March 13, 2015
The first 3/4 mile of slickrock trial runs through private property and the new property owners have asked the trail be re-routed since no formal easement exists. The trail will remain open through 2018 which should be enough time to re-route the trail onto FS land. Jeff Blewett of the Mother Load Rockcrawlers (club who adopted slickrock) and Cal 4 wheel fame has walked the proposed new route with the forest service and says there will be an addition of some obstacles.
I have submitted a formal letter as part of the public comment period showing support for keeping the trail open, rerouting the trail, adding obstacles, maintaining the difficulty level of the trail, and adding access to dispersed camp sites. The club has shown support for the project within the public comment window. The Environmental Assessment has to address all of the comments and should be completed in October. A final decision from the forest service is expected in January of 2018.
This work will require grading with a trail dozer, water bars, moving logs, the installation of two low water crossings, and various standard trail armoring. It is unclear whether this will be all FS work of a mix of FS and trail volunteer. I will update as I get info. Expect some request for volunteers some time in 2018. More project info can be found at the link below.
July 14, 2016
Sounds like prescriptive easement law would apply here. If so, the property owner would have little chance of winning and could incur significant legal costs attempting to prevent access to the trail. However, if a new route can be developed that is equal to or better to the existing access then it might be a win, win situation.
August 17, 2014
July 14, 2016
Guy and Lynda said
I would presuppose that if the property owner wants to use this property for whatever reason, he should have that right. Rerouting the trial sounds exciting & we should endorse helping any way possible.
Exactly, I love trails to be open but I believe a land owner has a right to do what he or she wants to do with land.
I'm am totally against the government of any kind telling someone what they can or can't do with there land...