Last year, the Carbondale-to-Crested Butte Trail was placed on a list of 16 priority trails as part of Governor John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful Initiative. Part of that trail would go up the Crystal River valley to the top of McClure Pass. Wilderness Workshop hired biologist Rick Thompson to study the impacts of possible Crystal Valley trail routes on local wildlife. Thompson presented the results of his study this week at two meetings, one of which was at Carbondale’s Third Street Center Tuesday night. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. You can find Thompson's study and a video of the presentation by clicking here.
A plan is being proposed to link a trail between Carbondale to Crested Butte. Last night at the Carbondale Firehouse, Dale Will, with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, along with Bill Kight of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society and Native American Kenny Frost of the Southern Ute Tribe presented a retrospective on early travel routes in the Crystal Valley. The slideshow of historic photographs and maps will be posted at this address.
Open houses about the trail are scheduled Sept. 6th at the Redstone Inn and Sept. 7th at the Carbondale Firehouse, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.