Snowmachines and 4-Wheelers
By Jos Gus Govaars
December 03, 2007
OK, that's it! As I sit here biting my tongue, I can't help but
feel the need to teach Mr. Moen about the trail system in Ketchikan.
I don't know how long you have been in town, but I can think
of at least TEN (10) different trails strictly for hikers. There
are very few places for the snowmachiners and 4-wheelers to ride.
It seems in Alaska when there is dispute over an area segregation
is the option that is persued.
NO, I WILL NOT GIVE UP ANY MORE RIDING AREA! I don't like the
4-Wheelers passing me on the Brown Mountain road when I'm hiking.
But if I don't want to be bothered by a 4-wheeler or Snowmachiner
I would hike Perseverence, Lunch Creek, Ward Lake, The Salvage
Trail, O'Connell Lake, Carlana Lake, Sylvis Lake or Deer Mountain
among others. Heck you can rent a skiff, go to the Naha! There
are miles of amazing hiking. ALL PROTECTED BY THE FOREST SERVICE.
There are plenty of places to hike on this island with a huge
amount of variety on each trail. However, there aren't many places
to ride, and rightfully so 4-Wheelers and Snowmachiners are passionate
about greenie newbies to town from up north talking about "solutions."
Segregation is an idiotic "solution."
In the Turnigan Pass on the Kenai Peninsula, they segregated
the right side of the road to snowmachiners, and the left side
of the road for skiiers and snowshoers. This effectively closed
half the area of the pass to one group or the other. I don't
know about you, but I like seeing diffrent views and different
things while enjoying the outdoors. I like variety hence the
reason I hike, ski and snowmachine in the winter. Luckily for
the residents up there, the Turnigan Pass has a huge amount of
area to enjoy. Perhaps Ketchikan has 5% of the same type of area
on the island.
So please Mr. Moen, stop trying to initiate controversy or "conversation"
as you call it. We have enough of this type of "discussion"
on our little island. If you don't like the noise pollution or
seeing a 4-Wheeler or Snowmachine on one out of ten trails in
Ketchikan get over it! Take a hike, just not one of the three
places for us to ride.
If you need any advice on places to hike Mr. Moen please feel
free to email me at any time.
Jos Gus Govaars
About: "Alaskan Grown
Business Owner, Snowmachiner, Skier, Hiker and Fly-Fisherman."
Received November 30, 2007
- Published December 03, 2007
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