Repairs to popular open space trails are complete

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The City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department today completed trail repairs near the South Mesa Trailhead, ending weekday closures at the popular access point and nearby paths.

The completion of repairs along the Mesa Trail and Shadow Canyon South trail now restores visitors’ weekday access along the entire length of the Mesa Trail from the South Mesa Trailhead to the Chautauqua Meadow. It also restores visitor use on weekdays to other popular area paths, including the Homestead Trail and Towhee trails, and restores trail connections from the South Mesa Trailhead toward Shadow Canyon, Bear Peak and South Boulder Peak.

The rebuilding of the Mesa and Shadow Canyon South trails fixed damage from the 2013 floods, helping firefighting, medical, search-and-rescue and utility vehicles regain access to the area. Its completion marks the end of OSMP’s 2017 work to complete five major trail projects to repair damage from the 2013 floods. Those projects, which included repairs along the NCAR-Bear Canyon and Chautauqua trails, required long-term closures of trails.

“Our community members have a deep connection with the land around them, and we know that our trail closures in 2017 had a significant impact on our visitors’ open space experiences,” said Jim Reeder, OSMP’s trail and facilities manager. “We appreciate our community’s and visitors’ patience during this year’s trail closures. With the opening of the Mesa and Shadow trails this week, we have completed all but one flood-related trail repair that is eligible for reimbursement from the federal government.”

In addition to completing repairs along the Mesa, Shadow Canyon, NCAR-Bear Canyon and Chautauqua trails in 2017, OSMP also repaired the South Boulder Creek West, Lower Big Bluestem and Shanahan Connector trails, along with the North and South Shanahan Fork trails. The department also installed a bridge to connect the Amphitheater Trail with the Gregory Canyon Trailhead. All of those flood-related projects are eligible for reimbursement from the federal government.

For more information about OSMP trails, please visit OSMPTrails.org or call the department at 303-441-3440.