MoapaPk wrote:Cool article.
It is interesting that the article implies there is a bushwhack alternative to trespassing; is that for real, or is the alternate route over 5.x rock and through dense manzanita? Do you think volunteers could cut a trail through the brush?
The USFS is often not happy with people cutting trails. There is a route up the S side of Charleston Peak, NV, and the trail-less path gains about 5200', mainly through a narrow canyon. Since there is a perennial stream in the canyon, the brush is nearly impenetrable. A local fellow gathered up some volunteers to make a single, defined trail by cutting brush and cairning the route for the first 1.5 miles. Currently there are about 5 braided, eroding herdpaths. The USFS got wind of the plans, and forbade him to cut brush.
So I guess that if you want to clear a trail on USFS land, keep your plans close to the chest.
Bob Burd wrote: The only problem as I recall is it involves some extra miles and a 2,000-foot descent.
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