Leadville Recreation News
Mineral Belt Trail to Expand with New Loops
This Saturday morning at 8 a.m. (sharp), there will be a public walking tour of the proposed two new loops on the Mineral Belt Trail (MBT). The tour will meet at the Martin Bridge (7th Street). According to MBT Committee member Howard Tritz, the two new proposed loops are both up on the east side.Mineral Belt Trail will be adding new loops.
The first would be about a 2-mile loop west of the Matchless Mine area, off 7th Street. The second proposed loop would be about a four-mile loop on Carbonate Hill. The plans are in the early stages and an official map is not available yet.
Both of the trail loops would use old railroad spurs. As Tritz explains, the main railroad would have been on the Mineral Belt Trail, then spurs would shoot off and go to different mines. Today they’re railroad right of ways, owned by the county, except maybe a sliver or two that will have to be worked out with private property owners.
“We’re going to flag it out and hopefully the ground work gets done next summer, which will be the grading, the gravel and eventually the road base by the end of next summer,” explains Tritz. The MBT committee’s hope is that most of that work will come in-kind by the county. However, they continue to fundraise and actively seek grant monies.
“Our hope is to have those loops paved by the end of 2015,” stated Tritz.
Of course, the MBT Committee is an advisory board to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, and are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donation can be made HERE.
So, make note of this Saturday’s walk-about for the two loops, and stay tuned to Leadville Today for more information, including maps when available.The Phylis Hakala MBT Fall Tour is Thursday, Sept. 26. Photo: Ann Penniston.
In other MBT news, The Phylis Hakala MBT Fall Tour will happen on Thursday, Sept. 26. This special tour is open to those individuals who do not wish to walk or bike the trail. Once a year since the MBT was established in 2000, the county lets a caravan of motorized vehicles on the trail during the fall foliage season, allowing senior citizens and those people with physical challenges, the opportunity to observe the spectacular scenery. Participants will be riding in selected vans. Contact Loretta at the Senior Center to make a reservation: 719- 486-1774.