A new all-terrain vehicle trail, being built through the cooperative efforts of government agencies and volunteers, will provide access to the Beaver Mountain.
Volunteers and U.S. Forest Service and Utah Division of Parks and Recreation personnel are combining their efforts to upgrade a trail along one that was originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. That trail deteriorated through the years, and was used principally as a cattle trail.Now it is being widened and improved to accommodate ATVs. It will afford the four-wheel riders access to the mountain, where they can legally ride their vehicles, said District Forest Ranger Darwin Jensen.
The trail begins north of the Circleville Cemetery. It winds through Wade Canyon to Cottonwood Canyon, and then to Betenson Flat. Numerous roads are open to ATV use from the flat.
The project was launched after local residents approached the Forest Service with the idea that an ATV road would be beneficial to forest users and would eliminate towing vehicles onto the mountain. Jensen agreed, and began to work on agreements with those who had an interest in the trail and the project.
More volunteers rallied to the cause, working on the trail during evenings and on weekends. Additional help was provided when five youths who were employed at the Otter Creek State Park were assigned to work on the trail by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.
Jensen said most of the work entails widening the trail, cutting trees and clearing foliage.