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Posted on: April 11, 2022

Summit County Recpath Open for 2022 Season

Rec Path April

New Fremont Recpath alignment will be fully open later this summer

Contact: Allison Mitchell, Summit County Open Space & Trails

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Recreational Pathway System (Recpath) is now open for the 2022 season.  The County’s Recpath network is now fully plowed, with the exception of sections through Tenmile Canyon between Frisco and Copper Mountain and between Copper Mountain and Vail Pass.

“The opening of the Recpath is one of the most eagerly anticipated signs of spring in Summit County,” Open Space and Trails Resource Specialist Allison Mitchell said. “We’re always excited to bring it out of hibernation so everyone can get out there and enjoy it again.”

Although the Recpath system is open, there are still icy spots and users may encounter workers and maintenance vehicles. Users should be particularly careful in shaded underpasses, as they have significant ice build-up that will need warmer temperatures to melt out completely. “Sweeping of the Recpath will likely not commence until mid- to late April, so expect to see sand and gravel on the path until sweeping is complete,” said Mitchell. Recpath users are urged to exercise caution and slow down when approaching work areas or vehicles, as well as anticipate variable conditions throughout April.

The Tenmile Canyon Recpath typically opens significantly later than other stretches of the pathway system, because it runs underneath 25 avalanche paths in the Tenmile Range. The Summit County Open Space and Trails Department has contracted with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) since 2015 to assess spring avalanche risk. CAIC has reported a reduction in snowpack in the largest avalanche paths above the Recpath. However, avalanche conditions will persist as the snowpack transitions to a springtime regime. 

“Public safety is always our paramount concern when determining when to open each section of the Recpath,” Summit County Open Space and Trails Director Katherine King said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience staying off the Recpath in Tenmile Canyon while it was closed.”

The 2022 season also marks the first time the new Fremont Recpath alignment will be fully open later this summer. The Fremont Recpath Project bypasses a narrow section of Highway 91 near Copper Mountain, stretching from the existing Tenmile Canyon Recpath to the southern boundary of Climax Mine. The 3.3-mile section follows the abandoned rail bed of the historic Denver South Park and Pacific Railroad. Like much of Summit County’s Recpath system, the new segment is nearly entirely on White River National Forest lands and will be operated under a special use permit from the Dillon Ranger District. 

“We are excited to see this much-anticipated project coming to completion,” King said. “Construction was initially scheduled to start in 2019, but plans were waylaid by damage caused during the historic avalanche cycle that year as well as delays associated with COVID-19.” 

Recpath users should note that the Fremont section is still closed due to a wildlife closure that ends April 30, avalanche danger, and unfinished portions of the path. The project is expected to be completed in early summer, and the public will be notified when the Fremont section is officially open.  

“We appreciate the community’s patience with the construction delay, as well as respecting any construction and wildlife-related closures,” added King.

For more information about the Summit County Recreational Pathway, contact the Open Space & Trails Department at 970-668-4060, or visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/OpenSpace

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Recpath del Condado de Summit abierto para la temporada 2022 

Una sección nueva de Fremont Recpath estará completamente abierta a finales de este verano

Contacto: Allison Mitchell, de Espacios Abiertos y Senderos del Condado de Summit

CONDADO DE SUMMIT – El Sistema de Rutas Recreativas del Condado de Summit (Recpath) ahora está abierto para la temporada del 2022. El enlace de 38 millas del condado ahora está completamente sin nieve, con la excepción de las secciones a través de Tenmile Canyon entre Frisco y Copper Mountain, así como entre Copper Mountain y Vail Pass.

"La apertura del Recpath es una de las señales más esperadas de la primavera en el Condado de Summit", dijo Allison Mitchell, Especialista de Recursos de Espacios Abiertos y Senderos. Aunque gran parte del sistema de senderos recreativos ahora está abierto, los usuarios aún pueden encontrar puntos mojados y congelados, así como trabajadores y vehículos de mantenimiento. “Es probable que el barriendo de Recpath no comienza hasta mediados de abril, así que espere ver arena y grava en el sendero hasta que se complete el barrido.” Se pide a los usuarios de senderos recreativos tener precaución y reducir la velocidad al acercarse a áreas de trabajo o vehículos. 

El sendero del Tenmile Canyon generalmente se abre significativamente más tarde que otros tramos del sistema de caminos porque corre por debajo de 25 caminos de avalanchas. Durante las últimas siete temporadas, el Departamento de Espacios Abiertos y Senderos del Condado de Summit ha contratado al Centro de Información de Avalanchas de Colorado (CAIC) para evaluar el riesgo de avalanchas durante la primavera. "El CAIC ha informado una reducción de nieve compactada en los caminos de avalanchas más grandes sobre el Recpath", dijo el director de Espacios Abiertos y Senderos, Katherine King, pero el riesgo de avalanchas se continuará durante de la primavera. 

La temporada 2022 también marca la primera vez que una sección nueva de Fremont Recpath estará completamente abierta a finales de este verano. El Proyecto de Senderos de Fremont evitará una sección estrecha de la Carretera 91 cerca de Copper Mountain, que se extiende desde el sendero existente del Tenmile Canyon hasta el límite sur de Climax Mine. La nueva ruta seguirá los rieles abandonados del histórico Parque Sur de Denver y el Ferrocarril Pacifico, con una superficie pavimentada de 3.3 millas de largo. Al igual que gran parte del sistema de senderos del Condado de Summit, el nuevo segmento estará casi completamente en tierras del Bosque Nacional White River y será operado bajo un permiso de uso especial del Distrito de Guardaparques de Dillon.

"Estamos emocionados de ver que este proyecto tan esperado se haga realidad", dijo King. “Inicialmente, la construcción estaba programada para el 2019, pero los planes fueron atrasados por los daños causados durante el ciclo histórico de avalanchas. El proyecto está programado para terminar este verano, y la pública será notificado cuando el sendero se abra oficialmente. Agradecemos la paciencia de la comunidad con el retraso de la construcción, así como el respeto de los cierres y desvíos relacionados con la construcción cerca de Copper Mountain Resort."

Para obtener más información sobre los Caminos Recreativos del Condado de Summit, comuníquese con el Departamento de Espacios Abiertos y Senderos al 970-668-4060, o visite www.SummitCountyCO.gov/OpenSpace.

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