The Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Plan, adopted by the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 19, 2018, sets out a vision for a trail running the length of the Crystal River Valley, between Carbondale at the McClure Pass summit, connecting with a trail system in Gunnison County between the pass and Crested Butte.
Plan adoption followed two years of planning and involvement by the public and partner organizations.
The plan establishes a soft-surface path between Redstone and the top of McClure Pass as the first phase, with planning starting in 2019. Future phases, for trail segments between the current terminus of the existing Crystal Trail and Redstone, are addressed in the plan, with recommended alignments in some sections and no recommended alignment in others. In all, the potential routes in the Crystal Valley are divided into 20 segments; most have an on-highway alternative and most also have an off-highway alternative.
The plan also outlines various biodiversity and riparian projects intended to enhance wildlife habitat and restore riparian areas along the Crystal River.