Kristen Lodge: It’s time to hit the trail running
Grand County, CO Colorado
On a recent morning, I woke up and knew that it was going to be the first day to hit the trails for a run. Since summer just flipped her switch last week, very similar to last year, I knew I needed to take advantage of the sun. It was 80 degrees. All spring I could run anytime I wanted without contending with hot temperatures. Now, I have to make an effort to run in the morning when it is still cool. The morning temperature: 41 degrees.
There was the perfect blue sky and sun we have been dreaming about all winter. It is a day like this that makes me forget about our long winter.
Since the lower trails near SolVista are mostly clear of snow, I decided to run on the Granby section of the Fraser to Granby Trail. This is one of my favorite trails in the county due to the perfect mix of uphill, downhill, and flats.
The Fraser to Granby trail was conceptualized by Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails and was overseen by Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA). Many people, companies, and volunteers helped to realize the trail.
As of today, there is only a small section remaining to be constructed. Funding for the construction of the remaining half mile section around the Inn at SilverCreek was donated by the Sprout Fund of the Grand Foundation.
“After publishing an RFP, HTA chose the M3/JVA/Grand Environmental Team,” said Maura McKnight, Executive Director of HTA .
The team will construct an 8-foot by 35-foot bridge over Ten Mile Creek and just over a half-mile of trail from this bridge to the stoplight at Thompson Road.
This will officially complete the Fraser to Granby Trail, beginning at the Fraser Sports Complex and ending at Kaibab Park in Granby.
At its completion, hikers, walkers, bikers can travel between Fraser and Granby via a trail route. I’m not sure what part of the trail truly has the best views. The newest section that runs from Ten Mile Creek to the gazebo in Granby Ranch is one of the most scenic. I’m not sure if I love more the sweeping views north of the town of Granby or the trail coming back toward SolVista with views of the slopes. I love getting off the road and running on a dry, dirt trail through wildflowers, aspen and sage.
At the end of my run a mountain biker came up from behind me. He got off his bike, looked around at the views of the surrounding mountains, trying to catch his breath. I’m not sure if the ride on the trail or the view took his breath away.
HTA will need volunteers to help complete the work. Call 970-726-1013 or email McKnight at email@example.com if you would like to help their organization.
Another important trail project: Adopt a Trail. A program coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service and Headwaters Trails Alliance needs trail adopters. The Adopt-A-Trail program (AATP) allows outdoor enthusiast to help repair and maintain the trails in Grand County. Contact Andy Borek at the Sulphur Ranger District, Arapaho National Forest in Granby, 970-509-9103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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