New Trail System Just this summer, volunteers from Colorado Addicted Trail Builders Society (CATS) completed a new natural-surface trail connection called the Hidden Hogback Trail. People had long climbed to the top of Mariana Butte, but the steep terrain was unsafe and caused significant erosion and damage to the surrounding vegetation. The new trail provides public access to the north of Mariana Butte, along the hogback and Big Thompson River to Rossum Drive. This trail offers the community a new, unique experience and incredible views of the Mariana Butte Golf Course and surrounding area. The Mariana Butte Trail System, including the new Hidden Hogback trail were constructed over the last two years and provide more than 1.25 miles of naturalsurface hiking trails with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and incredible panoramic views. The trail is open daily from sunrise to sunset. To best preserve the landscape, hiking is limited to the established trail and bikes are prohibited. Parking, restrooms and concessions are available at the Mariana Butte Clubhouse. Find details at cityofloveland.org/OpenLands. The new sustainable trails have been constructed 100 percent by volunteers. They worked tirelessly for the last two years dedicating more than 1000 volunteer hours on the Mariana Butte trail system. The trails were designed to mitigate concerns that the trail may have a negative impact on the golf experience at Mariana Butte Golf Course. Utilizing national design practices for trails on golf courses, the trail capitalizes on available natural features adjacent to the golf course, while minimizing where the trail crosses active golf course zones. At no point does the trail cross a golf course green or in front of a tee box. Signage and fencing assure that golfers are aware of the trail and hikers are informed to pay attention in active golf zones. The Colorado Addicted Trail Builders Society (CATS) Loveland/Fort Collins Chapter is a non-profit organization dedicated to trail construction in Northern Colorado. Volunteers provide quality work at public sites at no cost. CATS welcomes new volunteers and provides training. More information at trailcats.org. Brad Shannon lives in west Loveland and provides communications services to a variety of clients from his office in downtown Loveland.
Published on Aug 31, 2017