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Photo submitted Ace Brown, points out the view from the County Line overlook, a feature of the new trail, to Chris Davis.

With community volunteers, a new hiking/biking trail will be built near the County Line cross-country ski area on Grand Mesa.

A trail build day is scheduled for what is expected to be a colorful day, Sept. 19. Volunteers should meet at the marked County Line trailhead, just off Highway 65 on Grand Mesa at 9 a.m.

The new, non-motorized trail has been planned and approved by the U.S. Forest Service, and COPMOBA, with the Delta Chapter, Delta Area Mountain Bikers (DAMB), charged with leading its construction. Already, DAMB members have put in dozens of hours, designing the layout, clearing corridors and cutting log barriers. Alan "Ace" Brown of Cedaredge has led the project, coordinating the agency approval and working with other COPMOBA members to make the trail a reality.

The new trail is expected to be rated "easy to moderate" for both hikers and bikers, with only a few short climbs, and only a few short rocky sections. The present trailhead is paved, with restrooms available on site. As a loop, the trail will be approximately seven miles long. Users can also hike or bike partway, then back to the trailhead. A lovely overlook of Island Lake and Delta County is a reward for a short hike or ride of fewer than three miles.

DAMB and COPMOBA will provide tools for volunteers, but participants should bring work gloves and sturdy shoes, along with a sack lunch and water. An after-build social event will follow.

Hikers and bikers are especially invited to participate, so that you can become acquainted with the trail. However, everyone is welcome to help. For further information, visit the DAMBikers Facebook page, or contact Ace Brown at 210-6006.

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