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Time for hikers and bikers to give back to national forest

Richard Chittick
Summit Daily file photo/Brad OdekirkCurrie Craven of Friends of the Eagles Nest wilderness carries a log as part of a trail maintenance project last summer. Friends will be working on the Buffalo Mountain Trail this weekend. Elsewhere, the Colorado Trail will also receive much needed repairs.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Work, and thou shalt be fed and watered. Two separate trail maintenance projects this weekend will give hikers and mountain bikers alike a chance to give back to the White River National Forest.

In the Eagles Nest Wilderness, a group will head out Saturday to repair badly eroded sections of the Buffalo Mountain Trail. The project is a preliminary effort to relocate the trail to a more sustainable location, according to Jonathan Kriegel of Friends of the Eagles Nest.

“The first step is obliterating and revegetating duplicate, unnecessary trails,” Kriegel said.

Volunteers can expect to brush in debris over braided trails and move downed trees, Kriegel warned. Also, he added, be prepared to spend the day in a wilderness setting by bringing water, lunch and sturdy boots.The group will meet at 8 a.m. at the Buffalo Cabin Trailhead at the top of Ryan Gulch Road in Wildernest. A light breakfast of coffee, juice and bagels will be provided, as well as a party afterwards featuring beer, chips and snacks.

“We can only accommodate a limited number of workers and therefore need a mandatory RSVP before Aug. 21,” Kriegel said. Register by calling Jonathan at (970) 262-2399 or Currie at (970) 453-9356.

On the other side of the county, the Summit Fat Tire Society (SFTS) will be heading up the Colorado Trail to repair switchbacks on the West Ridge on Aug 23.

“Some need a little bit of reconstruction above them. Others need to be completely rebuilt,” said Mike Zobbe, president of the SFTS.

Interested parties can show up at the Dredge parking lot on Tiger Road at 9 a.m. to participate. Organizers are encouraging volunteers to ride bikes.

According to Zobbe, the work party will use trailers to help haul equipment and tools.

“This is the society’s adopted section, so we do work on it every year,” he said.

Zobbe expects the work to last until 3 p.m., with a party to follow at the Dredge parking area. There are no limits to the number of volunteers of this project. Zobbe can be contacted at (970) 453-5548.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at


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