A mountain biker heads down the new Grandstaff Trail on Red Mountain on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Concerns have been raised about the mix of bikers and hikers on the criss-crossing trails that now exist in the mountain park area on the west flank of Glenwood Springs.

Chelsea Self, Post IndependentA mountain biker heads down the new Grandstaff Trail on Red Mountain on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Concerns have been raised about the mix of bikers and hikers on the criss-crossing trails that now exist in the mountain park area on the west flank of Glenwood Springs.

After getting complaints about user conflicts on the newly-completed Grandstaff Trail on Glenwood’s Red Mountain, officials are making changes to improve safety.

Mike Pritchard, executive director for the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, which worked with the city to spearhead the new trail project over the summer, said preventing conflicts between users is a chief objective.

Signs were installed listing trail names and advising users of some basic rules, including yielding to uphill traffic, showing courtesy to hikers, runners and dog walkers by slowing down, and being extra careful at trail intersections.

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In addition, Lower Grandstaff is now designated for downhill traffic only, he said.

The winding, roughly half-mile final descent is near the city water plant where the Red Mountain ski hill was located decades ago. It provides a thrilling close to the ride for …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

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