OGDEN -- A pair of Ogden outdoor groups have combined forces to save and improve a set of trails in the mountains above the city.
The Ogden Trails Network Advisory Committee and The Front Climbing Club have formed a strategic partnership to maintain a set of trails between 22nd and 27th streets. The trails lead to several popular rock-climbing spots in the area.
Mike Joseph, chairman of the OTNAC, said the trails were set to be eliminated because they were thought to be "ghost trails."
One of the committee's goals is to get rid of so-called ghost trails, which are unwanted trails that essentially go nowhere and generally cause nothing but confusion for hikers.
Some of the ghost trails are naturally created, either by animals or from rain and snow. The trails are a concern in the hiking community not only because they can create confusion, but because of the potential they have for furthering mountain erosion.
As members of the OTNAC began investigating the particular set of trails, they noticed significant work was being done to keep them properly maintained.
That's when Joseph met Shad Burnham, from the climbing club.
"We came to find out that these trails were very popular in the climbing community, but they were in need of some help," Joseph said.
Joseph and Burnham both said each group was unaware that the other existed.
"We didn't know them and they didn't know us," Burnham said.
Burnham said part of the problem was that the climbing community in Ogden has been somewhat of a fringe group.
"Even though there is some great history associated with climbing in Ogden, the climbing community has always been kind of pocketed and unorganized," he said. "But right now there are more climbers in Ogden than there has ever been. So it's good that we can team up with the (OTNAC) and move forward with some common goals.
Now that the two groups are familiar with each other and the future of the trails is secure, the groups plan to line up volunteers and funding to provide a beefed-up version of the maintenance that has already been taking place on the trails and put up several trail signs and even some educational kiosks.
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