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  • #568601
    dishwasher-dave
    460 Posts

    Just a heads up that the Forest Service is looking at recreational use of parts of Alpine County in and around Hope Valley. Much of the designations will focus on motorized versus nonmotorized use. Under at least part of what is proposed the Red Lake Peak/Crater Lake and Stevens Peak areas would no longer be open to snowmobiles. There is an overview at the snowlands site and the text of the Scoping Notice at the FS site.

    Whatever your thoughts are, the comments deadline is March 6th.

    http://www.snowlands.org/alerts/hopevalley.html

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/htnf/projects/carson/2007/Alpine_Winter_Rec_scoping.pdf

    #594406
    NoKnees
    336 Posts

    Thanks for the head’s up. That’s a very popular ‘biler place, and a fun b.c. area in general. I’ll have to read through there and see what’s up…

    Greg - NoKnees

    #594407
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    Thanks for posting Dave.

    Looks like a pretty good proposal and trade off. I think for anyone doing sled accessed bc riding, it might not be so good of a trade off becasue of the restrictions to the nipple and other areas around the divide. I’m sure the jibbers and bc kicker crews will be upset.

    I think the additional parking access and restricting access to Stevens and Red Lake Peak are good. Although, I typically don’t see sledders up that way too often. I have seen some funny shit near Stevens with inexperienced sledders rolling their sleds 500 feet down a steep slope. 😯

    Hard to tell from my first read, but will there be better access on the east side of Hwy. 4. Not sure if they propose to plow farther up the road or not.

    I’m following the discussion on ttips too.

    #594408
    steeleman
    61 Posts

    @powderjunkie wrote:

    Thanks for posting Dave.

    Looks like a pretty good proposal and trade off. I think for anyone doing sled accessed bc riding, it might not be so good of a trade off becasue of the restrictions to the nipple and other areas around the divide. I’m sure the jibbers and bc kicker crews will be upset.

    PJ, there are no restrictions under the proposal on accessing the Nipple via Blue Lakes road. You just can’t use Forestdale road to do so when there is sufficient snow along BL road. I think everyone is freaked out that this limits snowmo opportunities, but it doesn’t. It just divvy’s it up more sanely. Both interest groups agree and support it. The main thing here from a non-motorized perspective is that it provides one mellow approach free of noise and fast moving vehicles, and cuts off the temptation for machines to access the bowl at the head of forestdale creek (which is in the Mok’ wilderness area in any event and thus verboten to vehicles)

    #594409
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    Thanks for the clarification steeleman.

    Hey, I think you passed me on the 80 Saturday morning. I couldn’t catch up to say Hi.

    #594410
    digdug
    88 Posts

    this is great work, I’m stoked after having hard earned lines off Red Lake Pk poached and undercut by bilers twice in the last couple of years. It’s a fair balance as noted, and a real boost for nonmotorized winter uses along 88.

    Write and support this, nothing is sure yet. Spread it!

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