Trails plan aims to put Silverton on map for mountain biking: Proposed system calls for 30 miles of new routes; seen as economic boon.

By Jonathan Romeo

“In the hopes of making Silverton a mountain biking destination, a new plan has been released that proposes nearly 30 miles of trails, mostly geared toward mountain biking, just outside the small town in the San Juan Mountains.

‘As trails are developed and mileage increases, visitation from residents and regional trail users will increase,’ the conceptual plan says.

Called ‘Baker’s Park,’ the trails plan is a creation of the Silverton Singletrack Society and the International Mountain Biking Association, an advocacy group for mountain biking. The Silverton Singletrack Society is a regional chapter of the IMBA.

Of the roughly 30 miles of trail, the plan proposes about 24 miles for shared use between mountain bikers and hikers. About 6 miles would be one-way trails specifically for mountain biking. Trails would cover beginner to advanced terrain.”

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