by Suzanne Webel
By all rights, Oct 22 could have been snowy and cold, raining or worse. But not this year! It was a glorious day, sunny with temperatures higher than 86 degrees. Perfect conditions for building a new nice trail on the west side of Geer Canyon Drive that will connect the future trailhead at the old ranch headquarters with the existing trailhead facilities. Almost a dozen enthusiastic trail advocates whacked away at the rocks, soil and grass along a line of tiny pink flags with McLeods and pick mattoxes, turning a mere conceptual trail alignment into a real, recognizable trail in a matter of hours. We got off to a great start with coffee and bagels courtesy of BCHA, and ending with a nice lunch of sandwiches, soft drinks and beer courtesy of BATCO.
The trail will open in mid-2017, after several bridges are built across gullies and after the new trailhead is built. And then… we get to work on the new pedestrian/equestrian trail on the east side of the road. Definitely looking forward to that.
A hearty thanks to Boulder County Parks & Open Space for approving this trail complex and for coordinating the trail project. We hope to see more volunteers next year — it’s fun and rewarding!