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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Agreement would keep Verena Mallory Trail open

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An agreement has been reached to keep a popular trail open in the Hunter Creek Valley, resolving a years-long legal dispute.


The Verena Mallory trail is a singletrack alternative to the rocky Hunter Creek road for hikers, runners and bikers.

Aspen’s Open Space director Austin Weiss said the trail fits into the larger vision for recreation in the Hunter Creek Valley.

“The Verena Mallory Trail really is an important connection for all users,” he said.

But the trail is on property that was gifted to the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). In 2014, AVLT found language in the original deed that they say prohibits any trail on the property. A group called Friends of Verena Mallory filed a lawsuit, hoping to preserve the route.

Now, there’s a proposed settlement that would essentially grandfather in the trail, with the City of Aspen and Pitkin County maintaining it. AVLT will continue to own the property.

Aspen City Council considers the proposal at its meeting Monday; Pitkin County Commissioners take up the issue on Wednesday.  


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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