We Oppose Bicycles on Wilderness Trails With One Exception

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow bicycles in designated wilderness areas. And that’s pitting groups that have typically been allies against one another.

The U.S. House of Representatives is considering a bill that would allow bicycles on wilderness trails. From KPCC radiio

This is a terrible idea.  We oppose it, with one exception.  We fully support allowing bicycles on the Pacific Crest Trail north of Mt. Whitney (technically Crabtree Meadow).  If you’re interested, HalfMile has downloadable maps of the entire trail and a ton of other useful information.

Your humble correspondent confesses to spending many weeks hiking in federally designated wilderness areas in his youth.  That includes six memorable days on the Pacific Crest Trail.  (I haven’t been to the Ventana Wilderness in Big Sur for decades.  That was once a marvelous adventure.  But fires and mudslides may have altered the landscape.)

Andre Burney Falls
Andre Burney Falls (click for larger image)

Let bicycles go onto the Pacific Crest Trail.  That will both keep them happy (briefly) and further the cause of this blog.