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Summary 2019 Adopt-A-Trail –

In 2019, CTF Field Operations Manager Brent Adams continued managing the Adopt-A-Trail program. Adams lead three training sessions for Adopters. During his four years of leadership, 56% of current Adopters have attended a training session. Trainings focused on maintaining and improving drainage, identifying problems, and reporting to the CTF office.

Adopters do important work in their sections of trail, which range from 1.6 to 16.8 miles. Some do the work alone and some assemble a group for the outing. Visiting as soon as they can after the snow melts in late spring, they cut and remove fallen trees, rake and hoe silt and debris out of the water diversions to limit erosion, assess the signage, and report their work and findings. Adopters make sure the trail is passable for hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders.

Snapshot: Adopters 2019

  • Brent Adams continues to manage the Adopt-A-Trail program.
  • Three successful Adopter Trainings
  • 312 volunteers including Adopters, helpers, and training attendees
  • 3,589 volunteer hours just this year


  • Maintained the entire 567 miles of the CT
  • Cleared the Trail, sawing and removing hundreds of fallen trees
  • Cleared avalanche debris and paths through debris
  • Repaired rockslides
  • Cleaned hundreds of water diversions to preserve the tread
  • Repaired, replaced and added signs, including wooden, steel and confidence markers
  • Reported Trail conditions to the CTF for planning & USFS coordination

Some 2019 Adopter Notes:

Section 8.2 Dave Callais

Four small trees across the trail removed and 8 beetle kill trees that were leaning across the trail endangering users approximately 1/4 mile above the Guller Creek bridge mitigated; approximately 150 drainage dips cleaned and/or repaired; berms removed and some fill material added to the tread; willows trimmed back from the Copper Mtn. boundary to timberline.

Section 12.3 Steve Combs

Nine trees removed, 68 waterbars cleared or constructed, 800 feet of tread widened, numerous rocks removed, The trail to Harvard Lakes is in very good condition. Due to snow, we had to make a return trip.

Section 14.1 Terry Hardie

No downed trees but too many water diversions to count; at least 50 but possibly more. 12 additional CT signs added along the entire section. Trimmed numerous trees and shrubs. Removed rocks and other debris.

Section 22.2 Mark & Joellen Fonken

There were no trees this year to clear. Cleaned out all water bars/drains on switchbacks above Carson Saddle. Put up carbonate posts that were down. Moved big rocks from the route. Note: Snowfields still on most north facing slopes in August, most of the section was impassable in June.

Section 24.2 Connie Wian

We cleared all down trees between slide paths, cleared water bars and lopped the trail corridor. I did not count how many trees we cut but my best guess is about 40 between debris paths and many in the debris. The debris paths are large and still packed with very deep snow. Hikers have a direction to follow in an effort to keep them from climbing all over and causing social trails. There will be some hazard in crossing the debris and as the snow underneath melts and things shift I do not have experience with how that will change things.

Section 27.2 Jodie Deller & Rob Harries

50+ trees cleared, 4 miles of tread work (cleaned out approx. 30 existing water diversions & built approx. 12 new ones), hung CT signs where needed (about 6)

Section CW02B Tom Easley

Cleared two avalanched runs from the tread. Approximately 80 trees up to 8″ cleared to open tread. Cleared 12 additional trees up to 10″ from trail not associated with avalanched areas. Cleared a few drains, but still work left to do. Bridges are both in good condition.