Calm fall day in Colorado File photo. Photo Credit: American Prestige Deign (iStock).

File photo. Photo Credit: American Prestige Deign (iStock).

On June 6, a video was posted to the PinkBike website depicting what the uploading user describes as a "mountain biker boobytrap" on Lake Moraine Trail in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

The video captures two riders as they rapidly move through the forest, with the pursuing mountain biker filming the ride in a point-of-view angle. Suddenly, the rider leading the charge down the mountain is seen on the ground beside a large jagged branch clearly jutting out onto the trail, propped up by trailside trees.

From the ground and appearing to be uninjured, the fallen biker raises suspicion about the precarious limbs, with the consensus between the two being that the placement was "on purpose."

The posting PinkBike user, u/mtnyrder-co, provides more detail in the description of the video, stating that a total of four jagged trees were found propped up toward the middle of the trail in typical high-speed spots along the route.

Watch the video below. Due to language, viewer discretion is advised:

This isn't the first time that suspected boobytraps have been found targeting cyclists in the Pikes Peak region. In 2019, a tripwire was found on a local trail after injuring two. This was preceded by another incident in which fishing line was found strung across the popular Captain Jack's multi-use trail in North Cheyenne Cañon in Colorado Springs.

Though uncommon, boobytraps are found on Colorado's trails from time-to-time, thought to be placed with the intention of injuring or maiming passersby. If you're on a trail and see something suspicious, report it. Boobytraps come in various forms, but set-ups that have been reported in the past include tripwires, spikes, and blockage around blind corners.

Lake Moraine trail is a new trail in the area of Pikes Peak. Once an unofficial trail referred to as "The Missing Link," it's 4.5 miles long with a vertical gain of 1,103 feet. It's a multi-use trail that has relatively low traffic due to its remote nature and relatively new 'official' status.

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(6) comments

colocat

Wow, can tell much from the video. The bikers seemed to be going really fast. I wondered how much consideration they give to hikers? My experience with bikers us that me and my dogs have to constantly dodge out if their way rather than the other way around.

CoYo

Wow, the absolute vitriol and open bigotry against mountain biking in these comments is seriously disturbing. If you are legit arguing that "booby traps should be inconspicuous and constructed so as not to cause serious physical harm" then you are a psychopath. There is no excuse whatsoever for illegally constructing any kind of barrier or booby trap meant to discourage or harm another legitimate trail user. If you feel such frothy hate for another user type and feel they should be banned, engage your land management agency.

Sometimes I'm a hiker, sometimes I'm a biker, but every time, I am courteous to other trail users, even when they aren't courteous to me.

Rule number one on the trail: don't be a d*ck. Rule number two, know where you are allowed to recreate legally and observe the rules. Rule number three, see Rule number one.

tag soup

The displacement of wildlife is a serious concern across Colorado. Every new trail further turns wild areas into urban playgrounds on a par with skate parks. Mountain bikes should be in areas specifically for them, just like motorcross racing. I can go eight miles above boulder and point to scores of illegal bike trails. My one quibble with booby traps is that they should be so constructed not to cause harm, like large piles of brush visible from a long ways away. When will Out There Colorado present a different point of view?

CoYo

If you feel such frothy hate for mountain bikers, engage your land management agency. The trail in this article is open to mountain bikers legally, and was constructed mostly with mountain biking nonprofit volunteer labor to be sustainable from the start, as opposed to social trails that were never constructed per se, but became de facto multi-use trails over time.

"My one quibble with booby traps is that they should be so constructed not to cause harm" - You need help. This is not a healthy attitude.

mjvande

Why not discuss the obvious fact that some people don't like mountain biking? What were you thinking??? Mountain biking and trail-building destroy wildlife habitat! Mountain biking is environmentally, socially, and medically destructive! There is no good reason to allow bicycles on any unpaved trail!

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996.

RockyNRoll

Bro is lucky he didn't get skewered.

Bro and bud may be thinking about riding slower from now on? I would

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