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Free public transit service provides direct access to popular Buffalo Cabin – Lily Pad Trailhead
Adam Bianchi, Dillon Ranger District: 970-262-3495
Katherine King, Summit County Open Space & Trails: 970-668-4061
SILVERTHORNE, Colo. –The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Summit County Open Space & Trails Department and U.S. Forest Service are encouraging locals and visitors to find their way and go play on National Forest lands this holiday weekend by utilizing public transit. In recent months, parking congestion and illegal parking at the Buffalo Cabin – Lily Pad Trailhead has prompted partners to work together to reduce impacts to local neighborhoods and address traffic safety issues.
The trailhead is popular among locals and visitors who use these trails for day hikes or as access points for extended trips into the Eagles Nest Wilderness. However, overflow at the parking area has created safety issues on the adjacent roadway. The partners have worked together in recent months to address the parking issues at these trailheads. Newly installed signs remind drivers that parking on County rights of way – both the road and shoulder – is prohibited.
“This is a very popular trailhead – it provides access to some amazing public lands,” Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said. “But we can’t overlook a condition that compromises public safety on County roads. The Sheriff’s Office will have a presence up there to inform and educate trailhead users about where parking is allowed and where it’s not. We’ll conduct enforcement action if we need to, but we hope that won’t be necessary.”
The local public transit system provides quick and stress-free access to the places you love to play.
“The Summit Stage is a fast and free way to get to the trailhead,” Summit County Transit Director Curtis Garner said. “Parking in Silverthorne is somewhat limited, but there is ample free parking at the Frisco Transit Center, where buses connecting to the Wildernest Loop depart every hour, on the hour. From Frisco, the one-way trip to the trailhead takes only 25 minutes.”
Wildernest Loop buses depart Silverthorne Station at :15 past every hour, beginning at 6:15 a.m., with service to the Trailhead Stop, arriving at :22 past the hour. At the conclusion of a hike, get back on the bus at :22 past the hour to return to Silverthorne Station at :45 past the hour. From Silverthorne Station, riders can access bus routes that provide free service to Frisco, Dillon, Keystone and other destinations in Summit County.
“It is no longer just the weekends and holidays; often the trailhead parking lot is at capacity during a typical weekday,” said Adam Bianchi, Deputy District Ranger. “We are fortunate in Summit County to have a fast and convenient alternative to accessing our trailheads with Summit Stage. We encourage everyone to be good neighbors and stewards by utilizing public transit to access National Forest lands.”
Visit www.summitstage.com or call 970-668-0999 for details on routes, stops and schedules. Or download the Summit Stage app to view routes and real-time bus locations.