2020 Trail Crew Schedule

Download a printable PDF version of the crew schedule here: 2020 Trail Crew Schedule PDF

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, vehicle-supported hike-in, 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, dishes and eating utensils, work clothes, and other personal items, as applicable. Crews typically involve a hike to the project site but basecamp crews may require a drive and a hike each day if the campsite is not within reasonable hiking distance of the project site. Weeklong (7- or 8-day) crews typically include a day off mid-week. Contact the crew leader for crew specifics.

Participants: To work on a trail crew, you must be at least 16 years of age (unless approved by crew leader) 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 crew member bringing their own food and cooking equipment. The CTF provides a drive-in group camping location, group tarp, and drinking water; crew members will construct a backcountry toilet facility (if necessary).

BASECAMP:Basecamp crews meet at a camping location accessible by vehicle. Crew members assist with camp setup, preparing meals, kitchen cleanup, camp take-down, and other camp tasks.

VEHICLE-SUPPORTED HIKE-IN: Due to very technical 4WD access and limited campsite parking, crew members will hike with a daypack to the campsite while backpacks, tools, and group gear are transported by vehicle to (and from) the campsite. Crews are self-supported with each crew member bringing their own food, cooking equipment, and water treatment method. The CTF provides food-hanging equipment (hang cord and carabiners) and a group tarp; crew members will construct a backcountry toilet facility.

BACKPACK: Crew members backpack to camp, carrying personal gear and one or more tools and group gear. Crews are self-supported with each crew member bringing their own food, cooking equipment, and water treatment method. The CTF provides food-hanging equipment (hang cord and carabiners) and a group tarp; crew members will construct a backcountry toilet facility.

2WD: Crew meeting location is accessible by 2-wheel drive (2WD) vehicles via a paved or maintained gravel or dirt road. Road conditions may change with significant precipitation.

HCV: Access to meeting location involves rougher unpaved roads than 2WD crews. High clearance vehicles (HCVs) are recommended, but 4WD is not required. Road conditions may change with significant precipitation.

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.

CANCELLEDCREW 0120, Morrison Creek I……….$75

  • May 17 – 22 (6 days)
  • Cindy Johnson: ci_johnson@msn.com or (303) 507-7762
  • BASECAMP HCV
  • Elevation 7,800 ft, Segment 3, South Platte RD

Help construct a 1,500-ft realignment to replace an eroding section of trail in the very popular Buffalo Creek trail system. The project site will be reached via an easy ¼-mile hike. Hike or bike the extensive trail network on your crew day off. 

CANCELLEDCREW 0220, Gurnsey Creek……….$15

  • June 6 (One day)
  • Brent Adams and Anne Englert: brent@coloradotrail.org or (719) 530-1028
  • ONE-DAY HCV
  • Elevation 10,000 ft, Segment 6, South Park RD

Join us on National Trails Day to stabilize a section of trail being undercut by Gurnsey Creek and construct drains on this popular section of the CT. The project work is located within ½ mile of the trailhead.

CANCELLEDCREW 0320, North Fork Lost Creek……….$15

  • June 20 – 21 (Two days)
  • Brent Adams and Anne Englert: brent@coloradotrail.org or (719) 530-1028
  • WEEKEND HCV
  • Elevation 10,500 ft, Segment 4, South Platte and South Park RDs

Spend Summer Solstice weekend helping re-set the trailhead bridge over North Fork Lost Creek that has settled unevenly and re-construct a turnpike located in the Lost Creek Wilderness a moderate 2-mile hike from camp at the North Fork Trailhead.

CANCELLEDCREW 0420, Morrison Creek II……….$75

  • June 21 – 27(7 days)
  • Brooks Lord: brooks.lord@okstate.edu or (918) 527-6370
  • BASECAMP HCV
  • Elevation 7,800 ft, Segment 3, South Platte RD

This crew will complete the work begun by Crew 0120 and rehab the abandoned trail section. The project site will be reached via an easy ¼-mile hike. Hike or bike the extensive Buffalo Creek trail network on your crew day off.

CANCELLEDCREW 0520, Women-only, Jefferson Lake……….$60

  • June 26 – 29 (4 days)
  • Cindy Johnson: ci_johnson@msn.com or (303) 507-7762
  • BASECAMP 2WD
  • Elevation 10,000 ft., Segment 6, South Park RD

This year’s women’s crew will reconstruct a deteriorated turnpike near Jefferson Lake. The project site is an easy ½-mile hike from camp.

CANCELLEDFULL – CREW 0620, Frenchman Creek……….$40

  • July 11 – 15(5 days)
  • Ed Pfromer: epfromer@gmail.com or (720) 666-9776
  • BACKPACK 4WD
  • Elevation 11,500 ft, Segment 12, Leadville RD

Help build a 15-ft native log bridge to replace the existing Frenchman Creek bridge and improve the stock crossing in the Collegiate Peak Wilderness. Camp will be approximately 2 miles from the trailhead with a moderate elevation gain. The crew will carpool to the trailhead because of limited parking and for those without 4WD vehicles. This is a challenging, high altitude crew.

CANCELLEDCREW 0720, Hancock I……….$75

  • July 11 – 18 (8 days)
  • Glenn Kepler: glennwkeplersr@msn.com or (303) 278-7795 (h) or (303) 704-7109 (c)
  • 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 CDT/Collegiate West CT 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) with 700 ft of elevation gain 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.

