. We also decommissioned some unnecessary fire rings, and cleaned up the ones that remained in place.
At our meeting a little over a week ago, we unveiled our Mapping Project! We are trying our best to gather data about users who venture into our winter trailheads and backcountry terrain, primarily on National Forest lands. We want to know who is using our winter trails, for what purpose, and how often. We intend to use this data to help make educated and informed decisions about winter travel management, especially when the Forest Service decides the winter travel management plan needs to be reviewed.
On Tuesday, January 19th, the Crested Butte Town Council will be having a session which will be of particular importance to those interested in winter trailhead use. At 6 pm, there will be a work session which is described as a “discussion between Council, Staff, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, Nordic Center, and the Crested Butte Land Trust about Issues Relevant to Winter Trail Use.” At 7 pm, the town council meeting begins, and Silent Tracks will be presenting to the town council. According to the published agenda, they are set to present at 7:55 pm. Both the work session and the town council meeting will be held at the Crested Butte Town Hall. We encourage all who are interested in winter trailhead use to attend both the work session and the town council meeting as these should be very informative, and with knowledge comes power. While we at Share the Slate believe that all voices should be heard, we also remind attendees to be respectful of others. Spread the word! And keep on remembering to #sharetheslate #sharethevalley!