Forest Service Devises Plan Of Attack On Holy Cross Vandalism

Minturn (AP) U.S. Forest Service crews plan to use wire
brushes and perhaps solvent in an effort to remove the white arrows somebody spray–painted on rocks marking a trail through wilderness to the Mount of the Holy Cross. Officials recently found dozens of rocks, and even a tree trunk, marked with white paint.

The arrows mark a little–used descent route on one of the
state's 54 mountains that are taller than 14,000 feet. The
arrows often run next to a clearly visible path on a route that's much steeper and more difficult than the main route.

Use of spray paint along the trail is a federal offense
punishable by a $5,000 dollar fine. Any kind of permanent
marks in such areas are decried by mountaineers and wilderness advocates. Wlderness Ranger Cindy Ebbert says crews will try to scrub the rocks clean before resorting to solvents.

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