Boulder open space board: Allow mountain bikes on Anemone Hill

Boulder open space board: Allow mountain bikes on Anemone Hill

By Mitchell Byars Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 08/17/2011 10:58:45 PM MDT

The Boulder open space board is recommending a new trail on Anemone Hill that would be open to mountain bikes.

"This is an area of huge recreational benefit," said Open Space Board of Trustees member John Putnam. "Right now, we don't have a good opportunity for cyclists and no good trail access. Despite impacts, the benefit outweighs the potential harm."

The board recommended Wednesday night that a multi-use trail be built, but it added some stipulations, including deferring connecting trails to the Boulder Creek Path and the Fourmile Canyon area.

Three members voted to recommend a four- to five-mile bike loop with hiker-only connections on Anemone Hill.

Board member Allyn Feinberg voted against the recommendation, saying the impact and cost of a new trail would be too great. Patricia Billig voted for a bike trail in the area but said she thought the recommendation should not include a specific trail outline.

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