Fat Tire Society focuses on building Continental Divide trail
MONTEZUMA – Local trail users will get a chance to have a hand in one of the most significant trails in the United States Saturday.
The Summit Fat Tire Society (SFTS) is looking for volunteers to help it complete a portion of the Continental Divide Trail above Montezuma.
Trail interest groups across the Rocky Mountain region are trying to complete a trail across the entire Continental Divide, which stretches 3,100 miles across the Rockies from Canada to Mexico through five states and 25 national forests, according to the Continental Divide Trail Alliance.
The section of trail the SFTS will work on this weekend stretches a few miles between Morgan Peak and Warden Gulch Road, and the Fat Tire Society and other trail groups have been trying to complete the trails for years.
“It’s been in the works for about three years,” said Mike Zobbe, SFTS president. “Parts of it are even starting to grow back. It’s a really cool ride, probably the best loop around Montezuma. It’s a classic piece of singletrack that’s totally above treeline.”
The SFTS will provide tools and a tailgate party after the work is completed, but volunteers should bring work gloves, clothing and lunch.
“The basics of this trail are pretty much done,” Zobbe said. “There’s probably a couple years worth of projects on the (local sections) of the (Continental Divide) trail.”
In two weeks, the SFTS will also conduct a project on the Colorado Trail on West Ridge.
The society hopes to generate a decent volunteer base for these late summer projects and future projects.
“This is definitely the chance to give back,” Zobbe said. “It needs to be done. We have a great trail system and nobody’s taking care of it but us. It’s a responsible way to be. We can’t fix everything, but we’ll fix what we can.”
Volunteers should sign up by contacting Mike Zobbe at (970) 453-5548 and meet at the Peru Creek trailhead at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
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