Silverthorne’s Angler Mountain Trail redirected for summer |

Silverthorne’s Angler Mountain Trail redirected for summer

Janice Kurbjun
Summit Daily News

An orange construction fence located about a mile and a half up the Angler Mountain Trail doesn’t mean the trail is closed, Angler Mountain Ranch developer Tim Crane says.

Rather, it’s a detour, helping keep hikers safe as he builds the beginnings of the Angler Mountain Ranch Road extension that will connect his developing neighborhood with the existing Hamilton Creek neighborhood.

“People are hiking up and seeing the orange fence and turning around. Now, there’s a detour sign on it,” Crane said. He plans to also put a sign at the trailhead to let people know the trail has been rerouted to use an old forest service road. It still connects to the Ptarmigan Mountain Trail.

The diversion should be discontinued in August, Crane said, however the actual road connection won’t be fully complete. He plans to have it available as a fire emergency route per the 2006 fire code requiring secondary egress from his community.

As he develops the 30-some lots that will line the road in the future, the access road will be upgraded.

Angler Mountain Trail runs for about two miles across private property before joining U.S. Forest Service land and the official Ptarmigan Trail. Crane worked with Forest Service officials to create the trail as an amenity to the development, along with a lake and the Blue River access. It traverses roughly half of the development’s 192 acres that is set aside as open space.

As the road gets built, Crane is also working on four cabins and three duplexes. Thirty-three custom home lots are platted, with about 20 of those sold.

Crane recently completed a deceleration lane on northbound Highway 9 that addresses safety concerns entering the property. It began a month early and after about 17 working days, finished about a month early.

“It was a safety issue because of all the trucks going north, you felt you were a sitting target there waiting to turn or even slowing down to turn,” he said.

As development proceeds at the site, Crane is hopeful.

“Finally, after four years, I feel like we’re getting a lot of traction and we’re having good sales,” he said. “We’ve got lots of construction going. If anything, right now, we’re creating our own buzz and excitement and sales. Hopefully that continues.”

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