Recently, a friend and I took advantage of one of the Bear Ranch land exchange tours being offered to the public of the new proposed trails and trailhead at what is now called the Buck Creek Ranch. The gentlemen who gave us the tour were very friendly and I was impressed at how open they were to answering all of our questions.
Most people are aware that 99 percent of people who access the Ragged Mountain Trail do so either at McClure Pass on Highway 133 or at Forest Service Road 795 by the Erickson Springs campground off Kebler Pass. Both offer great views and access to a beautiful trail, but for someone of my age the trail is far too long to bike or hike from one end to the other. Thankfully, the proposed access off Buck Creek Ranch will make it possible for my wife and I to enjoy the beauty of this area in a much more convenient way.
To be honest, I didn't know a lot about the exchange except for what I read in the paper and heard in conversations, but I felt that before I made up my mind, I should see for myself what it is all about, and I am very glad I did.
The new proposed trails and trailhead offer magnificent views of the Ragged Mountains all the way up to the actual Ragged Mountain Trail itself. And because of improved access off Highway 133 I am sure many more people will be able to appreciate the beauty of this area firsthand.
After taking the time to see what's being offered in the exchange, I am in full support of it.
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