January 30, 2024
Vivienne Jannatpour, (303) 678-6277
The Coalton Trail and Trailhead to open Thursday, Feb. 1
The entire trail system in this area will now be open.
Boulder County, Colo. - The Coalton Trail and the Coalton Trailhead will reopen on Thursday, Feb 1, at sunrise. The entire trail system in this area will now be open.
The trail was closed for improvements for the last few months. Crews realigned the trail to help minimize the steep grades on the hillside. The trail remains within the fenced in corridor which did not allow for turns or switchbacks.
Additional drainage structures were added and the trail was surfaced with recycled asphalt. Recycled asphalt is a more durable material that helps stabilize the trail surface, minimize erosion, provides a smooth and more enjoyable trail surface, and minimizes future maintenance needs. The trail was narrowed to approximately 10 feet wide which meets the growing needs of this important regional trail and better accommodates multiple types of trail visitors.
Alternative trail routes had been evaluated and were determined to be too disruptive to the sensitive surrounding grasslands and associated wildlife species. The decision was made to keep the trail within the fenced in corridor and to design improvements that made it more sustainable, less prone to erosion, and safer for visitors.