New Mountain Bike Trails and Re-route of Williams Lake Trail to Begin on Questa Ranger District

Taos, NM (September 12, 2018) - For Immediate Release. The Carson National Forest has completed the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) requirements for approving eight new mountain bike trails under lifts 4 and 7 at the Taos Ski Valley, and an approximate 0.7 mile re-route of the first segment of the Williams Lake Trail. The Williams Lake Trail is on the Questa Ranger District, beginning at the Taos Ski Valley and ending at Williams Lake or Wheeler Peak. The section to be re-routed is from the trailhead to the Wheeler Peak Wilderness boundary.

Before considering, the Forest Service had constructive dialogue with the public and partners, through the Master Development Plan amendment process and a public meeting focused on the new trails. The mountain bike trails will total approximately 15 miles of combined flow and hybrid trails. Flow trails are designed to minimize needs for braking and maximizing safety by using technical features like berms and rollers. Hybrid trails have some technical features but also have a large amount of natural cross-country components. These bike trails will provide opportunities for a variety of skill levels.

The re-routing of the Williams Lake Trail takes a segment that currently follows a service road and moves the trail into the trees inside the Forest Service boundary. This is a heavily used hiking trail and the new route provides a better experience for those who wish to get off of the beaten path. During project development there was public concern about access to the trail in the winter during avalanche mitigation on the El Funko downhill ski trail. Taos Ski Valley has committed to working with the Forest Service to identify an alternative route to access the trail during those times.

Construction will occur immediately on the trails. The Decision Memo and maps can be found on the Carson National Forest webpage.

For additional information contact the Questa Ranger District at 575-586-0520.

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