From the visit last weekend to the Miller Rock trail, we came across a
burned quad out on the trail. With the quad was a small trailer - still
in good condition. My assumption was that the quad, late last season
before the winter snow, became disabled. When it burned I do not know.
With me being first tracks through the snow this spring my assumption
was that the owner of the quad tried to remove it last fall but could
not. The trailer and quad likely sat out through the winter. My desire
was to remove the items from the forest. I'd get the trailer attached
to the jeep and get the quad tied onto the trailer, pulling them out to
the nearest public road for the Sheriff to be able to process the items.
I contacted the Boulder County Sheriff's Department, explained the
issue and sent some photos. They commented that getting a tow truck was
difficult these days and they wish I contact the Forest Service to see
what they might wish done. I tried calling the FS, Boulder Ranger
District - no human responded. My mind moved from pulling it out to the
nearest public road to pull it down into town and deliver it to the
Boulder ranger district office - with a nice "tag, you're it" note.
Thursday looked to be a nice weather day (temps still touching 70F with
cooler temps on the weekend). I had an open day and Tom from the jeep
group had time. We planned to visit the trail, get the burned quad onto
the trailer and haul the items out of the trail system via the longer
and more difficult route (neither the Sheriff nor the FS was involved
that might allow easy access through a locked gate). When Tom and I
came to the quad's location - it and the trailer were gone. We were at
the trail Sunday afternoon - late - so the quad was likely removed
Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday - a small window of time. I wonder if the
Sheriff's office contacted the owner (via the trailer VIN I supplied).
Anyway, our goal for the day was resolved. We had time on our hands.
Two kids out exploring. Tom had yet to travel the southeastern section
of the Miller Rock trails so we traveled most of the sections. Out of
Miller Rock, still very early in the day, Rock Creek was a
consideration. We trek'd up there only to be turned back by snow. On
the way towards town we stopped by Taylor Mountain / Brite Trail as Tom
read that it was open - to be greeted by a closed gate. OK, plan D, on
the way towards home is Dry Saint Vrain. We checked out all of the
nooks and crannies of it - something that was a first for me and I
enjoyed the exploration. From there we called it a day.