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Date Saturday  8/12/2017
End Date Saturday  8/12/2017
Group Denver
Event Title One Day Trail Crew Work Project on the Colorado Trail near Copper Mountain
Start Time 6:30 AM
Status Complete
Leader Dave Callais
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 3
Type Trip
Trip Type Stewardship
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 6
Elevation Gain 1000
Driving Distance 160

Location

Our meeting location for the trail work project will be at the Woolly Mammoth parking lot in (Section HH).



For more info Contact

For additional information regarding this trail work project, the leader can be contacted via email or by calling: 303-237-3726. No calls please after 8:30 PM. Thanks.



Details

Okay everyone, this is your chance to finally give back to the trail system which we hike and backpack pretty much every day. If you've always wanted to try some trail work or if you have had an opportunity to do some in the past and want to a little more, then this project I'm presently planning might be what the doctor ordered for you. The plan is to repair a section of very wet trail (usually muddy in the spring) so that users of the Colorado Trail will still use the trail and not go around the wet area. I think you all know what I'm getting at because we all have done it in the past when we didn't want to walk through the mud or water. The plan will be to build a turnpike which in laymans terms is a raised structure over the muddy area. More detail about the project will be explained at the work site.



Here's a little about me. After having backpacked the entire Colorado Trail 9 years ago, I decided after I'd finished to adopt a section of the Colorado Trail. I'm responsible for maintaining, repairing, rebuilding, cleaning up the trash, marking the trail and removing the downed timber along my 5 1/2 mile adopted stretch of the trail from the Copper Mountain boundary to Searle Pass. It's definitely a lot of responsibility for just one person. This is why I'm always asking for any help I can get. Plus, it's a great opportunity for some of you to volunteer a little of your time and give back to the trail system.



That being said, this is a great opportunity to not only volunteer your time to improve a section of trail, but an opportunity to see just what actually goes into trail building, ultimately giving you a much better appreciation of the work involved. Also keep in mind that anyone can do trail work. There are plenty of jobs for all involved and NO experience is necessary! You will be trained as to safety and how to use each and every tool. If you want to work extra hard, you can or if you prefer to try a little light duty work, you can do that as well. So whatever you feel you can do is greatly appreciated because doing the work by myself is just not possible. So I hope you'll join me and many others in maintaining this small section of the Colorado Trail!



To get to the work location, once we leave the vehicles, we'll hike on a small side trail over to the Colorado Trail and then follow it up the Guller Creek drainage to a location along Guller Creek where the trail project will take place. The exact distance and elevation gain is not known for sure, but once I've had a chance to scout the trail this July, I'll have a much better idea of the exact distance and elevation gain. Six miles (round trip) and 1,000' of elevation gain is a good estimate!




Notes

No experience in trail building is necessary!

All work tools will be supplied by the leader and the Colorado Trail Foundation (CTF).

A short safety talk and the correct use of all the tools will take place before leaving for the work site.

Long pants, work gloves and eye protection (sun glasses) are required!

One should treat this day as any other short hike in the CMC with a little bit of trail work thrown into the mix.

One should also expect to spend the entire day out, leaving the work site at approximately 3:00 PM before getting back to the vehicles.

And finally, I'll have at my vehicle some beer, soft drinks and munchies for everyone at the end of the day. It's just another way for me to thank all of you for helping me to maintain my adopted section of the Colorado Trail!