The Glassier Steering Committee will meet Wednesday, May 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Basalt Town Hall. RFMBA is a member of this community based committee that is working to create a management plan for newly acquired open space parcels. The land is located in El Jebel along Hooks Spur Lane. The Rio Grande bike path runs through the portion of the property closest to the Roaring Fork River. The property and this process present a critical opportunity for the mountain bike community by providing direct access to the adjacent BLM land of the Crown.
While your interests will be represented by RFMBA at this meeting, the gathering is a public forum and all mountain bikers are encouraged to attend and speak in support of mountain bike access through the property to the BLM Crown lands. This access point will be highly valued by locals who live in the Basalt and El Jebel area.
With the likely development of 12-15 miles of new trail on the Crown projected by the BLM during coming years, this connection will ensure high quality recreation for area residents. Our intention is that this process to create a management plan for the Glassier Open Space will clear the path for creation of a new singletrack trail that will twist its way along the steep cliffs on the southwest of the property. This trail will be much less steep than the existing ranching road shown on the below map, and will become a highly valued local destination. The lower elevation lands of the property are currently focused on continued or improved agricultural use.
The topic of discussion at this particular meeting will be recreation, following a recap on agriculture and brief presentations by representatives of RFTA (regarding the adjacent Rio Grande Trail), BLM and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Once again there will be pizza. Please provide your own beverage or bring 75 cents in exact change if you want to make a purchase from the Town Hall soda machine.