Trail Crew Schedule

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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 weekend and 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. Crews typically involve a hike to the project site but may require a drive and a hike each day if the campsite is not within reasonable hiking distance of the project site. Contact the crew leader for crew specifics.

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

Registration: Crews are filled on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of your fully completed registration materials. Deliver a completed registration form and waiver plus fee(s) to the CTF. You can register on paper through the mail or electronically via 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 non-refundable 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.

Crew Terminology

ONE-DAY: Food for preparing a sack lunch is provided on one-day crews.

WEEKEND: Weekend crews are self-supported with each volunteer bringing their own food and cooking equipment. The CTF provides a drive-in group camping location, group tarp to cook and gather under, backcountry toilet facility (if necessary), and drinking water.

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. Week-long (8-day) crews include a day off mid-week.

BACKPACK: Volunteers backpack to camp, carrying personal gear and one or more tools and group gear. Crews are self-supported with each volunteer bringing their own food and cooking equipment. The CTF provides food-hanging equipment (hang cord and carabiners), a group tarp, and backcountry toilet facilities. Weeklong (7-day) crews typically include a day off mid-week.

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 (HCVs) 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 (4WD) 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.

2019 CTF Trail Crew Schedule

CREW 0119, Junction Creek……….$40

  • April 29-May 3 (5-day)
  • Jodie Petersen and Dave Peters: (970) 247-8386
  • BACKPACK 2WD
  • Elevation 8,500 ft, Segment 28, Columbine RD

Help construct urgently needed check ramps and drains on an eroding section of the CT near Durango. Camp will be approximately 2.5 miles and 900 feet from the trailhead. Work each day will be less than a mile from camp.

 FULL – CREW 0219, Raleigh Peak……….$15

  • May 11-12 (2-day)
  • Brent Adams and Anne Englert: brent@coloradotrail.org or (719) 530-1028
  • WEEKEND 2WD
  • Elevation 7,700 ft, Segment 2, South Platte RD

This weekend crew will construct a short realignment and drainage structures where the CT crosses the Raleigh Peak Road. Camping will be near the road crossing and minimal hiking will be required to reach the work locations.

CREW 0319, Lost Creek Wilderness……….$40

  • June 1-5 (5-day)
  • Greg Speights: gcspeights@gmail.com or (719) 799-3199
  • BACKPACK 2WD
  • Elevation 9,500 ft., Segment 4, South Platte RD

Join us on National Trails Day in constructing drains and check steps plus de-berming tread to improve drainage on an eroding section of the CT in the Lost Creek Wilderness. Camp will be located a moderate 3- to 4-mile hike from the Rolling Creek Trailhead, with work locations within 2 miles of camp (one way).

CREW 0419, Buffalo Creek……….$75

  • June 1-8 (8-day)
  • Cindy Johnson: ci_johnson@msn.com or (303) 507-7762
  • BASECAMP HCV
  • Elevation 7,800 ft, Segment 3, South Platte RD

Join us on National Trails Day in constructing a 900-ft realignment to replace an eroded section of trail. The project site will be reached via a 1.5-mile drive each day and a short hike. Hike or bike the extensive Buffalo Creek trail system on your crew day off. Parking is available nearby for those without HCVs.

FULL – CREW 0519, Tramway Creek……….$15

  • June 8 (1-day)
  • Brent Adams and Anne Englert: brent@coloradotrail.org or (719) 530-1028
  • ONE-DAY 2WD
  • Elevation 8,000 ft, Segment 3, South Platte RD

This 1-day crew will construct and maintain drains on this popular section of the CT. A moderate hike of up to 1.5 miles will be required to reach the work locations.

FULL – CREW 0619, Tenmile Range……….$15

  • June 22-23 (2-day)
  • Brent Adams and Anne Englert: brent@coloradotrail.org or (719) 530-1028
  • WEEKEND 2WD
  • Elevation 10,000 ft, Segment 7, Dillon RD

Spend two of the longest days of the year replacing an existing bridge and improving other stream crossings at the base of the Tenmile Range near Copper Mountain. Camping will be a 3-mile drive from the trailhead, with a moderate hike of up to 1 mile required to reach the work locations.

FULL – CREW 0719, Women-only, Upper South Mt Elbert TH……….$60

  • June 27-30 (4-day)
  • Cindy Johnson: ci_johnson@msn.com or (303) 507-7762
  • BASECAMP 2WD
  • Elevation 10,500 ft., Segment 11, Leadville RD

This year’s women’s crew will complete temporary mitigation of a flooded bridge and section of trail resulting from recent beaver dam construction. Other work will include drain construction and other maintenance work on the trail. The primary project site is a moderate hike of up to 1 mile (one-way), with other projects up to 2 miles (one-way).