CANCELLEDCREW 0820, Cochetopa Creek……….$40

  • July 18 – 24 (7 days)
  • Loren Woods: ljwoods18957@msn.com or (720) 940-8082
  • BACKPACK 2WD
  • Elevation 12,000 ft., Segment 20, Gunnison RD

This crew will continue drainage work and improving stream crossings in the Cochetopa Creek valley in the remote La Garita Wilderness. Camp will be a moderate 5-mile hike from the trailhead. This will be a challenging crew at high elevation. Climb 14er San Luis Peak or fish the Cochetopa Creek beaver ponds on your mid-week day off.

FULL – CREW 0920, Hancock II……….$75

  • July 19 – 23 (5 days)
  • Scott Smith and Laura Brieser-Smith: scott.smith@q.com, hlthydsign@aol.com, or (303) 410-0355
  • BASECAMP HCV
  • Elevation 11,800 ft., Section CW04, Salida RD

See description for Crew 0720. This will be a 5-day crew with no day off during the crew.

CREW 1020, Hancock III……….$75

  • July 25 – August 1 (8 days)
  • Dave Fitzwater: fitzwaterdave@comcast.net or (402) 250-2330
  • BASECAMP HCV
  • Elevation 11,800 ft., Section CW04, Salida RD

See description for Crew 0720.

CREW 1120, Illinois Creek I……….$40

  • July 30 – August 3 (5 days)
  • Dave Landers and Daniel Zier: ct.llamadave@gmail.com or (970) 294-5728 (Dave) or zierde.dz@gmail.com or (303) 518-5993 (Daniel)
  • BACKPACK HCV
  • Elevation 12,000 ft., Segment CW02, Gunnison RD

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 CDT/Collegiate West CT 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. This will be a challenging crew at high elevation, much of it above timberline. Sign up for Crew 1220 and resupply food between crews for even more fun!

CANCELLEDFULL – CREW 1220, Illinois Creek II……….$40

  • August 3 – 7 (5 days)
  • Doug Buttery: doug.susie.buttery@gmail.com or (970) 531-2982
  • BACKPACK HCV
  • Elevation 12,000 ft., Segment CW02, Gunnison RD

See description for Crew 1120. Sign up for Crew 1120 and resupply food between crews for even more fun!

FULL – CREW 1320, West Lime Creek……….$40

  • August 9 – 13(5 days)
  • Brent Adams and Anne Englert: brent@coloradotrail.org or (719) 530-1028
  • BACKPACK 2WD
  • Elevation 12,000 ft, Segment 25, Columbine RD

Help build a 40-ft turnpike and other tread improvements on this popular section of the CT near Molas Pass. Camp will be a relatively long 7-mile hike with moderate elevation gain from the Little Molas trailhead. The crew projects will be within ½ mile of camp. This is a challenging, high altitude crew.

CREW 1420, Cataract Creek……….$40

  • August 17 – 22 (7 days)
  • Paul Smith: pksmitty@gmail.com or (719) 964-7488
  • BACKPACK 2WD
  • Elevation 10,500 ft, Segment 8, Eagle-Holy Cross RD

Help build a realignment of the existing co-located CT/CDT to make the trail more sustainable. Camp will be located approximately 2 miles and 1,200 ft of climbing up the Cataract Creek drainage.

CREW 1520, Miners Creek I……….$45

  • August 21 – 26 (6 days)
  • Greg Speights: gcspeights@gmail.com or (719) 799-3199
  • VEHICLE-SUPPORTED HIKE-IN 2WD
  • Elevation 10,500 ft., Segment 7, Dillon RD

This crew will begin construction on realignment of an unsustainable section of the co-located CDT/CT in the Miners Creek drainage. Note that this is a vehicle-supported hike-in crew, with a moderate hike of approximately 4.5 miles and 1,500 ft of elevation gain. Work will be located a moderate hike of up to 1 mile from camp.

FULLCREW 1620, Cottonwood Pass……….$15

  • August 25 (One day)
  • Brent Adams and Anne Englert: brent@coloradotrail.org or (719) 530-1028
  • ONE-DAY 2WD
  • Elevation 12,300 ft, Segment CW03, Salida RD

This 1-day crew will construct buck and rail fence, install signs, and rehab social trails on this popular section of the CDT/Collegiate West CT. The project work will be located within ¼ mile of the trailhead. This will be a challenging crew due to the altitude.

CREW 1720, Miners Creek II……….$45

  • August 26 – 31 (6 days)
  • Daniel Zier: zierde.dz@gmail.com or (303) 518-5993
  • VEHICLE-SUPPORTED HIKE-IN 2WD
  • Elevation 10,500 ft., Segment 7, Dillon RD

See description for Crew 1520.

CREW 1820, Headwaters Hill……….$40

  • August 28 – September 1 (5 days)
  • Diana Bristol: dianabristol7@gmail.com or (970) 749-3973
  • BACKPACK 2WD
  • Elevation 11,500 ft, Segment 16, Gunnison and Salida RDs

Build turnpike on an extended muddy section of co-located CT/CDT south of Marshall Pass. Camp will be a moderate 4.5-mile hike from the Marshall pass trailhead. The work will be within ¼ mile of camp. This is a challenging, high altitude crew.