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2012-09-16 16:17:20
Happy Trails in Park City

The Synderville Basin Special Recreation District (SBSRD) is blazing a trail with new trailheads planned for the Olympic Parkway Trail and the end of Highland Drive, which serves the Silver Quinn Trail and the Round Valley trail system.

If the trails pass the SBSRD vote at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at 5715 Trailside Drive, both should be completed by winter.

'Round Valley is probably busier in the winter than it is in the summer with the grooming program,' SBSRD spokeswoman Bonnie Park said. 'Round Valley serves skiers, snowshoers, runners, hikers, dog walkers and winter bikers.'

The Olympic Parkway Trail is a Nordic 5K loop that opened last year for cross-country skiers, thanks to an open space purchase at Kimball Junction.

'So once that acquisition was done, we improved this Nordic loop. Now the idea is to get the trailhead in to the Nordic skiers this winter,' Park said.

The trailhead at the Olympic Parkway Trail was partially built late last year with a temporary use permit.

'People drive pretty quickly along the Olympic Parkway, so it was dangerous for people to park along the road,' Park said. 'We were lucky the winter was late last year so we could even get the temporary parking lot.'

But now the SBSRD is hoping to finish the trailhead, to reorient it and make it bigger, as well as add one or two frills.

'Sometimes the trailheads are more than a parking lot,' Park said. 'In the case of these two lots, it is pretty much just parking, trailhead, a map board, directional signage and mutt mitt stations (used for picking up dog waste) - pretty minimal as far at the resources go.'

There is currently no trailhead at the end of Highland Drive and people are parking along the road to access it.

'I think people who use it recognize the need for it and not have people parking along the road,' Park said.

The Highland Drive trailhead, if approved, will be located south of the Sun Meadow subdivision at the Mountain Regional pump station. The Nordic 5k is on the north side of Olympic Parkway in the Kimball Junction Open Space below the UOP at the lower edge of the aspen forest.


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