Fraser to Granby trail almost complete
September 10, 2008
Another important section of the Fraser-to-Granby Trail has just been completed.
A total of 3.5 miles have been added to the trail over the past two weeks. The new section of trail was constructed by Blue Sky Trail, LCC, which was under contract to do the work for the Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA).
“We’re getting close to finishing the Fraser-to-Granby Trail with this new seciton of trail,” said Lucinda Elicker, HTA’s Executive Director.
The trail’s new section was built on Granby Ranch property, paralleling its Village Road. Starting at the gazebo where the Village Road crosses a high ridge, the trail contours down the western face of the ridge, crosses a gulch and ends up near the ponds close to the Inn at SilverCreek. The new section of trail has a six-percent grade.
“For those familiar with that area, the ridge is a huge wintering area for elk,” Elicker said. “Because of that, the Colorado Division of Wildlife will close that section of trail from Oct. 15 to April 15 every year to protect the elk. There’s usually a lot of snow there that time of year, too.”
Now that the 3.5-mile section is finished, Elicker said HTA hopes to build a further section of the Fraser-to-Granby Trail that will go behind the Inn at Silver Creek’s parking lot and past the Flying Heels Rodeo Arena to the intersection across U.S. Highway 40 from the Granby City Market.
Across the highway, the trail will join another section of trail across the highway that has already been built by the Grand Elk subdivision using recycled asphalt. It will go behind the Granby Fire Department parking lot and over the bridge to end at Granby’s Kaibab Park.
The Fraser-to-Granby Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized trail open to the public. Hikers, mountain bikers and walkers with their dogs are welcome to use it. Horseback riders are allowed on some sections of the trail.
The trail starts off County Road 5 at the Fraser Sports Complex and travels to Tabernash. From there, it travels to the entrance of the YMCA of the Rockies where it passes through a box culvert under U.S. Highway 40 and on to the Granby Ranch property.
When completed, the Fraser-to-Granby Trail will be 16 miles long.
After it is complete, HTA plans to begin work on the construction of the 17-mile Granby-to-Grand Lake Trail.