Uncompahgre

Construction Continues at Cerro Summit!

July 3, 2014
Trail construction at Montrose’s Cerro Summit property resumed on June 7th when 23 volunteers showed up to build additional singletrack.  It was a clear and cool morning, but the sweat equity produced that morning warmed things up pretty quickly.  The crews built a connector trail to the upper parking lot, and extended the east loop that includes the old railroad bed.  Once the work was complete the trail crews retired to 2 Rascals Brewing Company for tacos, Colorado Boy pizza and cold beverages.  A good time was had by all.  125 volunteer hours have been dedicated to Cerro Summit Trails so far this summer.
                At the end of June a trail crew from the Western Colorado Conservation Corp. will spend a work week building more trail.  The trail crew will be financially largely by a $5000 grant from REI.  Additional funding has been raised by the Uncompahgre chapter via Quick read more or view full article private donations and business sponsorships.  A beer garden during the visit of the Bicycle Tour of Colorado on June 22nd brought in more cash for Cerro Summit Trails.  The City of Montrose has been very supportive of the trail effort contributing significant staff time to the project.
                The abundance of snow this past winter has provided a temporary challenge to future trail plans at Cerro Summit.  Wet areas not apparent during dry years showed themselves this summer.  Planned routes had to be adjusted to avoid the wet areas, but additional exploration revealed some neat, fun terrain. 
Cerro Summit sits east of Montrose at 8,000 feet.  The property supports a well-established mountain shrub community and is wooded with scrub oak.   The 100 acre property is teeming with wildlife.  The trails built last summer are been used by elk and deer and the place is a birder’s paradise.  On a recent trail recon trip bear sign was noted.
                The plan is to have 3 distinct loops completed, amounting to 3 miles of trail, by summer’s end.  A trail naming contest is planned for July, and another trail work day is scheduled for August 10th.  You can sign up for the trail work day at COPMOBA’s web site.     
                  
                  
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Posted by Bill Harris
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