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Posted on: May 18, 2016

Tenmile Canyon Recpath Plowed and Open for 2016 Season

Photo of a paved pathway in a forested area.

Avalanche danger has subsided on the Summit County Recpath between Frisco and Copper

Jesse Billingham, Summit County Open Space & Trails

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Tenmile Canyon portion of the Summit County Recreational Pathway System is plowed and open for the 2016 season.

The Tenmile Canyon Recpath typically opens significantly later than other stretches of the pathway system because of active avalanche threats in numerous locations throughout the canyon. Earlier this year, Summit County entered into a three-year agreement with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) to provide weekly on-site snow-safety evaluations. The County uses CAIC’s analysis to help determine when the canyon is safe for maintenance workers and the public.

“Avalanche paths above the Tenmile Recpath continue to lose snow volume and show a continuing trend toward an unlikely threat of an avalanche reaching the bike path,” CAIC reported in its most recent weekly assessment, issued on May 15.

Summit County plowed the path and removed warning signs on May 16.

“Public safety is always our paramount concern in determining when to open each section of the Recpath,” Summit County Open Space and Trails Director Brian Lorch said. “We appreciate how patient everyone has been by staying off the path in Tenmile Canyon until it was cleared.”

Although the path is open, there may still be wet and icy spots, and users may encounter workers and maintenance vehicles while on the path. Recpath users are urged to exercise caution and slow down when approaching work areas or vehicles.

For more information about the Summit County Recreational Pathway, contact the Open Space and Trails Department at 970-668-4060, or visit


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