This map is meant to give clarity to changes and additions to trails that we would like to see represented in the Preferred Alternative in the Draft Environmental Assessment. FBO supports all of the trails contained in the MEDL Proposed Action. Just because this map does not show a trail in the Proposed Action, or already on the Forest Service System does not mean that we don’t support it. This map does not include all of FBO’s input on the MEDL Recreation Planning.
Pink lines on the map are trails that we are recommending adding to or changing from the Proposed Action. (Click the image for higher resolution.) Yellow lines are existing trails that we support decommissioning if appropriate additions are made. Red are trails that we proposed in preliminary scoping that did make it into the Proposed Action. Blue are downhill trails that we proposed in preliminary scoping that did make it into the proposed action.
1) Recommendation to add a trail between the Schultz Creek Trail Head and the newly proposed Dry Lake Hills Loop. This will add an alternative to both Schultz Creek Trail and Rocky Ridge Trail to help disperse use and minimize user conflicts as well as maximizing the “stacked-loops” concept in the Dry Lake Hills.
2) Recommendation to move lower Brookbank Trail from its currently proposed re-alignment to the east. We have hiked this area extensively and our alignment would make for a much better trail.
3) Recommendation to add upper Red Onion trail into the system in the Preferred Alternative in the Draft Environmental Assessment. Red Onion is a vital connection to the MEDL trail system as it short cuts the need to climb all the way to the top of Mt Elden to make loops. With the realignment of Upper Oldham, this connection becomes even more valuable. Note that Red Onion would need connection across Elden LO Road to Upper Oldham.
4) Recommendation to add Ginger and Jedi Trails to the system. These trails provide an intermediate to advanced experience that is otherwise not available on the system.
5) Recommendation to add Ginger and Jedi Trails to the system. These trails provide an intermediate to advanced experience that is otherwise not available on the system.
6) Recommendation to add a trail connecting the lower section of Sunset Trail to the top of Lower Brookbank to add further connectivity and versatility to the trail system.
7) Recommendation to align the re-designated Class 4 Flagstaff Loop Trail along the foot of Mount Elden on contours along the Pipeline corridor rather than where it is shown in the Proposed Action along Forces of Nature and other trails in the Environmental Study Area (the current FLT alignment). This will minimize impacts to the ESA and is a more appropriate placement for this trail type at the Forest-Community interface.
8) The Doney Park Multi-modal study completed in 2011 recommends a FUTS type extension from the end of the FUTS at Snowflake, across Forest Service land to the intersection of Townsend-Winona Road. The analysis for this folds perfectly into the MEDL planning.