New section planned to connect Tenmile section with Vail Pass section
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service wants public comment on a plan to build a new 4,500-foot section of recpath near Copper Mountain to connect the Tenmile Canyon section with the Vail Pass section. In a scoping letter, the Forest Service says the existing alignment is difficult and confusing, and, in places, dangerous. The section would essentially create a connection between the Tenmile section and the entrance to Copper Mountain Resort.
The proposed trail would start at the confluence of Tenmile Creek and West Tenmile Creek, running about 1,500 feet south to an intersection where users could turn west to the Highway 91-Copper Road junction, or continue sout another 2,000 feet to where an existing stock bridge crosses Tenmile Creek.
That 2,000-foot section could be the first leg of an extension of the recpath up toward Fremont Pass, a long-term goal for the system. That extension was discussed in the context of Copper Mountain Resort’s plan to expand the Corn Lot parking area.
In its current form, the proposal includes the option of building a new bridge across the creek on Copper Mountain Resort lands. According to the Forest Service scoping letter, cyclists currently use the Highway 91 frontage road to enter the resort. With trucks and RVs parked along the road, cyclists are often forced into oncoming traffic.
The comment period lasts for 30 days. Comments should include name, address, telephone number and any organization represented. Reference the Summit County recpath project in your comment and include any specific facts, concerns or issues.
Comments are due Oct. 29. Send them to Scott Fitzwilliams ℅ Shelly Grail Braudis, White River National Forest, Dillon Ranger District, P.O. Box 620, Silverthorne, CO 80498. Fax to (970) 468-7735 or by e-mail to email@example.com.
Questions about the projects can be answered by Shelly Grail Braudis at (970) 468-7735, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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