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From the contractor: "I hope you can get out and look at the work we did accomplish. I captured a few of the highlights in photos attached, but a lot more work was done to widen the tread, place rock retainers, steps/check dams, small walls, and drainage work".
The conservation easement for this trail was dedicated to San Miguel County from The Nature Conservancy in 2009. The 1.8 mile loop trail starts by traveling west on the Galloping Goose trail near Lawson Hill. After about a quarter mile, it branches off and crosses the San Miguel River on the first footbridge. From there, it turns into a winding single-track that follows the river down to the lower bridge. This lower bridge is an impressive suspension bridge that offers fantastic views and a picnic area on the north side. The trail then ascends through a lush aspen grove and reconnects with the Galloping Goose trail and it’s starting point.
This trail is only open to hikers and it’s a good hike for families, especially now that the more technical parts have been widened and new stairs have been put in place. It offers up-close views of mining artifacts, berry bushes in the summer, scenic overlooks, and prime fly-fishing spots. If you haven’t checked it out yet, it should definitely be on your list!