2017 Trail Crew Accomplishments

17 Trail Crews, seven week-longs and 10 one-to-four day crews 338 volunteers (including crew leaders, cooks, trail workers, Operations Manager…) 7,437 volunteer hours contributed 60 lineal feet of turnpike constructed 250 drains cleaned and/or constructed Rotted log decking replaced and approaches rebuilt at Wurts Ditch bridges 0.4 miles of new trail constructed Four-day Crew 0117 […]

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2017 Adopt-A-Trail Accomplishments

In 2017, CTF Field Operations Manager Brent Adams continued managing the Adopt-A-Trail program. Adams lead two training sessions for Adopters, and over his two years of leadership, 38% of Adopters have attended a training session. Tread maintenance, drainage maintenance and improvement, problem identification, and the importance of reporting were all emphasized. Adopters do important work […]

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2016 Trail Care Success

In 2016 … 618 CTF VOLUNTEERS contributed 21,527 hours preserving The Colorado Trail, an astounding $552,813 worth of labor! Adopt-A-Trail VOLUNTEERS • 293 Adopters & Helpers • 2,860 hours: Maintained the 567-mile CT (as they do annually) 92 volunteer Adopters plus their helpers Multiple excursions each summer Cleared the Trail, sawing and removing numerous fallen trees Cleaned hundreds of […]

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2016 Trail Crew Accomplishments

18 Trail Crews, 10 week-longs and 8 one-to-four day crews 367 volunteers (including crew leaders, cooks, trail workers, Operations Manager…) 9,357 volunteer hours contributed 400 water drains constructed 50 lineal feet of turnpike constructed 3 bridge approaches rebuilt 1.25 miles of new trail constructed Two-Day Crew 0116 – Morrison Creek May 21 – 22, 2016 […]

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2016 Adopt-A-Trail Accomplishments

In 2016, oversight of the Adopt-A-Trail program was passed from long-time volunteer Janet Farrar to CTF Field Operations Manager Brent Adams. A new handbook was issued to all adopters, and three well-attended training sessions were held. Tread maintenance, drainage maintenance and improvement, problem identification, and the importance of reporting were all emphasized. Adopters do important […]

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Co-Located

For 314 miles (of the 567 mile total), The Colorado Trail is co-located with the CDNST, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Spectacular! Books and maps often indicate where it’s co-located, including the CT Databook and Map Books. CT users traveling southbound will meet the co-located section in CT Segment 6 atop Georgia Pass, stay on it when they […]

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Training for a long hike

Super important, training beforehand ups your likelihood of success. Hike hills (even stairs) up and down. Ramp up mileage & elevation. Ease into carrying your pack, increasing the weight. Tread on irregular trail surfaces (if possible). Train your feet and dial your footwear. Strengthen your ankles, legs, butt and back. Overnight with your gear and […]

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Focus On Footwear

Very important during training for Colorado Trail trips, that you dial-in your shoes (and socks). Avoid blisters if you can; they make hiking much harder to enjoy. Find the right fit, roominess, and breathability (etc) that works best for your feet. Well in advance of your trip, try different shoes until you have some winners. Then […]

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Snowpack Norms

TRAIL TIP TUESDAY…SNOWPACK FREE, WHEN..? No sure thing, but Colorado Trail experience gives us date guidance. Here’s when different places on the CT might be ‘snowpassable,’ meaning not too arduous or hazardous: Segs 1-3: mid-May Segs 4, 5, 11, 14, 17, 18: mid-June Segs 6-10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19-28: July 1st Segs CW01-CW05: early-mid July

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2015 Trail Crew Accomplishments

14 Trail Crews, 90 total crew days 248 volunteers 8,510 volunteer hours contributed 1,500 lineal feet of tread rebuilt 350 lineal feet of turnpike constructed 2,700 lineal feet of new trail constructed CT cabin cleaned up and readied for sale One-Day Crew 0115 – Gudy Gaskill Bridge June 13, 2015 Crew Leader: Loren Woods Total […]

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