Mt. Crested Butte Rec Path Expansion is happening right now along Gothic Road from Marcellina Lane to Winterset Drive.
The Existing Crested Butte / Mt. Crested Butte Rec Path
The “Rec” Path is a paved pedestrian/bike path that is currently a little over five miles in length that connects the town of Mt. Crested Butte to the town of Crested Butte. There was a recent expansion to the Rec path in Crested Butte from Rainbow Park to the Crested Butte Community School. Assuming you start in Crested Butte, the path winds along the east side of Gothic Road surrounded by beautiful pastures, meadows, wetlands, and vistas. The Rec Path winds up to Mt. Crested Butte to the base area of Crested Butte Mountain Resort and currently finishes at Marcellina Lane.
The path features a series of benches and interpretive plaques that provide information on the geology, history, and biology that surround the path. The plaque series was a Centennial project of the Rotary Club of Mt. Crested Butte/Crested Butte and was presented to the town as a special gift. Recently there were a number of the plaques that were replaced or repaired by the Rotary Club.
Mt. Crested Butte Rec Path Expansion from Marcellina Lane to Winterset Drive
A big thanks to the Town of Mt. Crested Butte for allocating money, resources, and the efforts to win a grant from the Colorado Division of Transportation to extend the Rec Path all the way to Winterset Drive. This is wonderful because it will keep walkers, runners and some slow bikers off of Gothic Road improving safety. This is a great amenity to our community and will benefit our visitors and Mt. Crested Butte and Crested Butte Homeowners. It is also nice that the Mountain Express free shuttle stops at Winterset Drive on the route to the Snodgrass trailhead.
Winter snow plowing of Rec Path
Town Manager Joe Fitzpatrick said: “The Goal is to have the concrete work completed this fall and to do the landscaping work next spring. Thus if the concrete is complete the Rec Path will be plowed from Winterset to the south entrance of Town.”
The path is owned and maintained by the Town of Mt. Crested Butte. In the winter, through a mutual agreement with the Crested Butte Nordic Center, the path is groomed for nordic skiing for approximately three miles. You can access the path on the north end right at the “Welcome to Mt. Crested Butte” sign and town limit. Access at the Crested Butte end is near the Crested Butte Community School.
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