A chance to give back to trails
BRECKENRIDGE -With trail care and maintenance on the forefront of many locals’ minds, leaping at labor opportunities can be the next step.The Friends of Breckenridge Trails, a nonprofit group dedicated to the building, maintenance and stewardship of Breckenridge trails, in conjunction with local governing bodies such as Breckenridge and Summit County Open Space and vested interest groups such as the Summit Fat Tire Society and Maverick Sports Promotions, is recruiting volunteers for a big project Saturday.The group will build singletrack on a mile stretch of what was previously known as the East Moonstone Trail (and fleetingly referred to as the Australia Gulch Trail).Because the trail is located on Barney Ford Hill, the Breckenridge Open Space and Trails department settled on the Barney Ford Trail as its new official name. The West Moonstone Trail will henceforth be known as just the Moonstone Trail.The section targeted for Saturday’s building project will run from County Road 503 -from the end of the (West) Moonstone Trail -eastward. Volunteers will delineate and install a singletrack on top of the existing easement road. The Barney Ford Trail connects Breckenridge with the backcountry near the Sally Barber Mine, and the project is a chance for trail users to reward themselves with the accomplishment of building something they and many others will use for years to come.”It’s more or less for people to give back for something they use a lot of,” said Danica Rice, trail planner with Breckenridge Open Space and president of Friends of Breck Trails. “People in this town pretty much get out on the trails every day. People are sensitive because the trails mean a lot to them. They’re the essence of their summer existence here.”Teen-agers from the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps worked on the Barney Ford Trail last month, and Friends of Breck Trails has made a habit of introducing young people to the basics of trail stewardship.”There was a kids camp of 6- and 7-year-olds at the Breckenridge Recreation Center that were out last week with little clippers and saws, and they just loved it,” Rice said. “Last summer, I had a group of Boy Scouts come out. They were moving rocks and getting dirty and learning about what it takes to build trails. Adults are like big kids – they like to get dirty, too.”The goal is to complete the trail by the Fall Classic Stage mountain bike race Sept. 6-7.”I always have a good experience at these projects,” Rice said. “You meet people and get a big sense of accomplishment. There’s nothing worse than walking on a crummy trail knowing there’s something you could do. One of the biggest (rewards) for me is knowing, if you build this trail right, dealing with water and slope, it’s going to be there longer than some of these buildings that have been around for 30 years.”—When & WhereThe Barney Ford Trail project begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Volunteers should call Danica Rice at (970) 547-3155 to sign up. Meet in the parking lot behind Breckenridge Town Hall at 8:30 a.m. and expect to work until about 12:30 p.m.
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