Mountain bikers who support the Proposal for the Crystal River Valley Trail need to let the Pitkin County Commissioners and the Open Space and Trails Board Trustees know their thoughts on this incredible trail project. Review the draft proposal and action items here.
While most of the mountain bike community might consider this trail a simple “no brainer,” sadly, it’s not. There is opposition to this proposed trail, so more input from the mountain bike community is essential to help this plan move forward. Submit your comments at the survey here.
RFMBA supports the draft plan in it’s current form because:
- The plan serves as a long term vision for the overall trail while appreciating some segments need more study and time before the ideal alignments are selected, further studied, approved, funded, and constructed.
- The plan’s action items are not just about the trail. The inclusion of biodiversity preservation and enhancement studies / projects are designed so that the eventual trail is not only a great place for riders to visit, but that the surrounding landscapes can continue to sustain the wildlife that make the Crystal Valley such a special place to begin with.
- The least controversial segments of trail – soft surface singletrack from Redstone to McClure Pass – is planned to be the first to go for additional review and approval over the coming months and years. This upper section of trail would allow for a 14 mile out and back singletrack ride all by itself!
Please take a moment to fill out the survey. Even if your comments are short and sweet it will make a difference.
Need some help with the 4 key survey questions? Simply state your support for and agreement with the Recommended Action Items in each of the categories listed below. RFMBA has reviewed the full draft plan and feels that Pitkin County Open Space & Trails’ staff and consultants have done very strong work to date on a very complex trail proposal. If you like fancy maps, spend time on the draft trail alignment segment mapping they have provided for review.
Biodiversity Preservation and Enhancement Action Items
Recreation Amenity Action Items
Maintenance, Management, Enforcement and Outreach Action Items
Trail Alignment Action Items