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    Fording riding area riding future

    Been around the snowmobiling world in Alberta for 30 plus years myself. I can see a future issue with the number of Fording Pass riders going in this area. This area is in BC not Alberta. Similar to Kakwa Riding area S/W of Grande Prairie.

    I think a group of riders should get together and organize a working group to secure this area for the future. The access trail goes thru a park and riding is limited to on trail riding only to get to BC. The CSC can only do so much out there. These 2 groups could work together to secure the area.

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    Re: Fording riding area riding future

    This should be a no brainer, riding off trail at the top of the pass is asking for broken parts. The snow is rarely deep enough to cover all the rocks up there. Why can't guys wait 15mins to ride once they drop into the bc side?

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    Re: Fording riding area riding future

    It is a good idea. It's been a while since I've gone over Fording.
    Is there a sign where sledders leave the CSC trails that warns users of boundaries and shows a map of the trail over? I remember one sign near the start warning about the boundary on the North side and another as you come out of the trees.
    Crossing the rocks in multiple sections as deterred me from going over again and didn't get to stay too long to know if it's worth it to go again.

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    Re: Fording riding area riding future

    imo you stay on the trail until you cross "the moon"

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    Re: Fording riding area riding future

    Quote Originally Posted by JZ1 View Post
    imo you stay on the trail until you cross "the moon"
    the area referred to as 'the moon' is also commonly referred to as 'the shale field', and it is NOT the border. this area is still well within AB and the Don Getty park, and you cannot leave the trail until you hit BC.

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    Re: Fording riding area riding future

    Quote Originally Posted by Summit X View Post
    the area referred to as 'the moon' is also commonly referred to as 'the shale field', and it is NOT the border. this area is still well within AB and the Don Getty park, and you cannot leave the trail until you hit BC.
    for some reason i thought that was the border, guess i was wrong.

    Here is a good picture from a older thread.

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    Re: Fording riding area riding future

    Good guys. The riders that know where the border is and the park area should contact Scott and we can get you some signs to put up to help control the riders. Form a ggroup we can contacgt and help to make this area a bit more responsible. Just my suggestion
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    Re: Fording riding area riding future

    I assumed when you get to the little lake (southwest of Mt Bolton), you're good. Didn't see much before that anyway.

    Would it be ok to build a few rock cairns to mark the trail instead of signs? Maybe depict this on one sign near the start?
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    Re: Fording riding area riding future

    Quote Originally Posted by fnDan View Post
    I assumed when you get to the little lake (southwest of Mt Bolton), you're good. Didn't see much before that anyway.

    Would it be ok to build a few rock cairns to mark the trail instead of signs? Maybe depict this on one sign near the start?
    That makes sense Dan. Still needs to be a sign at the bottom telling what the cairns represent.

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    Re: Fording riding area riding future

    Yes, something has to be done with regards to signage and keeping snowmobilers on "the trail" through Don Getty Wildland Park, or we risk losing this access to B.C.

    I have long been a fan of the rock carins, but additional signs may be required to indicate what they mean for the un-initiated who choose to go it alone.

    Any signage that is put up will have to be removed at the end of the season, my Alberta Parks contacts tell me. So every year, from Dec. 1 - Apr. 30, signage may be erected, but must come out. The hikers and equestrian riders do not like traffic signs in the backcountry, and quite frankly I see their point.

    On the official snowmobile trails in Cataract Creek Snow Vehicle P.L.U.Z. the signs may stay, but not off these designated trails, and especially not in the Don Getty Wildland Park.
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