North Lake Trail at Evergreen Lake reopens

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By Corinne Westeman

The Evergreen Lake North Trail has been reopened for public use.

The north trail has been closed since April 2016 between Upper Bear Creek Road and the Evergreen Dam because of drainage and stability issues along the trail and Highway 74.

The reopening on Thursday preceded the annual Evergreen Holiday Walk and allowed attendees to park at the Lake House and walk to the downtown area on the trail, rather than along the highway. This had been a repeated problem while the trail was closed.

Final maintenance work

Ellen O’Connor, executive director of the Evergreen Park & Recreation District, clarified that while the trail is open, staff will still be completing final maintenance work in the spring, or earlier, if the weather allows. Workers have yet to add lower topsoil and cobblestone near the bottom, and implement a vegetation plan.

O’Connor said the reopening wouldn’t have been possible without the Evergreen Metropolitan District and its executive director Dave Lighthart, whose team was essential in the repair efforts.

Both agencies will perform regular inspections on the retaining wall and trail, and the trail may be closed again temporarily if additional repairs are deemed necessary, O’Connor added.

“We’re so happy to get it back open for the community,” she said. “I’m so proud of our team and the staff, including (Park Operations Manager) Heart Cameron, who was instrumental in developing this idea.”

O’Connor stated that EPRD still needs to find a long-term solution for the mountain community’s growing trail use. This will require securing grants and other funding, and working with fellow stakeholders.

“But for now,” O’Connor said, “we’ll see how this temporary fix goes.”

Contact reporter Corinne Westeman at 303-350-1043 or cwesteman@evergreenco.com, and follow her on Twitter @cwesteman.