HTA trails and events update
The hustle and bustle of July 4th weekend kept us all on our toes in the valley, with fun visitors from all over to enjoy our towns’ events, businesses, and fireworks in the mountains. It is now settling down before our next events to come. We have busy weekends here to follow with fun festivities for all. This weekend is Mountain Bike Capital USA, a weekend packed full of bike races and fun activities for the whole family. Check out the Winter Park/Fraser Chamber for the schedule of events (http://www.playwinterpark.com/event/mbc-weekend/) .
Headwaters Trails Alliance will be hosting their inaugural Bike Pub Crawl Fundraiser throughout the Town of Winter Park and Old Town from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 9. This is a great way to support the trails in Grand County, as well as support local businesses throughout town. This adventurous event is a $25 donation to HTA that will include a free drink at five different locations. We will be starting at the new distillery in Winter Park, Idlewild Spirits Distillery, located under Rudi’s Deli on US Highway 40. This will be an exclusive sneak peek to the distillery, compliments of Jeff Ruhle. We will then continue to four more great locations which will be unknown until we get there! All you will need to participate is any bike (preferably nothing fancy!)! Costumes are also encouraged. We will have live music and prizes at the end of the event, including best costume. Please contact HTA at 970-726-1013 for any questions or further details about this event.
Another new event Headwaters Trails Alliance has started this summer along with Grand Mountain Bike Alliance (GMBA) is a maintenance workshop on Tuesday evenings. This workshop is weekly from 5-7 p.m. This has been a fun and successful event. It is a great way to give back to the trails while learning some basic trail maintenance skills. Our next workshop will take place on Meadow Trail in Rendezvous. We will be meeting at the Meadow Trailhead off of Friendship Drive in Rendezvous at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. Please contact me at HTA if you are interested in next week’s workshop.
Fraser to Granby Trail
Headwaters Trails Alliance has also been busy with future plans for the Fraser-to-Granby Trail. If you have traveled along this trail between Tabernash and Granby this year, you may have noticed that there is a bridge under water between the Pole Creek entrance off US Highway 40 and the Winter Park Christian Church. This area sits in a beautiful thriving wetland habitat with numerous willows, fantastic bird life, and beaver dams and dens throughout. Beavers are considered a keystone species, which means that without them, several other species would not be able to survive. Though these beavers sometimes have a negative impact on trails causing flooding, the long term advantages of these species our countless. They even filter out pollutants and increase nutrients in our water sources. With the help of a grant from the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Rotary, Grand County Road and Bridge and numerous others, we will be joining efforts to keep this habitat pristine and raising the trail to eliminate the flooding problem along the trail. Stay tuned for more project information on this area. Contact Headwaters Trails Alliance for other future projects and events by calling 970-726-1013.
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West Grand seniors Rene Dominguez, right, and Angel Dominguez pass the baton during one of the nighttime relays at the 2021 Joe Shields Invitational at WGHS.