I do not intend to defend the indefensible, but let’s not overly demonize the mountain biking community for the actions of a few bad eggs. This group seems to be taking an awful lot of unbalanced flack lately. Yes, creating an unauthorized or “rogue” trail by any means IS illegal. However, there are countless instances of similar unauthorized trails, short-cuts, and pass-arounds in Boulder’s outdoor areas, whose impact on the trail, habitats, and flora are just as harmful. But, when hikers, dog-walkers, or runners do it it’s referred to as a ‘social trail’ though it’s equally impactful and illegal. They NEVER get front page coverage and on the eve of an important City Council decision. We can all use our city’s resources if we stop the finger-pointing at a single group and manage the overall problem.