Today’s site visit open to public; open space advisory group to scope alignment for new connector from Peaks Trail to town
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s not every day that you have a municipal planning board go out for a site visit on mountain bikes, but that’s the plan in Breckenridge today, where the local open space advisory group will spend a couple of hours scoping a new alignment for a trail connecting the town with the popular Peaks Trail.
The site visit is open to the public and begins at 12 p.m. at town hall. Call open space planner Scott Reid for more details, (970) 453-3160 (Ext. 1155).
The new trail has already been approved and construction has started, with the town and Vail Resorts splitting the cost. A “ballpark” estimate for the cost of the 1.5 mile section is about $20,000, said open space planner Scott Reid, explaining that the trail includes two boardwalk sections to avoid impacts to wetlands and riparian zones.
“The health of Cucumber Gulch is the primary concern,” Reid said.
The town decided to build the new connector as part of the overall discussion about summer use in the town’s prized Cucumber Gulch wetlands preserve. For the first time this year, Breckenridge Ski Area is operating the BreckConnect Gondola in the summer. Before permitting the use, the town commissioned a wildlife impact study and worked with the resort to find ways to reduce human impacts in some of the most sensitive wildlife and wetland areas.
Summer gondola operations could increase downhill bike traffic from the resort to the town, so creating a new alternate route will help route some traffic away from the area.
Click here for an earlier story on the discussions on Gondola impacts.