Volunteers tackle Colorado Trail | SummitDaily.com

Volunteers tackle Colorado Trail

COPPER MOUNTAIN – A series of events beginning 20 years ago conspired to bring George Miller to Ten Mile Canyon. He remembers reading a Rocky Mountain News article, “The Trail to Nowhere,” about the uncertain future of the intermittent Colorado Trail. He continued reading as then-governor Roy Romer took up the cause of the historic footpath. Then, as Miller neared retirement, he decided to buy a guidebook of the state’s trails – something to use when he had more time to get outdoors. And there it was, tucked inside the book: A postage-paid volunteer card from the Colorado Trail Foundation. “I’ve been involved with the foundation since then, about 1990,” Miller said Saturday near his campsite at the south end of Copper Mountain’s Corn parking lot. “I was president awhile, equipment guy, crew leader – it doesn’t take much to get involved. If you show interest, you’ll get signed up.” Miller organizes volunteers as part of a project to complete the Colorado Trail. The trail stretches more than 500 miles, spanning eight mountian ranges, seven national forests, six wilderness areas and five river basins, from Denver to Durango. The foundation maintains the trail. For 26 years, volunteers have camped along the trail, relocating sections and improving others. The foundation coordinates week-long crew projects throughout the summer, as well as weekend projects. The project attracts a variety of volunteers. There were couples, families, retirees, twenty-somethings and members of affiliate foundations, such as the Colorado Mountain Club. In all, about 40 turned out to lend a hand – and a strong back.

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