It's my last morning at Beaver Creek. The last couple years we have come up for a long weekend of hiking and great-outdoor-enjoying and each year it's been awesome.
I took several long hikes up the maintained trails at the ski area that pass through the amazing forest area. The bulk of the forests are lodge pole pines, aspen and other stuff I don't know the name of.
I took this photo alone the Overlook trail that goes from the base to the top of the Centennial Express lift. It's about 2,000ft gain over 4 miles or so. A fun hike with lots of pretty stuff to see and if your knees don't like going down-hill like mine – you can ride the lift down. (I didn't but I should have)
I know I have ranted about this before but the state of Colorado has to do something about the pine beetle kill. Whenever I start ranting about this I get rebuttals that it's not feasible, you can't get in the forest and thin out the dead trees, etc.
Ok, well for the last two years I have watched Beaver Creek and the other ski areas aggressively log out the lodge pole pines. They know that the livelihood of their resort depends on the aesthetics of the environment, not to mention the pure safety of the mountain. In short, I'm watching these guys do it and they have all the same challenges as other parts of Grand County.
As I mentioned in a previous post, 100 years ago there were zero trees. The miners cut then all down for fuel and housing. It grows back, its trees.
Colorado needs to take this situation into its own hands and start cutting this dead wood out. This is becoming a serious safety issue for areas like Grand Lake. There is going to be a HUGE fire up there, it's just a matter of time. If for no other reason we need to do it to maintain the tourist industry.
What do you think?