New Kikel Trail Talks

Kikel preserved acres

Discussions have begun with the Kochevar Trails Coalition with the Crested Butte Land Trust leading the charge to connect the new Lupine Trail on the Kochevar Parcel with the Kikel Parcel with a new trail.  The new trail would link the Lupine Trail through Kikel to meet the Slate River Road near the Gunsight Bridge Parcel.  This new trail would eliminate user needs to hike or bike through the current exit route of the Lupine Trail that runs down a county road and through a considerable amount of gates.  It would also provide a more direct route for connecting with the Gunsight Bridge and Lower Loop trails.  Consideration is being made to make the trail wide enough for adaptive users.

Construction on the new trail will most likely begin in the spring and summer of 2012.

1% for Open Space helped fund the Kochevar Parcel in 2010 with the Town of Crested Butte, the Kikel Parcel in 2006 with the Crested Butte Land Trust, the Gunsight Bridge Parcel with the Crested Butte Land Trust in 2002, and the Lower Loop with the Crested Butte Land Trust in 1998 and 1999.

The Kochevar Trail Coalition is a consortium of non-profits and governmental entities focused on providing open space and trail amenities to the community. The group consists of 1% for Open Space, Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association, Town of Crested Butte Planning Department, Town of Crested Butte Parks and Recreation Department, Town of Crested Butte Town Council, Crested Butte Land Trust, Gunnison County Trails Commission, Gunnison County Land Preservation Board, Elk Mountain Hikers Club, Adaptive Sports of Crested Butte and Gunnison County Commissioners



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