West End

West End End-of-Year Report

January 18, 2016
With the opening of the Thunder Trails system south of Norwood on USFS lands and construction underway within the Burn Canyon Area on BLM lands, the West End is seeing some long awaited singletrack love! The Thunder Trails area includes over 19 miles of stacked loop rides over rolling forested terrain along with designated dispersed campsites just 4 miles from the Town of Norwood.  
 
After six years of studies upon studies, the Paradox Trail reroute was approved for construction late in the year. COPMOBA’s West End partner, Montrose West Recreation, has applied for a $33,600 construction grant from Quick read more or view full article Colorado Parks and Wildlife for this 17-mile long project, which will include almost four miles of new, interconnecting singletrack trails, signage and a 1/2 acre trailhead area just outside the Town of Nucla. Norwood trail designer/ builder, Samantha Andrews, has been chosen to handle the project. 2016 is shaping up to be a potentially busy trail construction year here in the West End!
 
COPMOBA and the West End Bicycle Alliance (WEBA) held the Uravan Bicycle Rendezvous in June over a very hot weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Paradox Trail. With only sixteen participants, everyone came out to have a great time with road rides on Hwy 141 offered and multiple backcountry rides featuring two of our favorites, the Y-11 Trail and the Red Canyon Out n’ Back. There were even some hikers and rafters involved in the festivities which included a camp auction benefiting WEBA.
 
WEBA members have been busy mapping favorite West End rides and posting some on mtbproject.com - check them out! Currently the entire Paradox Trail is featured along with the Y-11 Trail,  Red Canyon Loop and Blue Mesa Out n’ Back.
 
Gateway members of COPMOBA and WEBA have been busy exploring local rides in this rugged and challenging region. The Lumsden Trail outside the Gateway Canyons Resort offers riders close to 10 miles of singletrack trails. Other areas include Ute Creek to the east of Gateway high above on USFS lands for those wishing a more rugged wilderness experience and so typical of West End rides.

TOTAL VOLUNTEER HOURS: 80
 
For more information about West End rides, current conditions or to become involved, visit copmoba.org or contact us at westend@copmoba.org. Read Less
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