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03-31-2013 08:56 PM
smileguy49
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Originally Posted by kawa001 View Post
So I did a midnight walk on a small section of ATV 493 (Dynamite) on 3/27. ATV 493 is a key trail for those of us interested in expanded wheeling access to the Taskers Gap ATV/OHV trail complex. 493 is an ATV width trail that would require substantial widening to get a Jeep on. Moving forward, I'm going to A) focus my efforts on gaining access to existing trails that are already Jeep width and B) explore the possibilities of creating a technical wheeling trail on the Peter's Mill side of the complex.
Sounds great. When you did speak to the rangers about the possibility of more OHV trails in Taskers, were they open to the idea?

I would love to have a technical area too! Keep us posted and let me know if there is anything I can do to help. I am a local (only about 20 mins from Peters Mill) so I can be up there fairly easy if need be. Thanks!
03-29-2013 05:44 PM
kawa001 So I did a midnight walk on a small section of ATV 493 (Dynamite) on 3/27. ATV 493 is a key trail for those of us interested in expanded wheeling access to the Taskers Gap ATV/OHV trail complex. 493 is an ATV width trail that would require substantial widening to get a Jeep on. Moving forward, I'm going to A) focus my efforts on gaining access to existing trails that are already Jeep width and B) explore the possibilities of creating a technical wheeling trail on the Peter's Mill side of the complex.
03-12-2013 10:26 AM
kawa001 No. I had planned to hike/bike the Taskers' trails this past Sunday but the snow messed up my plans. My next available weekend to get out there will be 23-24 March.
03-12-2013 10:10 AM
smileguy49 Any updates on this project? I would love to get out and do some trail work so we can have more trails in Taskers. If it is possible lets make it happen! =)
02-20-2013 10:37 AM
11BUL yes plz, keeping informed on this trail
02-13-2013 06:36 AM
kawa001 Yes, you can still hike them. Unless specifically posted hikers have complete freedom of movement on public lands in the GWNF day or night, 365 days a year. The MVUM applies only to motorized vehicles (over the snow machines excluded). Mountain bikers can travel on just about about any road/trail as well, wilderness areas & marked "hiker only" trails excluded.
02-12-2013 08:53 AM
smileguy49
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I would check with the rangers office to make sure you can go out there. They have all of Peters mill and taskers gap closed until late March. Just a cya
I think they are only closed for motorized vehicles, I am pretty sure you can still hike them.
02-11-2013 07:00 PM
Reaper2332
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Agree. I'm going to do a trail width survey on Taskers Gap trails #449 & 493 before the end of the month and then I'll post out what I found. I've been meaning to join NovaJeepers.
I would check with the rangers office to make sure you can go out there. They have all of Peters mill and taskers gap closed until late March. Just a cya
02-11-2013 06:40 PM
mrsbones
Improved 4WD Access at Peters Mill / Taskers Gap Trail System

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02-11-2013 02:32 PM
kawa001 Agree. I'm going to do a trail width survey on Taskers Gap trails #449 & 493 before the end of the month and then I'll post out what I found. I've been meaning to join NovaJeepers.
02-11-2013 02:22 PM
ltdanyj I would really put a post together and contact the leadership over at NovaJeepers... It's the largest 4WD club in the area, and I'm sure they would be up for helping out....
01-18-2013 11:45 AM
smileguy49 I am willing to help as well! It would be great to get a few more trails close by!
01-10-2013 05:20 PM
kawa001 Thanks guys. Next steps:
- Assuming there are no other 4WD groups already actively engaged with the Lee Ranger District on this topic I think we should create a coalition of interested 4WD clubs and individuals.
- Conduct a trail width survey on Taskers Gap trails #449 & 493. If anyone has information on these two trails please let me know. I'll either hike these or do it on my mountain bike.
- Coordinate with local ATV clubs to see whether they for be for or against opening of some of the wider Taskers Gap ATV trails to 4WDs.
01-10-2013 03:23 PM
Gladi8r Me too...
01-10-2013 01:06 AM
Turbostixxx I too would also be willing to help
01-09-2013 06:43 PM
Fet pack I am not part of an organization, but would be more than willing to help if you need it.
01-09-2013 09:36 AM
kawa001
Improved 4WD Access at Peters Mill / Taskers Gap Trail System

All,

I had a nice chat with the District Ranger for the GWNF Lee Ranger District this morning about the Peters Mill / Taskers Gap OHV complex. I called to ask why 4WDs were only allowed on the Peters Mill & Taskers Gap trails and whether it would be possible to allow 4WD access to some of the wider trails in the Taskers Gap area or even create new ones. Ranger Donahue was very pleasant and said while she wasn't adverse to the idea it came down to resources and funding. She also stated that they were stretched very thin in maintaining the existing trail system. In regards to gaining access to the existing trails, it seems to be a question of trail width. I do believe, however, that some of the Taskers Gap trail are wide enough to accommodate a 4WD.

I asked her if she had been contacted by any 4WD organizations to discuss improved trail access. She said that the only OHV interest group she recollected working with was the Washington Area Trail Riders. She did say that she had only been the district ranger for the last 18 months though.

Before I reinvent the wheel, are there or were there any 4WD interest groups who are or have previously engaged in a dialogue with the Forest Service about improving 4WD access at the Peters Mill / Taskers Gap OHV complex or adding new trail?

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