Letter: Hiking in the wake of a hrose

It would be great if the people who choose to ride these trails would also spend time repairing the damage.

I have been hiking the Saddle Bluff Trail to the top of Saddle Mountain several times a week off and on for the last two years.  Every time I hike the trail, I am grateful for the dedication and hard work of Ed Matthews who is responsible for creating and maintaining the trail. The trail is close to town and well-used by other appreciative hikers.

I know that over the last two years, Ed has spent literally hours and hours, with chainsaw, pulaski, rake, shovel and brush-cutter, moving dirt and rocks so others can enjoy hiking.  In fact, nothing gives Ed more satisfaction than when he sees or hears about people  hiking the trail.

This year it has been particularly beautiful with an abundance of wild flowers like balsamroot, delphinium, and now lupine in full bloom, along with lovely views of our valley.  So, it was sad when on May 21,  venturing up the trail with visitors from out of town, we notice that one person, on one horse, in probably a matter of minutes, managed to destroy  fragile parts of the trail, and, as horses do, leave a plentiful quantity of horse manure.  Not quite the experience we were expecting.

Just to add to the above, on May 25, I was hiking Goat Mountain, another trail created by Ed Matthews’ hard work, to find someone had ridden their horse down the section from the rail grade to the road.  It was only a short section but the trail was a damaged all the same, and again with horse manure scattered along the trail.

I realise this is public land and no one can prevent someone from riding the trails.  However, knowing how much work it is to create these trails and that hikers do not impact the trails in the same way, it would be great if the people who choose to ride these trails would also spend time repairing the damage.  Oh, and how about scooping the poop.

– Andrea Vowell, Grand Forks

 

Just Posted

Castlegar Realtor honoured for achievements

Re/Max recognized Castlegar and Grand Forks realtor Lorene MacGregor

Fruitvale man identified in fatal zipline accident in Thailand

Spencer Donaldson, 25, was from Fruitvale, B.C., the city’s mayor has confirmed

Facing high regulatory barriers, Kootenay cannabis producers gather for support

Symposium on barriers facing legalization attended by hundreds

Fruitvale man, 25, dies after falling from zipline in Thailand, reports say

Bangkok Post says man fell from Flight of the Gibbon zipline in Chiang Mai

U.S. and Canada continue to talk Columbia River Treaty

Katrine Conroy says flood risk and hydro power were topics of discussion

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Most Read