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2018 Volunteer Trail Crew Schedule

Join us! The Colorado Trail Foundation invites you to sign up for one or more of our Volunteer Trail Crews and help us improve and preserve The Colorado Trail. We promise lots of fun, rewarding work, fresh air and new friends!

Overview: Volunteer Trail Crews vary in length from one to eight days. We provide training, tools, hardhats, meals (except for backpack crews), group camp equipment, and leadership. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to the crew location and for their personal equipment, including tent or camper, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, eating utensils, work clothes, and other personal items, as applicable. Contact the crew leader for crew specifics.

Participants: To work on a trail crew, you must be at least 16 years old and in good physical condition. No previous trail-building experience is required.

Registration: Crews are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Mail a completed registration form, signed waiver and fee to the CTF. Only mailed registrations are accepted. Forms and waivers are available at www.ColoradoTrail.org. We'll confirm your registration within 30 days. A month before the crew start date, travel instructions and participant roster will be mailed to you to assist with planning, carpooling, etc.

Refund Policy: Registration fees are nonrefundable once you are confirmed for your requested crew.

Thank you! We need your help in caring for The Colorado Trail, all 567 miles, and truly appreciate your involvement. Visit www.ColoradoTrail.org/crews for more details.

Crew Terms:

One-Day: Food for preparing a sack lunch is provided on one-day crews.

Basecamp: Basecamp crews involve meeting at a camping location accessible by vehicle. Crew members assist with camp setup, preparing meals, kitchen cleanup, camp take-down, and other camp tasks. Weeklong (7- or 8-day) crews include a day off mid-week. The project site may be nearby or require a hike each day to the site. Some crews may require a drive each day and a hike if the campsite is not within hiking distance of the project site.

Backpack: Volunteers backpack to camp, carrying personal gear and one or more tools. Crews are self-supported with each volunteer bringing their own food and cooking equipment. The CTF provides food-hanging equipment, a group tarp, and backcountry toilet facilities.

Access: Vehicle access to crew meeting locations are classified as follows:

    2WD: Crew meeting location is accessible by 2-wheel drive (2WD) vehicles via a paved or maintained gravel or dirt road.

    HCV: Access to meeting location involves rougher unpaved roads than 2WD crews. High clearance vehicles are recommended, but 4WD is not required.

    4WD: Access to meeting location involves very rough and steep roads of varying length. A high clearance vehicle with low range four wheel drive is recommended.

Challenging crew at high elevation: Volunteers considering this type of crew should be physically active and acclimated to elevations above 9,000 feet. Volunteers living below 5,000 feet should plan on acclimating for several days to a week above 9,000 feet prior to the crew. While most active hikers should be fine participating in this type of crew, please contact the crew leader if you have questions regarding your fitness.

Crew Availability: Annually in February, the crew schedule is published (including in the table below) and registration opens. Each year as we progress toward Trail season, some crews become FULL while others SPACE AVAILABLE. Crew availability is not reflected in the table below. Contact the CTF office for current availability, ctf@ColoradoTrail.org or (303) 384-3729.

 

Crew #
Crew Name
Fee
Dates
Leader
Phone
Description of Work and Base Camp including Elevation and Colorado Trail Segment Number
Crew 0118
Boswell Creek
$30
May 31 – June 3
(4-day)

Bob Mathes
bob.mathes@gmail.com
BACKPACK 2WD: Join us on National Trails Day weekend as we build a new bridge over Boswell Creek on the south side of Twin Lakes. Backpack an easy 4.5 miles with little elevation gain (or a shorter, but slightly more difficult 2-mile hike) to reach the campsite…or canoe or kayak across the upper Twin Lake to reach the campsite! Bridge materials generously donated by the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation. Elevation 9,300 ft, Segment CW01, Leadville RD
Crew 0218
West Bear Creek
$30
June 7 – 10
(4-day)

Greg Speights
gcspeights@gmail.com
719-799-3199

BACKPACK 2WD: This crew will construct drains and check steps and deberm tread to improve drainage on an eroding section of trail. Camp is located a moderately challenging 3-mile hike from the trailhead at Strontia Dam. Crew members will carpool up the typically closed South Platte River Road to the trailhead. Elevation 6,500 ft., Segment 1, South Platte RD
Crew 0318
Blanks Cabin
$75
June 9 – 16
(8-day)

John and Elayna Lipe
johnlipe77@msn.com
720-891-1140

BASECAMP HCV:Join the crew leaders on their adopted section in constructing two turnpikes through muddy sections of the trail and repairing buck and rail fencing. Easy hikes of less than 1 mile will be required to reach the work. Climb Mt. Shavano on your day off or soak in the Hot Springs Aquatic Center in Salida on your day off – or both! Elevation 9,800 ft., Segment 14, Salida RD
Crew 0418
Gold Hill
$15
June 23
(1-day)

