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Speeders Spoiling the Slopes

Editor,

Going down Meadows Trail in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, I am appalled by the damage caused by some bikers. While most bikers follow the proper switchbacks down the hill, others choose to go straight down, ignoring or dismantling, in fact vandalizing, the barriers carefully erected to protect the slopes. One of the major rules in mountain climbing is to avoid cutting across switchbacks, a practice that causes damaging erosion. Apparently, some canyon bikers ignore that rule, and prefer the thrill of a faster, steeper ride to thoughtful handling of the slopes.

In Orange County, we are lucky to enjoy vast open spaces, open to hiking, biking, horseback riding. Let’s not a few speeders spoil them for everyone else.

Veronique Swett, Laguna Beach

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