Friday, January 4, 2013

Skyline Trail Hike

Skyline is a newer trail established by Trails 2000 on the periphery of Durango, which lately has been my go-to trail while in town. It ascends Raider Ridge, which looms above Fort Lewis College and connects to the Telegraph system. I used this trail a few times over Christmas break.

It's a great trail with Gamble Oak, pines, some small meadows up on the ridge, then awesome views over town from the hogback. You may remember me almost expiring from heat exhaustion on a 20-miler including this ridge last summer.

Unfortunately, some people don't seem to like using the trail, and cut between switchbacks. In case you think this is because they can't see the trail (because sometimes it can be tough to find your way in the snow), I've seen the exact same thing in the summer.

I can't comprehend how someone who is supposedly out for exercise can't seem to resist cutting corners to shave 15 feet off their trek.

Thanks for causing the trail volunteers extra work, lazy, a***s.

Interestingly enough, the tracks made right after a snow storm in really cold temps, are 100% on-trail. So us hardcore users do it right. Yeah, baby.

File that under Grumpy Old Man.


  1. Hmmm ... okay so, gonna play devil's advocate a bit here because that is what GOM's do.

    I am not up for trail cutting but I sort of think you can get away with it a bit in the winter given the cover of snow.

    Additionally, have you seen some of the switchbacks on Bear Canyon? Those things are so stupid tight they are begging to be cut.

  2. GZ - I've run this same trail in the summer and it's shortcut like crazy; it has nothing to do with snow and a lot to do with lazy. People are pushing rocks down the slope and destroying trees.

    If the trail is indiscernible that's one thing, but if I can see what I know is the intended route, I use it.

    Also, it's what the custodians of recreational spaces ask me to do, same as if I'm in someone's home. For me it's that simple.

  3. GZ - ...and to your point about Bear, undoubtedly rocky trails are less restrictive, as there are often several equivalent paths. Same for winter trails or other vague trails in general.