S9: Teller Farm South to Dry Creek
Connector: Teller Farm to Dry Creek 3mi
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Pedestrians may cross Arapahoe and climb over a gate into a cattle pasture. Continue south across the pasture (you can walk on access roads most of the time). Just across the south fence line for this pasture is the railroad track. Cross the track and the fence on the other side, then turn right (west) to walk parallel to the track on Open Space property. After about 1 mile you will reach 75th St.
Crossing 75th, Open Space property continues on the other side. Head generally southwest through the pasture for about 1 mile. You will have to cross a couple of interior fences. You are heading towards a cream-colored building and a large green generator that are on Baseline Rd just across from the Dry Creek Trailhead.
There are large segments of new trail needed in this section. These are not currently planned. However, these connections were highlighted and “Priority Trails” in the 2005 Visitor Master Plan. While all the land is owned by Open Space and Mountain Parks, challenges will be safe crossings of Arapahoe Rd, 75th St and Baseline Rd, and negotiating a crossing of the railroad track which is owned by BNSF.
OSMP plans to build a trail around the north side of Baseline Reservoir as part of the East Trail Study Area Plan, but the time frame for that is still many years off.
[box type=”note”]An official connection is needed, but not currently planned.[/box]
The Trail Around Boulder is a 37 mile loop trail encircling the City of Boulder, Colorado, all on dirt. It passes through a wide variety of landscape and wildlife habitat, giving visitors a great tour of the ecological diversity of this beautiful area.
The Trail Around Boulder utilizes mostly existing trails, with only 7 new trail miles needed to complete the loop. Virtually all the connections are either already planned for construction, trivial to complete, or have been planned for many years but never built. Apart from road crossings and one railroad crossing, all the land needed to complete the Trail Around Boulder is already owned by the City.
The Trail Around Boulder is being promoted by the Boulder Area Trails Coalition, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes environmentally responsible, multi-use trails for everyone: hikers, runners, equestrians, mountain bikers, dog walkers, bird watchers, climbers, and YOU!
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