Archive for December, 2012

Hiking and cycling enthusiasts wanting to explore the woodlands around Trail had reason to celebrate as the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society opened a new section of trail above Sunningdale this past Saturday.

The new trail, which will eventually link the Sunningdale section with the Society’s Bluffs trail and Miral Heights trail overlooking Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, is the first part of a two-year project providing a safe, high-level route that will eventually cross approximately five kilometres of mountain terrain.

The trail access is on the water tower hill in upper Sunningdale. At this point the trail head is halfway up the hill at the hairpin corner but will eventually be moved to the bottom of the hill where it meets Marianna Crescent.

At the trail opening ceremony, KCTS Director, Hal Harrison, thanked the LeRoi Community Foundation President Adam Monteith for the Foundation’s role as primary funder for this project.

“On behalf of the KCTS, the community, and the fast-growing number of trail users, I’d like to thank Adam and the LeRoi board for their generosity and vision,” said Harrison.

Monteith, already a frequent user of the Sunningdale trail, described his attraction to the new route.

“It’s a great way to get different views of the area you wouldn’t normally see, all up and down the valley, looking out over the city,” Monteith said. “The number of people on the trail at any one time is amazing and it’s just opened.

The new trail, which was also partially funded by the Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives Program, gives users a chance to explore more aspects of the Columbia Valley and surrounding mountains and compliments the existing trail system surrounding Rossland.

Source: Trail Daily Times