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WORCA's bid to create a mountain bike trail up Sproatt into the high alpine is further along. The Trails Planning Working Group has presented their plans to the Forest and Wildlands Advisory Committee and Recreational and Leisure Advisory Committee for feedback, the recreation tenure holder (Canadian Wilderness Adventures), and to Recreation Sites and Trails BC. In the near future the proposal will go to First Nations and Whistler Council for approvals and to the public as well.
Mann cautioned that the project would only go ahead after consulting with all of the stakeholders in the community and convincing the community that bikes and hikers can coexist on trails.
It will probably take at least three years to have the approvals in place and build the trail, she added. The only major item on the list this year is to flag a bike trail route in the alpine and do some mapping work to give stakeholders a better sense of what's being planned.
Hiking trails to get a facelift
Alistair McCrone, the recreation officer for the Sea to Sky Recreation District, said the slate of work on Crown land this summer includes continued upgrades to the Brandywine Meadows Trail and the Rainbow Hiking Trail for the Whistler area.
The hiking community, represented by the Whistler Hiking Trails Task Force, Alpine Club of Canada and others, has been pushing for better access to trails on resource roads, more money for maintenance of trails both inside and outside of provincial parks, and for the construction of signature trails that would draw visitors to the region.
The Spearhead Huts Project, which is supported by the Alpine Club of Canada (Whistler and Vancouver sections), the BC Mountaineering Club and others, has put forward a proposal to build a hut system and new all-season trail network along the Spearhead Traverse that is expected to be included in the upcoming update to the Garibaldi Park Management Plan.
Crone said all of the projects are being done in cooperation with different groups, and his office is responsible for authorizing the work. "There's quite a bit happening," he said.
None of the trail projects proposed for Garibaldi Park through the Draft Management Plan update process, which is expected to be complete in April, are included in Crone's assessment for the year's trail work.
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