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Thursday, May 19, 2016
Rangers investigating sabotage on the Little Scraggy Trail say this is the second time they've found concrete-anchored spikes buried in the middle of a Pike National Forest mountain bike trail.
"This is a significant safety concern for us," U.S. Forest Service spokesman Lawrence Lujan said Wednesday.
Tim Fishback was riding Little Scraggy Trail in the Buffalo Creek network last weekend when his buddy Nick Kostecki got two flat tires in a relatively smooth section. When Fishback returned to help his pal, he too flatted.
They poked around the trail and found a long nail sticking out of the dirt. They tried to pry it up but it was mounted in a concrete brick. More riders on the trail that day reported flats. Across a mile span, Fishback and his friend found three 2-pound bricks that had been formed around 3-inch nails and buried in the middle of the singletrack.
A similar spiked device was found buried in a trail in the Pike's Rampart Range in May 2014, Lujan said.
"I've never seen anything like it. Someone manufactured these things. It took some effort to dig those holes and put those in there and they were spaced out a good bit. Somebody was trying to do some real harm and they were targeting bikers," said Fishback, who regularly rides the Buffalo Creek area, where mountain bikers have spent two decades working with the U.S. Forest Service to develop and build one of the state's richest webs of flowing singletrack...more