2021 Trail Crew Schedule

In case you’d like to see the crew brochure we mailed, here is the PDF: 2021 Trail Crew Brochure. If you’d like to receive mailings, here is where you submit for the CTF Mailing List.

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, group camp equipment, leadership, and meals (except for weekend, vehicle-supported hike-in, and backpack crews). 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 electronically via CTF Trail Crew Registration and Waiver – Colorado Trail FoundationOr you can register on paper through the mail by printing the Registration & Waiver PDFWe’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. If a crew is full and unavailable online, please feel free to submit a paper registration to be placed on the waitlist.

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.

COVID Considerations: Due to uncertainties and potential restrictions related to the pandemic, changes may crop up. We’ll communicate. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

Crew Terms

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. If necessary, crew members will construct a backcountry toilet facility.

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, 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.

FULL – CREW 0121, Gurnsey Creek……….$15

  • June 5 (One day)
  • Darin Radatz: darin@coloradotrail.org or (810) 990-9748
  • 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.

FULL – CREW 0221, North Fork Lost Creek……….$15

  • June 19-20 (Two days)
  • Darin Radatz: darin@coloradotrail.org or (810) 990-9748
  • WEEKEND HCV
  • Elevation 10,500 ft, Segment 4, South Platte and South Park RDs

Spend the 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.

FULL – CREW 0321, Morrison Creek I……….$75

  • June 27 – July 3 (7 days)
  • Brooks Lord: brooks.lord@okstate.edu or (918) 527-6370
  • 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. On your crew day off, hike or bike the extensive trail network.

CREW 0421, Fooses Creek……….$75

  • July 12-19 (8 days)
  • Ed Pfromer: epfromer@gmail.com or (720) 666-9776
  • BACKPACK 2WD
  • Elevation 11,500 ft, Segment 15, Salida RD

Help start construction on a 2.25-mile trail realignment to replace an eroding and very steep section of trail below the popular Monarch Crest. The campsite will be reached via a stout 5-mile hike in from the trailhead. This is a challenging, high altitude crew. Hike or bike the stunning Monarch Crest or explore nearby Salida on your crew day off.

FULL – CREW 0521, Hancock I……….$30

This crew will continue the legacy of work done by previous CTF Crews over the past 5 seasons 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.  Project work will include tread widening, trail hardening and improving water crossings.  Camp will be near the Hancock townsite. Parking is available nearby for those without HCVs. A daily hike of up to 2.5 miles each way will be required to reach the project locations. This is a challenging, high altitude crew.

FULL – CREW 0621, Elk Creek……….$40

  • July 17-25 (9 days)
  • Connie Wian: cjwian@frontier.net (970) 259-8840
  • BACKPACK 2WD
  • Elevation 10,500 ft, Segment 24, Columbine RD

Help re-establish a section of trail impacted by avalanches in the beautiful Weminuche Wilderness. The project will clear avalanche debris and reconstruct damaged tread. Camp will be a strenuous 4-mile hike from the Molas Pass trailhead with a daily hike of up to 2.5 miles each way to reach the lower avalanche sites. Camp may be moved an additional 3 miles up Elk Creek mid-week with a daily hike of up to 2 miles each way to work on the upper avalanche site. This is a challenging, high altitude crew.

FULL – CREW 0721, Boss Lake……….$75

  • July 25-August 1 (8 days)
  • Dave Fitzwater: fitzwaterdave@comcast.net or (402) 250-2330
  • BASECAMP 4WD
  • Elevation 10,800 ft., Segment CW05, Salida RD

Help start construction on a trail realignment to replace an eroding and steep section of trail near scenic Boss Lake. 4WD vehicles will be needed to reach the campsite via an unmaintained Forest Service road. A daily of hike 0.5 miles to reach the project site. This is a challenging, high altitude crew. Hike to Boss and Hunt Lakes and to the scenic Continental Divide on your day off.

FULL – CREW 0821, Hancock II……….$30

  • July 30 – August 1 (3 days)
  • Scott Smith and Laura Brieser-Smith: scott.smith@q.com, hlthydsign@aol.com, or (303) 410-0355
  • WEEKEND HCV
  • Elevation 11,800 ft., Segment CW04, Salida RD

See description for Crew 0521

FULL – CREW 0921, West Lime Creek……….$40

  • August 2-6 (5 days)
  • Brent Adams and Anne Englert: brent.adams261@gmail.com 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.

FULL – CREW 1021, Women-only, Jefferson Lake……….$60

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.

FULL – CREW 1121, Illinois Creek I……….$40

  • August 10-14 (5 days)
  • Doug Buttery: doug.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 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 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. Also sign up for Crew 1221 and resupply food between crews for even more fun!

CREW 1221, Illinois Creek II……….$40

See description for Crew 1221. In addition to project work listed above, additional work will include tread widening, trail hardening and improving water crossings. Also sign up for Crew 1121 and resupply food between crews for even more fun!

CREW 1321, Cataract Creek……….$40

  • August 16-22 (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 1421, Miners Creek ……….$45

  • August 22-27 (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 continue 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 2 miles each way from camp.

FULL – CREW 1521, Headwaters Hill……….$40

  • August 23-27 (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.

CREW 1621, Hancock III……….$75

  • August 29 – Sept 4 (8 days)
  • Ed Pfromer: epfromer@gmail.com or (720) 666-9776
  • BASECAMP HCV
  • Elevation 11,800 ft., Segment 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. Along with building new trail, this Crew will complete the work begun by Crews 0521 and 0821. Parking is available nearby for those without HCVs. A daily 2-mile hike (one-way) with 800 ft of elevation gain on a 4WD road will be required to reach the project location. Crew day 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 1721, Morrison Creek II……….$75

  • September 19-25 (7 days)
  • Cindy Johnson: ci_johnson@msn.com or (303) 507-7762
  • BASECAMP HCV
  • Elevation 7,800 ft, Segment 3, South Platte RD

This Crew will complete the work begun by Crew 0321 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 day off.

Register electronically via CTF Trail Crew Registration and Waiver – Colorado Trail Foundation.

Or you can register on paper through the mail by printing the Registration & Waiver PDF.