Basin gets new trail |

Basin gets new trail

Seven miles of trails dedicated last month near Jeremy Ranch provides needed "remoteness" for those hiking and biking in the Snyderville Basin.

That is according to trail advocate Senta Beyer, who works with landowners in western Summit County to construct trails as new subdivisions come online.

By cooperating with developer Kirkpatrick MacDonald, the Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District with Mountain Trails Foundation and Utah Open Lands recently dedicated new trails in a ritzy subdivision near Jeremy Ranch called The Preserve.

"Twenty years ago, several people in the community saw the benefits of having a master plan set in place to preserve as much of this beautiful area as possible," says Beyer in a press release from The Preserve. "Before The Preserve lots were ever platted, they considered the importance of creating a trail system through the project that would allow people and wildlife to roam freely."

Summit County Commissioner Sally Elliott praised the vision of developers at The Preserve.

"We are so fortunate to have come to a place where a major developer recognizes the benefits of planning for the betterment of the community," Elliott said. "Trails are important and play into the fundamental mix of recreational activities in Summit County."

Carol Potter, who is the executive director of Park City’s Mountain Trails Foundation, described the new trail as "a very gentle loop surrounded by an undisturbed natural environment."

"We are so far ahead of other communities in this area and are so fortunate," according to Potter.

MacDonald said, "It’s about reopening and welcoming people to the land we all hold in trust for the next generation."

"We’re really talking about trails and open space in an entirely new way than people have before. No fences, that’s a new idea for a lot of places," said MacDonald in an interview Tuesday. "That’s a whole paradigm shift . Instead of creating private outdoor space, you should make it available to the public."

He rebuffs those who say trail users in the community create security risks.

"Thieves drive around in trucks, they don’t ride on bicycles or hike," MacDonald said. "Thieves have a real problem carrying your television set on their bikes and they don’t hike out with the stuff, it just doesn’t happen." The Preserve provided the land and roughly $80,000 to help with construction of the trail, he added. "It’s a public trail that goes through the community because trails are very, very important for people who need to get away from cities," said MacDonald, who lives in New York City. "The most important thing anyone can do for their mental health is walk around."

Almost half of the new trail sits of 300 acres of open space north of the development where "there will not be any houses in sight," MacDonald said."This will open up that area in a great way," he said, adding, "It’s going to be a great place to go."

Access the new trail from the Cobblestone Loop off the Glenwild Trail or from The Preserve near West Bitner Road, Potter said.

"It’s a spectacular trail. It’s all just wilderness," Potter said. "This is going to be another signature trail."

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