Since 1991, volunteers from Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates have advocated for the rights of mountain bikers to use public lands in the Pike Peak Region. This often means sitting in long meetings, meeting one on one with land managers and monitoring public land decision-making processes.
Some of the processes we have been engaged in have taken years to resolve and have required constant engagement and diligence.
On most City and County parks and open spaces, trails can only be constructed if they are included in a park Master Plan. Trails are but one component of a master plan.
Bear Creek Round Table
The Bear Creek Roundtable was a long drawn out process, driven by the need to protect the Greenback Cutthroat Trout – our state fish, listed as ‘Threatened’ in the Federal Endangered Species Act.
The roundtable continues to meet occasionally in conjunction with El Paso County’s Jones Park masterplanning process.
Waldo Canyon Planning Process
Re-Imagine Waldo was a community visioning process that will feed into the formal NEPA process for the US Forest Service property. NEPA will be the formal USFS process required for re-opening Waldo, which was closed after the 2013 fire.
MWTA has represented mountain bikers and all trail users throughout the Waldo discussions. We will keep you posted when more opportunities to weigh in arise.