Open Space and Trails Board adopts management plan; trail construction underway
Members of the Basalt High School football team help build the downhill trail.
The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board on July 18th adopted the Prince Creek Management Plan. The plan is posted below.
TRAIL CONSTRUCTION: GIT 'ER DONE The plan allows construction of a trail along part of Prince Creek Road. Separate uphill and downhill trails are being built where space allows along a roughly 1.45-mile stretch of the road. Volunteers have completed construction of the uphill trail and are continuing work on the downhill route. Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association have organized one last work day on Oct. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., to finish the downhill trail. About 3/4 of a mile is left to build. Participants should bring water and snacks. A meal will be furnished at the end of each day.
THE BULL PEN Potential use of the Bull Pen parcel as a parking area will be further explored. Open Space and Trails will consult with residents along Prince Creek Road, as well as user groups, if the parking lot is pursued.
Prince Creek Road, just outside of Carbondale, lies partially within Garfield County but mostly within Pitkin County. It is heavily used by pedestrians, as well as mountain bikers who use it to access a network of trails west of the road, leading onto BLM land known as the Crown. Our goal is to separate recreational traffic from motorized traffic to the extent possible and provide off-road parking to alleviate the parking of vehicles on the road itself. The trail easement depicted on the map, as well as the Bull Pen parcel, have been purchased with these improvements in mind.