COPMOBA committee member Bill Harris remembers June 1, 2013 — the day when the City of Montrose started the construction of Cerro Summit’s hiking and mountain biking trails.
The new trails system allowed outdoor enthusiasts the chance to access paths close to home.
Coincidentally, exactly six years later after construction started, the Montrose Uncompahgre Trails (MUT), the local chapter of COPMOBA, is hosting the second annual MUT Trail Fest starting at 8:30 a.m. today at Cerro Summit.
The goal of the event, which is free and open to the public, is to maintain and raise awareness of the trails, Harris said. And, of course, bike riders and hikers can then enjoy those paths as well during the day, he added.
“We’ll do some trail work and then ride our bikes,” said Harris.
Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, Inc. (COPMOBA) is a non-profit organization of volunteer mountain bikers who advocate for building and maintaining sustainable singletrack mountain bike trails on the Colorado Plateau in Western Colorado, according to its website.
The Cerro Summit Recreation Area, which is about 13 minutes east of Montrose, is a 110-acre property owned and managed by the City of Montrose. Before the completion of the trail system, the area was known for its winter activities of sledding and cross-country skiing.
When Cerro Summit construction was completed in 2015 — and every early June since — COPMOBA members helped maintain the paths and then go on a bike ride, Harris said.
Cerro Summit may still fly under the radar in terms of nearby hiking choices. But the benefits of the trail system are second to none, Harris said.
The location is near Montrose and, typically, a short car ride away. The summit is also “significantly cooler” in the summertime as it’s about 2,000 feet higher in elevation compared to Montrose, Harris said.
“It’s a nice place if you want to go on a hike with your dog,” he said.
For the past couple of years, Montrose residents can help MUT as well as and ride up and down Cerro Summit during trail fest.
MUT will host a course starting from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on how to maintain trails. And then a guided tour of Cerro Summit’s trail system will be from 10 to noon. Lunch is provided around noon, Heidi’s Brooklyn Deli on the menu.
Harris said attendees can continue to ride and hike the trails after the event.
After four years of holding trails for outdoor enthusiasts, Cerro Summit is still unknown to some locals. But, Harris reiterated, this location is one of many tremendous spots in Montrose.
“It’s a nice amenity for people who live here,” he said. “... Anybody can go out there and enjoy the trail.”
Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.