Brent Adams and Anne Englert
brent@coloradotrail.org
719-530-1028
ONE-DAY 2WD: Join us in maintaining drainage on this popular section of the CT near Breckenridge, including a recently realigned section. The work will be within 1 mile of the trailhead. Elevation 9,500 ft, Segment 7, Dillon RD
Crew 0518
Women Only
Sheep Gulch
$45
June 23 – 25
(3-day)

Cindy Johnson
ci_johnson@msn.com
303-507-7762
BASECAMP 2WD: This year's women's crew will clean and construct drains and build check steps in Sheep Gulch below Hope Pass. Camp will be in the spectacular Clear Creek valley near the historic town of Winfield. The project locations will be accessed daily via a challenging hike of up to 1-mile (one way) to reach the work. Elevation 11,000 ft., Segment CW01, Leadville RD
Crew 0618
South Cottonwood Creek
$60
June 28 – July 1
(4-day)

Diana Bristol
dianabristol7@gmail.com
970-749-3973
BASECAMP 2WD:Help construct a 400-foot realignment and drains to improve an entrenched and eroding section of the CT. An easy hike of up to 1 mile is required to reach the work. Elevation 9,000 ft., Segment 13, Salida RD
Crew 0718
Mitchell Creek
$15
June 30
(1-day)

Brent Adams and Anne Englert
brent@coloradotrail.org
719-530-1028
ONE-DAY 2WD: This crew will construct and maintain drainage structures north of Tennessee Pass. A moderate hike of up to 1.5 miles will be required to reach some work locations. Elevation 10,000 ft, Segment 8, Eagle-Holy Cross RD
Crew 0818
San Luis Pass
$40
July 7 – 13
(7-day)

Loren Woods
ljwoods18957@msn.com
720-940-8082
BACKPACK HCV: This crew will continue prior years' work constructing and maintaining drains and clearing corridor in the remote La Garita Wilderness near San Luis Pass. Camp will be up to 4 miles from the trailhead and may move to different locations during the crew. This will be a challenging crew at high elevation, much of it above timberline. Elevation 12,000+ ft., Segment 20/21, Gunnison and Divide RDs
Crew 0918
Hancock
$75
July 7 – 14
(8-day)

Scott Smith and Laura
Brieser-Smith
scott.smith@q.com
hlthydsign@aol.com
303-410-0355
BASECAMP HCV: This crew will continue building new trail above the old railroad grade near the ghost town of Hancock to move the trail off of a 4WD road. The new trail will become a new portion of the Collegiate West combined CT-CDT. Previous CTF crews and other organizations have completed approximately one-half of the 3.4 mile reroute. Camp will be near the Hancock townsite. Parking is available nearby for those without HCVs. A daily 2-mile hike (one-way) will be required to reach the project location. Wednesday off can be used to hike to the historic Alpine Tunnel or mountain bike to the Tincup Pass road, or for a more relaxing outing, soak in Mount Princeton Hot Springs. This is a challenging, high altitude crew. Elevation 11,500 ft., Section CW04, Salida RD
Crew 1018
Lujan Pass
$75
July 14 – 21
(8-day)

Dave Fitzwater
fitzwaterdave@comcast.net
402-250-2330
BASECAMP HCV: This crew will construct check dams and drains to improve eroded sections on one of the less visited portions of the CT/CDT between Lujan Pass and Razor Creek. A moderate hike of up to 2 miles (one-way) will be required to reach the work. Hike Long Branch Baldy for a great view or have a chilly swim in Baldy Lake on your day off. Elevation 10,800 ft., Segment 17, Saguache RD
Crew 1118
Illinois
Creek I
$40
July 21 – 25
(5-day)

Doug Buttery
doug.susie.buttery@gmail.com
970-531-2982
BACKPACK HCV: This crew will continue building new trail in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness to move the trail off of the motorized Timberline Trail. The new trail will be located below the Three Apostles with stunning views of Taylor Park and beyond, and will become a new portion of the Collegiate West combined CT-CDT when completed. Camp will be located approximately 2.5 miles with 1,300 ft of elevation gain from the end of the Illinois Creek road and will include some off-trail hiking. USFS pack string support will be provided to shuttle tools on the trail section of the approach. This will be a challenging crew at high elevation, much of it above timberline. Elevation 12,000 ft., Segment CW02, Gunnison RD
Crew 1218
Avalanche Gulch
$40
July 21 – 27
(7-day)

Loren Woods
ljwoods18957@msn.com
720-940-8082
BACKPACK 2WD: This crew will work on the section of the CT that will likely be the Mt. Yale climbers route in 2018 during the Cottonwood Pass road closure. Work will consist of constructing drains and check steps on eroded sections of trail and re-benching tread where it has narrowed. Camp will be located 1.8 miles with 1,300 feet of elevation gain from the trailhead, with work locations up to 1.4 miles with 1,200 feet of elevation gain from camp. Climb the east ridge of Mt. Yale or soak in Cottonwood Hot Springs on your day off. This will be a challenging crew at moderate to high elevation. Elevation up to 12,000 ft., Segment 13, Salida RD
Crew 1318
Kenosha Pass
$15
July 28
(1-day)

