New trail rules at Jeffco OS
- In order to reduce increasing conflicts on the trails, Jefferson County Open Space is implementing the following new rules for trail users.
All circular trails will become one-way, in the clockwise direction. This includes:
* Evergreen Mountain East and West trails at Alderfer/Three Sisters.
* Centennial Cone.
* Red Mesa loop at Deer Creek.
* Meadow and Sleepy S trail at Elk Meadow.
* Hildebrand Ranch Park
* North Table Mountain.
* Grazing Elk trail at South Valley.
The speed limit on all trails will be 7mph, including downhill. OS will be equipping rangers with radar guns on a trial basis.
Wearing of headphones, and talking or texting while using the trails will be banned. If a trail user does not immediately respond to a ranger talking in a normal voice, his/her mobile device will be confiscated.
The night use ban will be more strictly enforced. The parks are closed from 1 hour after sunset to 1 hour before sunrise. Open Space has authorized the County Sheriff to fly over the trails at night with helicopters, equipped with infra-red sensors. Those found using the trails at night may be fined up to $1,000, and required to do 100 hours of volunteer trail work.
To eliminate the increasing problem of owners not cleaning up after their dogs, rangers will collect samples, the DNA will be analyzed, and matched against a database that the county has created, in cooperation with local vets. Pet owners will be fined the cost of the DNA test.
Be smart and don't be foolish on the trails.
- Argh! Those new rules will FOOL a lot of runners!
Darn you, Adam!
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