You’re enjoying a nice hiking trail. A bit primitive, a bit controversial due to proposed land exchange in the area. Perhaps the USFS hung up this motion activated camera pointed in your face as you come around a bend. Perhaps the trail is a thorn in the side of nearby NIMBYs and they’re doing their own cowboy spycraft. Either way, is this wilderness or weirdness? Anyone in this area of Colorado know the story? We called the USFS and got voicemail for about eight people.
Ostensibly, a USFS research camera would be identified with a tag or name written on it. If not, it’s probably an illegal installation. Disappointing either way, really.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.