The highly anticipated Buckhorn Traverse Extension which will link the Lower Buckhorn Trail and Buckhorn Traverse with the Glassier Trail is slated for completion in late July 2017. This 2.8 mile segment, added to two miles of the paved Rio Grande trail allows for an easily accessable 8-mile loop in the Mid-Valley.
The project is a team effort among the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
“This ‘jug handle’ off of the Rio Grande Trail will create a loop that’s perfect for after work on weekdays or as something to be incorporated into longer rides,” said Mike Pritchard, executive director of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.
Currently, mountain bikers can link Glassier and Lower Buckhorn by navigating between the two trails on old ranch roads that include steep and loose climbs and occasional route finding challenges.
The new trail, which is already under construction, offers more rider friendly flow lines and mellower climbs. Approximately half of the trail with be carved out by volunteers. The other half will be machine built.
Mark your calendars!
Anyone who wants to be involved in building this great community asset can join up with the Aloha Mt. Cyclery trail crew Sunday, June 11th for Buckhorn Traverse Extension trail work. Building trails is a great way to have fun, meet other mid-valley cyclists and enjoy the great outdoors MORE INFO: https://rfmba.org/event/crown-second-sunday/.
And don’t forget to stay tuned to RFMBA for more trail building action as we will be posting info on our Thursday evening ride-dig-ride sessions in June and July.