Summer trail projects and volunteer opportunities |

Summer trail projects and volunteer opportunities


Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness has put together three ways to give something back to our community for the summer hiking season. • June 17 – Gateways Project: Volunteers will fan out to a variety of trailheads in Summit County to clear deadfall, repair trail signage and do erosion control depending on need and snow conditions. Minimal hiking and a wide range of options are available.• July 16 – Surprise Lake Trail upper portion: This popular trail in the Cataract Lake area needs extensive erosion and drainage improvements on the upper portions. Volunteers, with the help of Forest Service personnel, will install water bars and small diversion ditches along the trail. This will require a 2- to 4-mile hike up a moderate incline to the work area.• Aug. 19 – South Willow Creek wetlands: We will improve the unnamed trail connecting the Gore Range Trail along South Willow Creek with the Buffalo Mountain Trail. This trail needs significant improvement to pass over large, boggy areas that are currently being damaged. The hike in is less then 3 miles and begins at the Ryan Gulch Trailhead but requires negotiation of a steep, rocky area for a 400 foot descent (ascent on the way out).All trail events begin at the Dillon Ranger Station in Silverthorne at 8 a.m. (on Highway 9 north of I-70 on the east side of the road). We will serve a light breakfast of coffee, bagels and juice at 8 a.m. and end each day with refreshments and a tailgate party. Volunteers should come prepared for a day on the trails with hiking boots, water, lunch, raingear, long pants and gloves. Children under 18 are welcome with adult supervision. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are also welcome.For questions or to R.S.V.P., call Jonathan Kriegel at (970) 262-2399, or e-mail A limited number of spaces are available.

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