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New trail provides connection between Silverthorne, Wildernest and Mesa Cortina
Contact: Michael Wurzel, Summit County Open Space & Trails, 970-668-4065
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County residents and visitors can take advantage of a new trail, thanks to a partnership among Summit County, the Town of Silverthorne and Rocky Mountain Youth Corp. The three organizations joined together to construct the 1.44-mile Cortina Trail between Silverthorne and the neighborhoods of Wildernest and Mesa Cortina.
The new trail enhances opportunities for outdoor recreation and connectivity in the area. Allowed uses on the trail include hiking, mountain biking and other non-motorized recreation.
Summit County Open Space & Trails staff, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps members and local volunteers built the Cortina Trail over a four-week period during the summer. It extends from Third Street in Silverthorne to Silverheels Drive in Wildernest through multiple public open space properties, providing a connection from the town to county neighborhoods and a vast network of U.S. Forest Service trails and lands, including the Salt Lick trails and Eagles Nest Wilderness. Hikers and mountain bikers can access the trail via portals on Silverheels Drive in Wildernest and Third Street in Silverthorne. Parking is not available at these portals.
“People can now hike or bike between these three communities,” Summit County Resource Specialist Michael Wurzel said. “This long-envisioned trail connection bolsters the world-class recreational amenities available to Summit County residents and visitors.”
Many stakeholders were involved in the project. The trail crosses open space properties acquired and protected by Summit County and the Town of Silverthorne. The Continental Divide Land Trust, Buffalo Mountain Metro District, Cortina Property Owners Association and Town of Silverthorne SPORT Committee provided critical input to the trail design process, ensuring the construction of a safe and sustainable trail that protects natural resources, like wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Users are encouraged to be respectful and courteous to one another on the multiuse trail and to use proper etiquette, including packing out all trash. Dogs are required to be leashed when on the trail, and motorized uses are not allowed. Pet owners are required by law to pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly in a trash receptacle. Mountain bikes are prohibited on the Cortina Trail west of Silverheels Drive, as the trail provides access to the Eagles Nest Wilderness, where mechanized uses are prohibited.
For more information on the Summit County Open Space and Trails Program, visit the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department at SummitCountyCO.gov/OpenSpace, or call Michael Wurzel at 970-668-4065.