FULL – CREW 0819, Hancock……….$75

  • June 29-July 6 (8-day)
  • Scott Smith and Laura Brieser-Smith: smith@q.com, hlthydsign@aol.com, or (303) 410-0355
  • BASECAMP HCV
  • Elevation 11,800 ft., Section CW04, Salida RD

This crew will continue building new trail above the old railroad grade near the ghost town of Hancock to move the CT Collegiate West off of a 4WD road. Camp will be near the Hancock townsite. Parking is available nearby for those without HCVs. A daily 1.5-mile hike (one-way) on a 4WD road 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.

CREW 0919, Cochetopa Creek……….$40

  • July 13-19 (7-day)
  • Loren Woods: ljwoods18957@msn.com or (720) 940-8082
  • BACKPACK 2WD
  • Elevation 12,000 ft., Segment 20, Gunnison RD

This crew will construct and maintain drains and clear corridor in the Cochetopa Creek valley in the remote La Garita Wilderness. Camp will be up to 7 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. Climb 14er San Luis Peak or fish the Cochetopa Creek beaver ponds on your mid-week day off.

CREW 1019, Razor Creek……….$75

  • July 20-27 (8-day)
  • Dave Fitzwater: fitzwaterdave@comcast.net or (402) 250-2330
  • BASECAMP HCV
  • Elevation 11,200 ft., Segment 17, Saguache RD

Join our crew leader as he takes a break from his CT thru-hike to construct check dams and drains to improve eroded sections on one of the quieter portions of the CT/CDT near Razor Creek. A drive of up to 5 miles (one-way) and a moderate hike of up to 2 miles (one-way) will be required to reach the work each day. Hike Long Branch Baldy for a great view or have a chilly swim in Baldy Lake on your crew day off.

FULL – CREW 1119, Illinois Creek I……….$40

  • July 31-August 4 (5-day)
  • Doug Buttery: susie.buttery@gmail.com or (970) 531-2982
  • BACKPACK HCV
  • Elevation 12,000 ft., Segment CW02, Gunnison RD

This crew will continue building new trail from 2017 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 and 1,300 ft of climbing 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. Also sign up for Crew 1319 with a between-crew food resupply for even more fun!

FULL – CREW 1219, Molas Pass……….$75

  • August 3-10 (8-day)
  • Glenn Kepler: glennwkeplersr@msn.com or (303) 278-7795 (h) or (303) 704-7109 (c)
  • BASECAMP 2WD
  • Elevation 10,500 ft., Segment 24, Columbine RD

This crew will construct drains, check steps, and complete other maintenance work on the east side of Molas Pass. Camp will be at Molas Lake Campground with spectacular views of the Grenadier Range (shared campsites will be provided for crew member tents and crew canopies; crew members bringing an RV or trailer (or tent campers wanting their own campsite) should reserve an additional campsite (www.molaslake.com). Work locations will be a moderate hike of up to 1 mile from camp. On your crew day off, visit Silverton, ride the train, climb one of the peaks above camp, or rent standup paddle boards (SUPs) or sit-on-top kayaks and paddle Molas Lake.

CREW 1319, Illinois Creek II……….$40

  • August 4-8 (5-day)
  • Dave Landers and Daniel Zier: llamadave@gmail.com or (970) 294-5728 (Dave) or zierde.dz@gmail.comor (303) 518-5993 (Daniel)
  • BACKPACK HCV
  • Elevation 12,000 ft., Segment CW02, Gunnison RD

See description for Crew 1119. This crew will complete rock retaining walls above and below the new tread that were started in 2018. Also sign up for Crew 1119 with a between-crew food resupply for even more fun!

CREW 1419, Camp Hale……….$75

  • August 17-24 (8-day)
  • Bill Carpenter: (303) 444-2024
  • BASECAMP 2WD
  • Elevation 9,700 ft, Segment 8, Eagle-Holy Cross RD

Help construct a replacement bridge below the Cataract Creek waterfall near Camp Hale and other trail improvement work as time allows. Camp will be in the Eagle River valley below Camp Hale, requiring a 6-mile drive and a moderate to strenuous hike of up to 1 mile each day to the work sites. Fish the Eagle River, explore the history of Camp Hale, or hike to Searle and Kokomo Passes on your crew day off.

CREW 1519, South Clear Creek……….$40

  • August 26-31 (6-day)
  • Paul Smith: pksmitty@gmail.com or (719) 964-7488
  • BACKPACK 4WD
  • Elevation 11,500 ft, Segment CW02, Leadville RD

Complete trail improvements leading to the log bridge constructed by the CTF in 2018 and reconstruct deteriorating check steps and improve stream crossings as part of this crew. Participants will meet at the Winfield townsite (2WD access), and carpool (4WD) 2 miles to the Mt. Huron trailhead. From there, crew members will hike approximately 3 miles to the camp location below the Three Apostles in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. This is a challenging, high altitude crew. Hike to Lake Ann Pass for spectacular views of Taylor Park and the Clear Creek valley on your mid-week day off.