Area trails Day events set
In a town with so many trails and trail users, it was only a matter of time until the operation would expand.
On June 2, groups like Mountain Trails Foundation, Basin Recreation and the Rockport State Park will each celebrate and improve area trails.
"There’s going to be more than enough trail opportunities,"
Mountain Trails Foundation director Carol Potter said "There will be four different ways for people to contribute to the trails."
Potter has planned a party centered on the Rail Trail. Not only will the day be filled with trail preservation projects and trail rides, but it will also be a day to celebrate. She plans to mark the Rail Trail’s designation as a National Recreational Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior and honor the 50th Anniversary of Utah State Parks. Although the Rail Trail is managed by Mountain Trails, it is owned by Utah State Parks.
The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. at the Rail Trail trailhead in Prospector with a breakfast of coffee and bagels. Participants will devote an hour or so to trail maintenance and weed patching there and then move eastward to Wanship to continue work near the trailhead there. Lunch will be enjoyed in Wanship at the Spring Chicken Inn at noon. The first people to show up for the day’s activities will receive a commemorative bandana and a T-shirt from the American Hiking Society. Potter is hoping that people will be inspired to ride their bikes from Prospector to Wanship on the trail, but warns that the return trip is uphill.
For more information, visit http://www.mountaintrails.org.
In the Basin, Trails Project Manager Senta Beyer has planned a day working on a trail that is brand new to the area. The Preserves Trail is a single track path that runs about eight miles from the Cobblestone Loop in Glenwild to Jeremy Ranch.
The trail was made possible by a collaborative effort between the Snyderville Basin Recreation District and Kirk MacDonald, the developer of The Preserve real estate development.
"He’s a trail lover and decided to develop the trail," Beyer explained. "He wanted to give back to the community."
The Preserves Trail utilizes 500 acres of open space with no interference from developments or ski areas. Instead trails users are treated to a variety of forest vegetation and foliage.
Beyer expects about 75-100 participants and will be engaged them in a number of projects on the trails, including clipping vegetation, working on drainage, raking and refinishing the tread on the trail that may have been altered by deer and moose tracks.
Trail enthusiasts are invited to meet at 8:30 a.m. for breakfast at the second entrance to The Preserve development off of Bitner Road. Maintenance work will continue until noon, when The Preserve and Prudential Utah Real Estate will offer workers a catered lunch. Participants will also receive T-shirts sponsored in part by Backcountry.com.
For more information, visit http://www.basinrecreation.org.
Rockport State Park in Wanship is also making plans for National Trails Day and the 50th Anniversary of Utah State Parks. The public is invited to work on the Lakeview Trail, which travels along the east side of the park. Work on the new trail will include clearing, raking, bridge construction and trail grading.
For more information, visit http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/park/index.php?id=RPSP.
The Swaner Nature Preserve will also hold a Nature Festival on June 2 designed to educate the community on environmental issues in the East Canyon Creek watershed and familiarize them with the natural plants, rocks and animals in the area. The day-long festival will include interactive displays, active tours and informal classes.
For more information, visit http://www.swanernaturepreserve.org.
Summit County and Park City’s elected leaders celebrated Earth Day by attending the signing of the Community Renewable Energy Act.