Last section of Summit County recpath plowed and ready for use |

Last section of Summit County recpath plowed and ready for use

The last remaining section of the paved Recreational Pathway System is now plowed and swept in time for Memorial Day weekend. The Summit County Open Space and Trails Department received the all-clear on avalanche danger in Tenmile Canyon from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center last week, opening the trail to recreational use on May 13.

“The Road and Bridge Department was able to get the entire Recpath system plowed and swept earlier than usual this year, which we are very excited about,” Summit County commissioner Thomas Davidson said in a written statement. “Even though the Tenmile path is now open, though, everyone should use caution, as conditions are still wet, snowy and icy in many spots throughout the canyon between Frisco and Copper Mountain. The weather can be really erratic this time of year.”

Recpath construction projects scheduled for this summer include the resurfacing of a 1,300-foot portion of the Snake River path, between the Snake River crossing and the access adjacent to Aspen Ridge condominiums. Work will involve repair and sealing of joints and cracks in the pavement surface, followed by overlay of an asphalt slurry.

The resurfacing work on the Snake River path will likely take place in June, during which Summit County will post detours for users. The duration of work is weather dependent, but Summit County anticipates that it should last less than a week. Additional crack sealing will take place where needed along the entire recpath system this summer.

“As always, we’re asking recpath users to pardon our dust during construction,” Summit County Open Space and Trails director Brian Lorch said. “Please slow down as you approach maintenance activities, and always heed warning signs and the directions of authorized personnel.”

The Open Space and Trails Department will complete installation of a new recpath signage project this summer, providing users with significantly enhanced wayfinding, safety and trip planning. Summit County installed color-coded mile markers in fall 2014 and will install several informational kiosks this month. The kiosks will feature a color-coded system-wide recpath map with elevation profiles and mileage data for each section. At recpath intersections, new directional signage will list mileage to major destinations.

The signage project is funded in part by a $30,000 grant from Summit Biking Inc., a local nonprofit that works to enhance recreational cycling opportunities in Summit County.

“Whether you’re an experienced cyclist planning a workout or a visitor looking for a family-friendly ride or walk, this information is going to be tremendously helpful in maximizing your enjoyment of the recpath system,” Lorch said.

The signage will have important safety benefits, enabling emergency services personnel to more easily locate a person in need of help. Summit County dispatchers will be able to ask callers for the color and number of the nearest mile marker, helping them accurately pinpoint the caller’s location and allowing for a shorter response time.

“Until now, responding to medical emergencies on the Recpath involved a bit of guesswork, particularly in the case of a visitor who is unfamiliar with the area and unable to provide a good description of his or her location,” Summit County Ambulance Service director Jamie Woodworth said. “We expect the new signage to be extremely helpful in that regard.”

The Open Space and Trails Department is gearing up for its annual celebration of local cycling: Bike to Work Day is scheduled to take place Wednesday, June 24. For this year’s event, Summit County has teamed up with Physical Activity and Nutrition Team of the Summit (PANTS), the Family and Intercultural Resource Center and the towns of Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge.

Event partners will provide six breakfast stations located throughout Summit County, and cyclists can stop by the Island Grill in Frisco after work for the Bike to Work Day Happy Hour Mixer. Participants will receive snacks, raffle prizes and giveaways. The event is open to everyone who travels to Frisco Marina via bicycle and everyone who commuted via bike that day.

“Bike to Work Day is an opportunity for residents to jumpstart a bike-commuting habit,” Commissioner Davidson said. “After trying it for a single day, many people find it’s easy to continue throughout the summer months. And the event also serves as a reward for those who already bike to work and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.”

For more information, contact Katie Kent at the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department at (970) 668-4092 or

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