A new trail system being constructed by volunteers on city owned property off of Cerro Summit east of Montrose should be completed by summer’s end. The project is being coordinated with the help of bicycling enthusiast Bill Harris and a slew of volunteers, including local Rotarians. City of Montrose Community Developer Garry Baker says that once complete, the Cerro Summit Trails project will contain a series of interconnecting trails, totaling roughly 4-miles in length, for hikers, bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.
Baker says that while the city is providing the land for the new recreation area it isn’t kicking in any real dollars for the project. The parking area for visitors is located approximately a quarter mile south of Highway-50 at Cerro Summit.
Many residents are already familiar with the area as a popular snowshoe and sledding spot in the winter.
Baker adds that concerns over possible conflicts between “protector” dogs owned by sheep ranchers on the private property adjacent to the new trail system have been addressed by relocating some sections of trail and with plans to install signs at trailheads reminding users to keep their dogs under control while enjoying the area.