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Summit County’s recreational pathway system opens ahead of schedule

Special to the Daily/Bill Linfield

Special to the Daily/Bill Linfield


Opening of new recpath connections between Ten Mile Canyon, Copper Mountain and

Highway 91

Phase 2 of the Snake River recpath repaving project, extending from Summit Cove to Keystone

Patching of cracks where needed, throughout the entire recpath system

Copper Road striping, with new bike lanes between Highway 91 and the Vail Pass recpath

New mile markers and increased directional signage

Runners, bikers, dog walkers rejoice!

County officials announced Thursday that Summit’s recreational pathway system is plowed and ready for use, ahead of schedule.

In 2013, the county made the same announcement in the second week of May.

Brian Lorch, the county director of open space and trails, wanted to remind everyone to stay off backcountry trails, which likely will be snow-packed or muddy for a few more weeks.

“We hope that the early opening of the recpath will provide an alternative to avoid damaging trails during this period when they are most fragile.”

Officials also remind users to watch out for wet, icy and sandy spots, and to slow down and use caution when approaching maintenance vehicles. The recpath could be crowded, especially on weekends, so users should be prepared to slow down and pull off the pathway if stopping.

The Ten Mile Canyon section remains closed due to avalanche concerns.