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Date Friday  8/18/2017
End Date Sunday  8/20/2017
Group State CMC
Event Title Mt. Elbert Trail Maintenance and Restoration
Start Time 12:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader Jeremy Aaron
Co-Leader Noah Hirsch
Member Price Free
Non-member Price Free
Available Participants 12
Type Trip
Trip Type Stewardship
Classification Moderate 
Trail Mileage 4
Elevation Gain
Driving Distance



We will be building the newly designed East Ridge Trail on Mount Elbert. From U.S. 24 south of Leadville, take Colorado 82 west toward Twin Lakes. Drive about 4 miles and turn right onto the 24 road. Drive 1.2 miles up a hill to the main trailhead parking area (paved) on the left. This is the lower trailhead and we will meet here. DO NOT GO TO THE UPPER TRAILHEAD.

Please meet on Friday, August 18th at 3:00 PM. Volunteers will make the 2-mile hike between 3 and 5 PM. In order to keep everyone safe all volunteers and staff need to get to camp and set up well before dark. Please arrive on time.

For more info Contact

CMC Stewardship Team-


This weekend trip involves a collaborative effort between the Colorado Mountain Club, The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and the San Isabel National Forest to help launch the National Forest Foundations "Find Your Fourteener Initiative". Mt Elbert, being Colorado's tallest peak at 14,438 feet, is one of the most accessible and popular of the states Fourteeners and has suffered much erosion and damage to the unique and sensitive trailside habitat. This volunteer effort will address the impacts on the mountain by working on a few heavily eroded areas above and below treeline. The work may include closing social trails, creating rock and plank retaining walls/steps, adding soil fill, and transplanting local vegetation. Tools, personal protective equipment and meals will be provided by CMC and partner organizations. 



Most mountain hikers and climbers know what to bring for a trip to the high peaks. However, even the most experienced find lists useful:

  • Food. Meals will be provided on Saturday (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and Sunday (breakfast, lunch). Please plan to bring or have eaten your own dinner on Friday, August 18th when you arrive. You should plan on bringing any specific snacks that you like to have between the meals. CMC will attempt to purchase foods to meet any specific dietary needs/preferences that you gave on your online registration form – if there are additional things we should know about (allergies, intolerances, etc), please contact us as soon as possible so we can make any adjustments to our food plan!

  • Water and bottles/hydration bags. Bring enough bottles for at least 3-5 liters per day.  Be prepared at the meet-up point with at least 2-3 liters for the hike in.

  • Cooking/Eating supplies. We will provide stoves, pots, pans and fuel. You will need to bring your own plate/bowl, eating utensils, and mug. Please bring a knife.

  • Sturdy hiking bootsFull-ankle boots are needed. Sandals or other shoes that expose the foot or ankle are not allowed for trailwork.

  • Leather work gloves. CMC will have some available for your use if you don’t have them.

  • Durable work clothes that will protect you from abrasion and that you won’t mind getting dirty/scuffed. Long pants are required. Non-cotton clothing is best for inclement weather

  • Warm clothing! Mountain weather is notoriously changeable, and it can snow any month of the summer. Include long underwear tops and bottoms, pants, warm hat, gloves, and several upper-body layers (wool, silk, or synthetic are best, not cotton).

  • Rain jacket and pants.  Coated nylon or rubberized fabrics will work. Most people find waterproof- breathable clothing more comfortable.

  • Tent, Sleeping bag and sleeping pad.  Your sleeping bag should be rated to around 20 degrees F, depending on your physiology and/ or sleeping preferences. &


    To learn more about the CMC Stewardship Crew visit

    To learn more about the Find your Fourteener Initiative visit

    Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.