The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests has closed one of the state’s first downhill mountain bike trails, citing conflicts with private landowners who have felled trees across the trail south of Idaho Springs.
Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests supervisor Monte Williams last week signed an order closing the Warren Gulch Trail until the track can be rerouted around private property. The trail, which starts near the Echo Mountain ski area and descends more than 5 miles to a neighborhood near Idaho Springs, is commonly ridden by downhill mountain bikers who shuttle their bikes to the top.
The trail has been used since the 1930s and passes through 4.3 miles of Forest Service land before traversing several private mining claims, some with homes.
“Things really started getting heated last year,” said Santiago Garcia III, a former professional downhill mountain biker who owns the Culture of Speed bike shop in Idaho Springs. “I rode that trail once last year, but there were a lot of trees across the trail. I was, like, ‘Man, what a hassle,’ and I stopped riding there.”
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