What would the CT be without our Adopters? The answer is that the CT would be in sorry condition without the hard working, dedicated volunteers involved in our Adopt-A-Trail program. Their energetic efforts are key to keeping the Trail in good shape.
CTF Adopters each take responsibility for a particular section of The Colorado Trail, clearing the Trail corridor of fallen trees, cleaning the water diversions to limit erosion, and reporting their findings to the Foundation. Each spring they schedule one or more trips, timing them with hopes to arrive shortly after most of the snow has melted.
Snapshot : Adopters 2008
With all that’s involved, you can imagine the Adopter logistics: road conditions, vehicles, camping gear, volunteer helpers, food, tools, you name it. Every Adopter shapes his or her own approach. Most gather family and friends and make an outing of it. Their first visit each season involves uncertainty as to what they’ll encounter - snow, fallen trees, hill slides, signs missing, etc. It’s always an adventure. The Adopters enjoy it; we know because they tell us. Quite a number of CT Adopters continue for many years. The CTF is truly fortunate to have such dedicated Adopters.
Accomplishments : Adopt-A-Trail 2008
Janet Farrar’s 2008 recap shines light on some of the details
“This summer, at the Adopter’s suggestion, I split Section 3 (FS Road 550 to FS Road 543) into two pieces to make each more manageable. I recruited Jean and Bill Boettcher to adopt the new Section 3.2, Meadows Campground to FSR 543. Diane Parker retired from Section 6.4, Georgia Pass to North Fork of the Swan River. Bill Carpenter, who’s worked on crews, agreed to adopt it and he recruited Gavin Bailey to help. Lee Ashley of Vail adopted Section 8.3, Searle Pass to Kokomo Pass, which lacked an Adopter last year.
Dick Matthews decided not to continue with Section 12.2, south of Clear Creek Reservoir from Waverly Ridge to Pine Creek. Rolly Rogers gave up Sect. 13.3, the road section near Mt. Princeton, and I have a couple that is interested in replacing him. Dusty Little retired from Sect. 17.1, Sargents Mesa to Lujan Creek Road. To make this 19-mile section more manageable, at Dusty’s suggestion, I will split it into two sections. Ken Stagner retired from many years caring for Section 21.2, Continental Divide to Spring Creek Pass. For these three sections currently open, I will look first for adopters living in the Saguache, Gunnison or Del Norte areas, hoping to find volunteers who live relatively close. Living close-by your adoption is not a must, but it sometimes helps the Adopter succeed with their work.
Sections 26 and 27 were realigned to help the Adopters with logistics. Bill Vicary and Ian Altman took on the new Sections 27.2 and 27.3, from FS Road 564 to Grindstone Trailhead to Cumberland Basin Trailhead.
Adopters have generally been good about submitting their reports. But I’m still working on some of them to be better. Their reporting is a big help. CTF operations personnel, including volunteer Operations Manager George Miller, the CTF office staff in Golden and the US Forest Service, all rely on the information. So I’m still working to encourage better compliance by Adopters with their reporting.”
AAT Volunteer Notes
Section 7 Suzanne Reed, Adopter Helper
Hi all - just returned from a snow shoe hike on CT Segment 7 starting at Hwy 91, heading east toward the top of Ten Mile Range. Last year this week we were able to hike snow free up to intersection with Wheeler Trail (mile 2.5). This year we had to put on our snow shoes as soon as we crossed the Tenmile creek bridge and entered the trees. The trail is covered in several feet of snow making navigation and footing difficult. The snow pack is alternating hard pack and soft so post holing is a problem as well as lack of footing on the hardpack. At about mile 1.8, the steep trail was covered with a snow pack on a 45 degree angle - I lost my footing (even on snow shoes!) and was heading downhill fast before coming to rest in a small indentation in the snow. At that point we decided to turn back and try again in a few weeks!
Segment 8.4 Julie Mesdag
Segment 9.2 Ken Swierenga
Just want to pass along some trail information. On 6/27 while doing trail maint. we encounter snow across the trail just after entering the Holy Cross Wilderness from Longs Gulch. The snow in that area is still four to five feet deep. It looks like a few hikers have post-holed up the trail, but I'm sure the snow gets deeper going toward Porcupine Creek. This is a bowl area and collects a lot of snow in normal winters. Also, the skeeters are out in force!!!!
Section 12.3 Steve Staley
Hello Janet, I hope this note finds you out enjoying the Colorado Trail. Relative to our section 12.3, it is a 12 mile section from Pine Creek on the North to North Cottonwood Creek on the South. We are just East of Mt. Harvard and Columbia near Buena Vista. In mid June, we worked the South 6 miles with about 20 people doing treadwork and we took out a dozen or so trees over the trail. We weren’t able at that time to do the North 6 miles due to snow. Accordingly, 5 of us went back in mid-July and took out 10 or so trees on the North 6 miles. We note that there are 2 large widowmakers still to be taken out; one is ½ mile North of Frenchman’s Creek and one is ½ mile South of Frenchman’s Creek. We may need Forest Service help with these two areas. Finally the largest issue is a big bog about 1 mile North of Morrison Creek which needs drainage. This sounds like a good trail crew project. I am available for questions.
Happy trails, Steve
Section 14.1 George Miller, Operations Manager
Terry, I was up on your section from FR 243 to Browns Creek Bridge. I will have the FS folks in to look at a reroute for that section of erosion and rocks. I know you have been talking about it for several years but I didn't realize how bad it was. The two crews that are scheduled to work that area this year will try to get the rest of the trail in good condition and then as quick as the FS approves it we will build a reroute.
Segment 20.1 Steve Stadler
Address the “Twins” problem by either clearing them from the trail or building a re-route around them (the “twins” are two VERY large pieces of a tree trunk that have fallen onto the trail in a VERY tight place and there is no obvious place to move them to off the trail, assuming they can be moved).
Address the signage issue from the Cochetopa Creek crossing to the end of the segment at San Louis Pass.
Address the thistle issue on both sides of the Saddle.
Section 22.2 Mark & Joellen Fonken
We are very proud that the trail above the forest (B Buck Creek) is not a "Jeep road" anymore, it is a trail due to travel management signage and our continuous monitoring.