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What’s on Your Mind…Regarding Trails?

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The town has an existing network of paved and “soft-surface” trails throughout the town that accommodates a variety of users - from hikers, to walkers, road bikers, mountain bikers, in-line skaters and babies in strollers. The 1994 Open Lands Plan envisioned the concept of a trail system between neighborhoods “similar to trails found in the Alps where interconnected trails allow hikers to move around and to mountain villages,” with trailheads in each neighborhood. Trails provide both recreational opportunities and the ability for individuals to access and enjoy the town’s open lands and adjoining USFS lands. But if not sensitively designed and constructed, the development of new trails also brings with it the potential for adverse impacts from things like site disturbance, erosion and introducing human activity to wildlife habitat.

  • Under what circumstances should the town pursue a connected neighborhood trail system? What factors should be considered?

 

 

7 comments on article "What’s on Your Mind…Regarding Trails?"

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11/9/2017 9:54 AM

Re: any trail linking CC1 & CC2 using the existing social trail segment above the Vail Memorial Park & below the Peregrine nest ledge directly above the Park.

I am adamantly opposed to construction of a soft surface trail on this segment suitable for mountain biking for 3 reasons:

1.A mountain bike & expanded hiking trail at his location would likely drive out the only Peregrine pair in Vail as the peak period of cycling is exactly when the pair are raising their annual brood, late March through July. The birds are extremely sensitive to human intrusions at this time.

2. Peak time for family memorial services & visits at the Memorial Park is also at the same time as that for mountain bike activity. Particularly as some cyclists have in the past chosen to use the memorial markers as a bike obstacle course resulting in some damage, establishing a full-blown bike trail at this location is most insensitive. These are not compatible uses of that quiet space and its environs.

3. There is a valid and viable alternative routing sparing both the close intrusion on the Peregrines and on the Memorial Park. Already considered but not adopted is dropping the mountain bike trail down to the existing asphalt trail and using it to connect to the next segment of the East Vail Water Tank trail portion. This could be done easily just a few 100 yds. west of the Memorial Park & nest cliff.


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2/6/2018 4:01 PM

I am opposed to the Vail Trail Extension through the Katsos Ranch for the following reasons.

1. There is already an existing paved recreational path through this area. Parallel trails make no sense and cause further disturbance.

2. This area has been described by CPW as important winter, summer and transitional range for big game. Placing a trail further up the hillside will cause fragmentation and wildlife disturbance.

3. Following the Wildlife Forum, it is now very clear that recreation is having huge impacts on wildlife and high value habitat. It is no longer about our wants but now more about the animals' needs.


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5/2/2018 2:45 PM

I am wondering why no consideration has been given to closing the existing Vail Trail? The trail is not legal as it crosses several private properties, additionally it is not recognized by the Forest Service as a designated route on the 2011 Travel Management Plan. Also, if this area is so important to wildlife habitat then this is another reason people should not be hiking this route.


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6/16/2018 1:12 PM

As an opponent to the Vail Trail Extension based on the impacts of recreation on wildlife, I have no issue with the closing of any "illegal" social trails. This includes the Vail Trail. I would much prefer to sacrifice my own self serving pleasure of hiking/running on this trail for the greater good of habitat preservation. As we learned in the Wildlife Forum last winter, "put place first". Lobbying for a beginner soft surface mountain bike trail adjacent to an existing paved recreation path completely ignores the recommendations of our local wildlife professionals. I advocate for maintaining and/or closing trails rather than building new ones.


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7/28/2018 11:45 AM

Perhaps the next phase of sustainability leadership will recognize that there is a wisdom in being able to say "I/we have enough."

Edward Abbey once said "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."


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9/28/2018 6:18 AM

Good


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1/23/2020 1:39 AM

I am wondering why no consideration has been given to closing the existing Vail Trail? The trail is not legal as it crosses several private properties, additionally it is not recognized by the Forest Service as a designated route on the 2011 Travel Management Plan. Also, if this area is so important to wildlife habitat then this is another reason people should not be hiking this route.

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