Grand County Trails
Ryan Summerlin September 27, 2012
I love walking out my door and hopping on my bike. Or I can walk up the road and get on one of the neighborhood trails. If I prefer I can get in my car and drive to a trailhead minutes away.Many of us take those trails for granted but those trails, those mountains, and the people we share this valley with are the biggest reasons we love living here. The Fraser Valley gets into your blood.Now, it’s that time of year to give back.Saturday, Sept. 29, is National Public Lands Day – a coast-to-coast one-day event that brings more than 100,000 Americans together to collect trash, pull weeds, plant trees, construct trails and build bridges over wetlands. Grand County’s National Public Lands Day draws more participants and completes the largest amount of work of any NPLD event in the country. In its 18th year, Grand County also holds the longest continuous-running NPLD event in the U.S.This is truly a countywide effort of Grand proportions all orchestrated by a committee of 10-12 dedicated individuals lead by the U.S. Forest Service and Headwaters Trails Alliance.There are seven projects offered for NPLD 2012 including the following. Anyone with a big smile and a good attitude is welcome at any project.• Baker Gulch Trail• Gilsonite Bridge & Trail • Cutthroat Bay Tree Planting• Tonahutu Trail• Colorado River Cleanup• Kinney Creek Stream Protection• Creating a New Hiking/Biking Connector Trail in Winter ParkFor more details about these projects, contact the number below or see page 3 of the Wednesday, Sept. 26, Sky-Hi News.NPLD starts at 7 a.m. at the YMCA Nordic Center/CCO Camp with breakfast and registration and lunch pickup. Buses start departing at 7:45 a.m., and all return later in the afternoon for a volunteer party with pizza appetizers, lasagna dinner, thank you recognition and door prizes for all volunteers. Great way to give back to the trails you love and enjoy.Call BJ Duffy of the Forest Service, 970-887-4120, or Maura McKnight of Headwaters Trails Alliance, 970-726-1013, for more information and to volunteer. Or just show up at the YMCA at 7 a.m. on Saturday to register.Sophomore TripThis year the Middle Park High School Sophomore River trip is Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. The sophomores will assist with the Colorado River cleanup on Saturday. Their help is greatly appreciated.Middle Park High School Cross CountryMPHS Invite: Battle of BerthoudRacing a dual meet is a very unique type of team race. Positioning becomes the key focus, rather than sheer time. Both the boys and girls race this weekend proved this to be the case. The lone squad who made the trip up to our home meet this year made for a very even opponent on both fronts. The boys squad ran to a 2-point loss to Clear Creek. As normal, the Panthers were paced by the tandem work of Simon Zink and Taber Miyauchi. In a tight battle for third and fourth was Logan Miyauchi, who came ever-so-close to catching Clear Creek’s top runner, Liam Mcdonough.Rounding out the scoring for the panthers was Mark Simmons, who raced with an increased level of intensity. The Lady Panthers raced to a 2-point win. Out front for the Panthers was Abrah Masterson, who kept a 2 minute lead on the field. Amelia Clancy battled off a pair of GoldDiggers for the entire race.Jenna Curran and Sophie Larson raced through the true pack of the race to round out the scoring. Lauren Rimmer and Lexie Sutcliff ran in sync, helping each other through the entire race. On Friday, Sept. 28, the Panthers travel to Littleton for the Dave Sanders XC meet.YMCA The Snow Mountain Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and kids races will be Sept. 30. This is the last of seven races in the Endurance Race Series in Colorado. Visit www.snowmountainhalf.com for more information and to sign up.Run the RanchesThe 3rd Annual Run the Ranches Trail Running Series concludes Sunday, Sept. 30, at Granby Ranch.Run the Ranches prides itself on unique trail runs (and distances) through amazing ranches. The participating host sites have graciously allowed access to their best trails and welcome you to an exciting adventure through the backcountry of Grand County. For more information, please visit www.runtheranches.com. Come on out and walk or run but see our local ranches at their best.East Shore bicyclesDon’t forget to give Rocky Mountain National Park your public comment about allowing bicycles on the East Shore Trail near Grand Lake.Bicycles are allowed on the first stretch of Forest Service land. This strip of the Park was excluded from wilderness designation in 2004 and designated as a trail corridor. The public comment period ends Sept. 30.For questions about the project, call the Park Information Office at 970-586-1206. PLEASE add your comments at parkplanning.nps.gov/romo before the Sept. 30 deadline. Again, there is no reason for hikers and mountain bikers to be opposed to each other when they can join forces and cooperate to create a trail that causes minimal damage to the environment and is enjoyed by everyone.Get out and enjoy the Fall, Grand County’s fabulous trails and the coming of snow. I’ll see you again before the Nordic Ski Swap on Oct. 26 at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch.If you have information to share about trails events in Grand County, call Diana Lynn Rau, 970-887-0547, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.