Colorado is home to some of the worst urban planning in the nation (Denver appears to have been designed by drunk shitkickers who drew a haphazard labyrinth of one-way arrows on a scroll and said, “good ‘nuff,” and navigating Grand Junction’s streets named for letters with fractions—what the hell is “E ½”? a lowercase “F”?—is like trying to solve a complex algebra equation, to name just two of the state’s most egregious examples).
This nonsense is largely made tolerable due to the fact that Colorado also happens to be rich in natural beauty. Unfortunately, its planning issues sometimes extend into the wild. Or at least what used to be wild.
Take the Cub Creek Trail, which winds through Pike National Forest southwest of Denver and offers stunning views of … ostentatious homes, much of the land on which they reside having been purchased in recent years from a government that is bankrupt in more ways than one. But at least in this stagnant economy, the homeowners are doing their part to keep the barbed-wire-fence and “Private Property”-sign industries afloat.
Although its path no longer extends into the Mount Evans wilderness—which a Forest Service web page ambiguously says is “due to land ownership issues”—Cub Creek Trail still offers striking solitude given its proximity to Denver (unless you go on a day when trees are being chainsawed, rednecks are shooting at gas cans, nearby residents are dumping random garbage, or aliens or cult members are burning weird circles into the ground).