Outdoors: Forest Service adds ‘new’ trails in Summit County

Some of the "new" trails on national forest lands in Summit County lead to hidden coves along the shore of Dillon Reservoir.
Some of the “new” trails on national forest lands in Summit County lead to hidden coves along the shore of Dillon Reservoir.

Travel management plan update results in some user-created trails becoming an official part of the trail network

By Summit Voice

FRISCO — If you’ve never heard of the Hippo Trail or the Bodhi Trail, don’t feel too bad. Both are newly named trail segments in Summit County that have just recently been formally added to the national forest trail system managed by the U.S. Forest Service’s Dillon Ranger District.

Many of the user-created have been popular with locals for years, but now they’re officially on the map, said Ken Waugh, recreation staff officer for the district.

“Many of these have never been maintained and have not been on District maps,” Waugh said, adding that the Forest Service is making an outreach effort to let hikers and cyclists know about the new trails.

As part of that effort, the Dillon District is preparing Recreation Opportunity Guides for these new trails. The one-page sheets  have a map on one side and information about the trails on the other. When they’re done, they’ll be posted online at this White River National Forest website. Some of the guides are already posted at www.dillonrangerdistrict.com. The guides include directions to the trailhead, mileage, range in elevation, difficulty, and trail highlights. They’re also avaiable at the USFS visitor center in Silverthorne.

Through a trail naming process last summer the public offered trail name suggestions, some of which were adopted. The new names are reflected on the trail guides. A full list of the names is here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5417554.pdf.

A grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife will help meet some immediate trail maintenance needs by funding a three-person trail crew, set to do basic  clearing, installation of drainage structures, and closing and rehabilitating braided sections and spurs.

Additionally a Rocky Mountain Youth Corps 10-person crew will work on the Colorado Trail and the Ophir Mountain and Salt Lick trail systems for three weeks this summer. The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District will coordinate maintenance projects on some of the new trails on the Frisco Peninsula. The Summit Fat Tire Society will work on the Ophir Mountain trail system and Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness will work on new trails in the Willow Creek area with grant funding from the National Forest Foundation’s Ski Conservation Fund.

For additional information, contact the Dillon Ranger District at 970-468-5400 or visit the White River national Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/whiteriver.


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