Meadow Mountain (Minturn) - Updated 7/19/2016
This area was impacted in the White River Travel Management Plan (TMP). The USFS and Powder Hounds agree that the language in the TMP is vague, so we worked with them to ensure that the area is kept open for snowmobiling (note that the summer and winter plans are different in this area). The Powder Hounds attended Town of Minturn meetings at the end of the 2015/2016 winter season.
We asked that the Town Council support our effort by providing a letter of support that emphasizes keeping Meadow Mountain open to motorized activity in the winter. The Town Council did so and now we will continue to work with the USFS on this plan. The club's efforts in ride-a-longs with the USFS and club members in Minturn were key points to making the progress that we achieved.
Metcalf Access in Wildridge (Avon) - Updated 7/19/2016
Another area that was effected by the TMP. The TMP closed the Metcalf Access at the top of Wildridge. It did leave open the June Creek access area, but this is not ideal for snowmobilers for several reasons. First of all, the exposure to the sun means that the road will be available to snowmobilers later in the winter and close early only allowing a few months of access. The June Creek access summits in an area that is difficult for beginner snowmobilers to traverse and makes it difficult for access to the main Red & White area. The Colorado Division of Wildlife is suggesting that only one access point be open in the TMP. The club is following up with the DOW to determine if this action can be modified. The Town of Avon has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the USFS from the time of public comment for the TMP. This MOU states that the TOA will provide engineering updates for the Metcalf area and that the USFS will allow motorized use at the Metcalf Access.
The Powder Hounds have met with the Avon Town Manager and USFS and asked that the MOU be recognized and adopted enabling motorized users to access that area in the Summer and Winter. The club would "adopt" the area and provide signage and trail clean up. The TOA has asked that the Powder Hounds notify as many snowmobilers in the Wildridge area as possible that there is a plan to only have one access point per the DOW decision. The Powder Hounds will meet with the Town of Avon on August 9th, 2016. We welcome club members to attend the meeting.