The spring thaw is giving way to a slew of outdoor activities in Summit County.
The paved Recreational Pathway System is plowed and ready for walkers and cyclists.
“The recent warm weather has helped us open the recpath ahead of schedule,” said Summit County open space and trails resource specialist Brad Eckert.
County officials expect crowded conditions on the path, especially on weekends. They ask those who use the path to be prepared to slow down, and to pull off the pathway when stopping.
Although the path is open, there are still wet and icy spots, as well as some sandy areas, Eckert said.
“Most backcountry trails are likely to be snow-packed or muddy for several weeks,” he said. “We hope that the early opening of the recpath will provide an alternative to avoid damaging trails during this time period when they are most fragile.”
People using the paved trails may come upon maintenance vehicles and should slow down when approaching them. The county will be doing work on a piece of the Dillon-Keystone Recpath, which stretches from the Dillon town limit to Swan Mountain Road. Workers will be refacing the decking on the bridge over the Snake River, removing and replacing asphalt and improving drainage on this portion of the trail system.
The Ten Mile Canyon recpath segment remains closed due to avalanche concerns.