Summit County Giving Briefs: Hike Kokomo Pass with the Vet Voice Foundation |

Summit County Giving Briefs: Hike Kokomo Pass with the Vet Voice Foundation

Registration is open for a free hike up Kokomo Pass with the Vet Voice Foundation, Wilderness Workshop and Conservation Colorado.
Courtesy of Wilderness Workshop |

Free Kokomo Pass hike with Vet Voice Foundation

Join a free hike to Kokomo pass above Camp Hale this Saturday, July 30. This beautiful high alpine valley was recently proposed by Senator Michael Bennet as a National Historic Landscape because of its monumental contribution to the armed forces and to the ski industry in the United States. Camp Hale was the training ground for the famed 10th Mountain Division of ski troopers during WWII.

Iraqi war veteran and Vet Voice Foundation area director Garett Reppenhagen will lead this hike, along with Wilderness Workshop and Conservation Colorado representatives. Vet Voice Foundation is an advocacy group for veterans who want to be involved in key civic issues like wilderness protection.

Hikers will use the Colorado Trail #2109 to reach Kokomo Pass from Camp Hale. The 5.76-mile (one way) trail has a total elevation gain of 2,760 feet. The trail begins in the Pando Valley, climbing up a steep canyon for 2.5 miles to an abandoned sawmill site. From there, the trail gains elevation along three switchbacks to an alpine meadow before ascending up a steep ravine to Kokomo Pass.

Overnight Option

Hikers are invited to make it an overnight, finding a suitable group spot once on the trail, or hike on Saturday, July 30 only. If you’d like to camp and need gear please send an email directly to

The hike is free but hikers must register online. The group is limited to just 15 people.

FOLBR hosts annual community gathering

Friends of the Lower Blue River is hosting their annual community gathering at Slate Creek Hall this Sunday, July 31.

The meeting will feature a presentation from Colorado Parks and Wildlife covering important wildlife issues and updates, a barbecue lunch provided by Arapahoe Café, music by Randall McKinnon and an annual report presentation by FOLBR.

FOLBR’s mission is to sustain and protect traditional agricultural character, promote the safety of the residents, livestock and wildlife, and maintain the environmental integrity of the Lower Blue River Valley through collaboration, education and community involvement.

Colorado Realtor Foundation announces housing grants

The Colorado Realtor Foundation announced its grant recipients for 2016, donating a total of $50,000 to nonprofit housing organizations throughout Colorado. Grantees include the Denver Coalition for the Homeless, Project Hope in Glenwood Springs and the Salvation Army in Telluride.

Since the grant making process begin in 1993, Colorado Realtors have given $7.6 million to local Colorado nonprofits to help ensure communities have safe and affordable housing, education on home ownership and disaster relief.

— Compiled by Elise Reuter

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