Members of the Walton family plan to start construction this summer on 4.5 miles of trails on their private property in Coal Basin that will be open to the public when completed in 2020.
The Waltons’ Crystal Basin Holdings LLC gained approval from the Pitkin County commissioners in October to build a compact trail network that will be designed for mountain bikers but open to use by runners and hikers.
“Winter hiking, fat-tire mountain biking and Nordic skiing may be allowed on some system trails and may be supported through traditional Nordic grooming techniques,” said an operations and management plan submitted to the county.
The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board of directors voted 5-0 in April to recommend that the county commissioners accept an easement for the trail that will be held by the county. That’s a formality to ensure the network remains open long-term and free of charge to the public. Crystal Basin Holdings will construct and oversee the trail.
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