There is strength in numbers. This group of people came together on National Public Lands Day to raise awareness of an intended trail closure. It was not a typical trail closure—the intent was to close the trail to the public, but leave it open for one commercial tour company to use exclusively. This had never occurred in any forest of which I was aware, and we were concerned about the precedent it would set.
The feedback of 42 people was enough to persuade the Forest Service to change the decision. Soldier Pass will be reopened to the public by a daily permit system—a compromise, certainly, but still a win in my opinion.