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Colorado Preservation Project

White River Plan closed this area

After the formulation of CPP the White River National Forest designated Red Table Mtn as Recommended Wildernes, and closed the trails to bicycling.

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Red Table Mountain

Red Table Mountain National Conservation Area
Ruedi Wilderness
Agencies: USFS
Agency Status: Recommended Wilderness (White River N.F. Forest Plan)
Counties: Eagle
Nearest City of Town: Aspen, Glenwood Springs
Location: The low elevation range dividing the lower Frying Pan and Eagle River watersheds, north of Reudi Reservoir.
Red Table Mountain looms above Ruedi Reservoir and offers a long stretch of above-timberline singletrack suitable for bicycling and hiking. From the ridgeline down to the Reservoir, the CPP proposes a Wilderness. The remainder would become a National Protection Area. This contrasts with the U.S. Forest Service proposal that would make the entire area Wilderness. That decision would close a number of excellent backcountry trails to bicycling. (It even would close some official 4WD roads, which would also be closed in CPP’s proposal).