Brent Adams and Anne Englert
brent@coloradotrail.org
719-530-1028
ONE-DAY 2WD: This 1-day crew will continue past year's efforts to build and maintain drainage structures east of Kenosha Pass. Access to the work locations will involve a moderate hike of up to 2 miles (one-way). Enjoy spectacular views of South Park while working. Elevation 10,000 ft, Segment 5, South Park RD
Crew 1418
Illinois
Creek II
$40
July 28 – August 3
(7-day)

Dave Landers
ct.llamadave@gmail.com
970-225-9605
BACKPACK HCV: See description for Crew 1118. Elevation 12,000 ft., Segment CW02, Gunnison RD
Crew 1518
Porcupine Gulch
$75
July 29 – August 2
(5-day)

Glenn Kepler
glennwkeplersr@msn.com
303-278-7795
BASECAMP 4WD: This crew will construct drains and check steps on entrenched and eroding sections of trail at the head of Porcupine Gulch. Lodging will be at the Uncle Bud's Hut, courtesy of the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association! Work locations will be a moderate 2-mile hike from the hut. HCVs can be parked close by and personal gear shuttled to the hut. Elevation 11,500 ft., Segment 9, Leadville RD
Crew 1618
Miners Creek
$75
August 4 – 8
(5-day)

Bill Carpenter
303-444-2024
BASECAMP HCV: This crew will construct a small replacement bridge and urgently needed drains where the CT/CDT passes through the 2017 Peak 2 fire burn area. Camp will be at the end of the HCV section of the Miners Creek road. Work locations will be accessed via the last 1.3 miles of the road (4WD), followed by a moderate hike of up to 0.8 miles (crew members without 4WD can carpool with others). Elevation 10,500 ft, Segment 7, Dillon RD
Crew 1718
Cataract Creek
$40

August 4 – 10
(7-day)
Paul Smith
pksmitty@gmail.com
719-964-7488
BACKPACK 2WD: This crew will work to improve drainage on eroding sections of the CT/CDT near Kokomo Pass. Camp will be approximately 2.5 miles with 1,500 feet of elevation gain from the trailhead, with a hike of up to 2 miles with 1,000 feet of elevation gain each day to the work locations. Enjoy spectacular views and wildflowers above historic Camp Hale. This is a challenging, high altitude crew with work above timberline. Elevation up to 12,000 ft, Segment 8, Eagle-Holy Cross RD
Crew 1818
Straight Creek
$40

August 11 – 17
(7-day)
Phil Ayers
pjayers53@outlook.com
970-560-5659
BACKPACK 2WD: Help our adopter of this section of the CT reconstruct approximately 800 feet of entrenched, fall-line trail below Blackhawk Pass. Camp will be approximately 3 miles with 1,100 feet of elevation gain from the trailhead. Climb Blackhawk Peak for great views of the San Juan Mountains on your day off. This is a challenging, high altitude crew working above timberline. Elevation 11,700 ft, Segment 26, Dolores RD
Crew 1918
Cree and Lost Creeks
$15

August 19 (Sunday)
(1-day)

Brent Adams and Anne Englert
brent@coloradotrail.org
719-530-1028
ONE-DAY 2WD: This crew will build a replacement bridge over Cree Creek and install a culvert and rebuild the crossing at Lost Creek. A moderate hike of 0.3 miles will be required to reach each of the work locations. Elevation 9,500 ft, Segment 14, Salida RD
Crew 2018
Tenmile Range
$25

August 24 – 26
(3-day)

Cindy Johnson
ci_johnson@msn.com
303-507-7762
BACKPACK 2WD: This crew will complete drainage work at and above timberline on the west side of the Tenmile Range. Camp will be located approximately 2.5 miles with 1,700 feet of elevation gain from the trailhead. Enjoy spectacular views while improving a highly used section of the CT/CDT. This is a challenging, high altitude crew. Elevation 11,500 ft., Segment 7, Dillon RD
Crew 2118
South Clear Creek
$40

August 25 – 31
(7-day)

Paul Smith
pksmitty@gmail.com
719-964-7488
BACKPACK 4WD: Build a 10-ft log bridge and connecting trail at a problematic stream crossing in the Collegiate Peak Wilderness near Lake Ann and the Three Apostles. Camp will be approximately 3 miles from the Mt. Huron trailhead, which is located 2 miles up a 4WD road from the Winfield townsite (2WD access). A shuttle will be provided from Winfield to the trailhead for those without 4WD vehicles. This is a challenging, high altitude crew. Elevation 11,500 ft, Segment CW02, Leadville RD

 

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