Forest Service approves Bonneville connector trail

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OGDEN — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a connector segment of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, meaning Weber County will now have 27 miles of continuous trail.

The 5.5-mile Connector Trail section begins just south of One Horse Canyon near 2100 North, switchbacks toward Coldwater Canyon to stay above private land, then continues downhill to North Ogden Canyon. The U.S. Forest Service gave final approval for the trail on Sept. 16.

“I can see downhillers shuttling this thing,” said Rod Kramer, outreach coordinator with Weber Pathways. “If you come at it from the north, there isn’t much climbing and the descent is going to be outrageously fun.”

The Connector Trail makes Weber County home to the longest uninterrupted section of Bonneville Shoreline trail in the state. Staff at Weber Pathways began the approval process for the section in February of last year, after realizing they could bypass private land by extending the trail above the natural shoreline through Forest Service land.

Work on the trail is expected to begin later this month, and the entire cost of the project is estimated at $200,000. Funding comes from RAMP grants and matching funds from money donations and in-kind labor. Barring bad weather, the entire project should take about six weeks to complete.

Around 85 percent of the trail will be by a professional contractor due to the steep grade of the trail, but Kramer said Weber Pathways is looking for volunteers to help with a one-mile section. Those interested in helping with trail work can look for updates at http://www.meetup.com/Weber-County-Trail-Construction-and-Maintenance/.