On Sunday, April 1, a group of irresponsible equestrian riders rode out on the new trail, Braggin Rights, riding right past a trail sign requesting that equestrians avoid using the new All-Season trails until at least mid-summer. When asked to avoid the trails due to the damage, the riders displayed no remorse and carried on. These new multi-use summer trails were built in the West Bragg Creek area of Kananaskis Country in 2011. They are susceptible to premature wear and erosion and need time to compact and harden.
We need the cooperation of all trail users to ensure the development of a sustainable trail system.
All Users: Please do not use new trails when they are soft and wet.
Equestrian Users: Severe damage from horses has already impacted some of the trails. New trails are not yet firm enough for equestrian use. Excessive damage can occur even in dry weather. Trails may be open to equestrian use by mid-summer 2012. Please use existing ski trails until further notice.
These trails are being built through private and public donations, and the contributions of thousands of hours of volunteer services.
These horse riders are obviously a small minority of riders who do not care about the effort that volunteers have put into developing these trails. Unfortunately, their actions impact all users. If this type of disrespect for the trails continue, equestrian use may be further restricted on these trails.
Also note that due to environmental sensitivity, Snowshoe Hare loop is closed annually from April 1 to Nov 30.
Please respect the trails and the efforts of others.
Bruce Barker – GBCTA Vice-President