Path may lead Eagle-Vail walkers off course |

Path may lead Eagle-Vail walkers off course

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE-VAIL ” Residents may not have to take walks on the Eagle-Vail golf course anymore if plans for a new multi-use trail go through.

“It would give people a way to recreate. You could walk, hike and mountain bike. We’d like to connect it to other trails,” said trail committee head Paul Hields.

The plans are for a 2-mile trail paralleling the golf course from the Stone Creek trailhead to the 10th tee.

A 2006 survey showed that 96 percent of Eagle-Vail residents walked, hiked or ran. Those activities ranked only behind golfing and skiing as most popular. The survey also showed that the most-used facility in the area was the golf course, but not for golfing ” most residents used it to run and walk.

“It really conflicts sometimes,” Hields said. “This trail will be a good way to reduce the number of people who use the course for other activities.”

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Eagle-Vail resident Neil Mulholland said he walks on the golf course everyday, and every once in a while there are problems with golfers.

“It’s not too much of a problem, but I think most people would prefer to walk a trail in the forest if they had a choice,” he said.

The entire project would cost $40,000 to $50,000. The trail committee is asking for $16,000 each from the Eagle-Vail Metro District, the Property Owner’s Association, and Eagle County. The requests are currently being considered.

“The metro board is 100 percent behind that trail system,” said John Nichols, metro district board president. But how much funding the metro district can provide depends on whether a property-tax increase is OK’d by neighborhood voters next week, he said.

The trail does not qualify for EcoTrail funds because EcoTrail focuses on east to west, valley-floor trails, Hields said.

Mulholland said the valley could use a trail of moderate difficulty.

“There are a lot of trails in the mountains, but not many that kids, the less physically fit or the elderly can hike,” said Mulholland.

He and his wife are avid hikers, but when friends and family visit, there are not too many nearby hikes they can all do together, he said.

The county should definitely help fund the trail, Mulholland said.

“I have friends all over the county who come and use (Eagle-Vail) resources. It’ll benefit everyone in the county,” he said.

Dale Hughes, who regularly hikes with the Vail Recreation District during the summer, said people already hike up the Eagle-Vail hillside. However, those routes are unofficial, unnamed trails that are not maintained, he said.

“This trail would be good for the community,” he said. “It would be multi-use and people are always looking for places to hike.”

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