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New Eagle-Vail trail planned

EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” A new two-mile hiking trail is being planned for the south side of Eagle-Vail, above the golf course.

The proposed trail would span east-west from the Stone Creek trailhead at the end of Eagle Drive to Grouse Court, and could also be accessed from Deer Boulevard and Elk Lane. It will join Paulie’s Plunge and Paulie’s Sister trails and create a “network” of trails in the Eagle-Vail area, said Paul Hields, chairman of the Eagle-Vail Trail Committee, which is spearheading the project.

“We saw that trails were needed, that trails were a benefit, and we wanted to do something like the North Trail in Vail,” Hields said.



It will simply be called the “Eagle-Vail Trail,” and will be geared towards locals.

“It will be used primarily by the neighborhood,” Hields said. “It can be easily accessed in a few places and will be good for an evening walk or taking a dog for a quick jog around the neighborhood before or after work.”



The trail would be open to bikers during the summer, and will be open to snowshoers and cross country skiers in the winter, said Don Dressler, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District trails coordinator. No motorized vehicles will be allowed.

It will be a simple trail, easily accessible and short, Dressler said. “This is very much a community trail.” he said.

Planners are hoping that by building this trail, there will be fewer people walking their dogs and jogging on the golf course.



“If we give walkers and runners an alternative to use other than the golf course, it will relieve any conflict between golfers and neighborhood people,” Hields said.

The trail will cost around $50,000, and the cost will be shared by Eagle County, Eagle-Vail Metro District and the Eagle-Vail Property Owner’s Association.

The trail would be designed and built by the Forest Service, and will be built on land owned by the Eagle-Vail Metro District and the Forest Service. Before being approved, there will be an environmental assessment completed detailing the impact of the trail.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 970-748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

If you have any comments on the trail plans, send them by Sept. 30 to Brian Lloyd, district ranger, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, c/o Don Dressler, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645. Please include your name, address and telephone number, along with specific facts and supporting reasons for your concerns.

For further information, contact Don Dressler, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District trail coordinator at (970)827-5157, or drdressler@fs.fed.us., or the Eagle Vail Trails Committee at evpoa@mountainmax.net, subject line TRAILS.

To download maps of the trail, visit http://www.eaglevail.org.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 970-748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.


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