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West Elk club gets approval for trail

NEW CASTLE – If you like to snowshoe and cross-country ski in the winter, horseback ride, hike and bike in the summer, the West Elk Multi-Use Club might be the organization for you.The small club has been successful in getting approval from the Forest Service for a Blue Diamond trail off the West Elk trailhead at the end of Buford Road and is seeking members and volunteers to help maintain it.The looped and marked non-motorized trail is about 10 miles long and is open all year. Right now, it has about a 212 to 3-foot base of snow. Dogs are allowed.”The Blue Diamond (designation) allows us to ski and keep the trails open,” said Kay Robinson, co-chairman with James Fletcher of the West Elk Multi-Use Club. “The trail is marked with stakes. But I think enough people aren’t aware of our trail system. The people who have used it, really appreciate it.”The group was given a special use permit for the trail by the Forest Service with the condition that they maintain it.”We spend about two days clearing the trail and maintaining it,” Robinson said. “And we’d like to put more trails in.”But money and manpower are needed to make that happen.The club, which is open to all ages, asks for a $10 donation to help defray the costs of the Blue Diamond trail.The public trail is accessed by following Buford Road to the end at the trailhead where there is a parking lot. The trail is located to the east.Those wishing to join the club and make a donation may send them to Yvonne Chambers, secretary/treasurer of the West Elk Multi-Use Club, 28580 Highway 6, Rifle, CO 81650 or for more information can call Chambers at 625-4429 or Robinson at 625-3663.

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