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2017 Volunteer Trail Crew Schedule

  • Overview with 2017 crews general information and sign up process
  • Brochure - printable version of the 2017 Crews Brochure
  • Registration & Waiver - printable version of 2017 Registration and Waiver

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 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. Contact the crew leader for crew specifics.

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

Registration: Crews are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Mail a completed registration form, signed waiver and fee to the CTF. Only mailed registrations are accepted. Forms and waivers are available at 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 nonrefundable 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. Visit www.ColoradoTrail.org/crews for more details.

Crew Terms:

One-Day: Food for preparing a sack lunch is provided on one-day crews.

Basecamp: Basecamp crews involve meeting at a location accessible by vehicle, where camp is set up. Crew members assist with camp setup, preparing meals, kitchen cleanup, and camp take-down. Weeklong (7- or 8-day) crews typically include Wednesdays off. The project site may be nearby or require a hike each day to the site. Some crews may require a drive each day and a hike if a campsite is not reasonably close to the project site.

Backpack: Volunteers backpack to camp, carrying personal gear and one or more tools. Crews are self-supported with each volunteer bringing their own food and cooking equipment. The CTF provides food-hanging equipment, a group tarp, and backcountry toilet facilities.

Access: Vehicle access to crew meeting locations are classified as follows:

    2WD: Crew meeting location is accessible by 2WD vehicles via a paved or maintained gravel road; HCV or 4WD vehicles are not required.

    HCV: Access to meeting location involves rougher unpaved roads than 2WD crews. High clearance vehicles 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 is recommended.

Crew Availability: Annually in February, the crew schedule is published (including in the table below) and registration opens. Each year as we progress toward Trail season, some crews become FULL while others SPACE AVAILABLE. Crew availability is not reflected in the table below. Contact the CTF office for current availability, ctf@ColoradoTrail.org or (303) 384-3729.

 

Crew #
Crew Name
Fee
Dates
Leader
Phone
Description of Work and Base Camp including Elevation and Colorado Trail Segment Number
Crew 0117
Buffalo Creek
$60
June 1 – 4
(4-day)

John and Elayna Lipe
johnlipe77@msn.com
720-891-1140
BASECAMP HCV: Join us on National Trails Day weekend to complete needed drainage maintenance on multiple sections of heavily used Segment 3. Crew will include lots of moderate hiking and some driving to project locations. We'll be working with volunteers from COMBA, adopters of Segment 1 of the CT, and active trail builders and maintainers in Buffalo Creek. Parking near camp is available for those without HCVs. Elevation 7,800 ft., Segment 3, South Platte Ranger District
FULL
Crew 0217
CTF Cabin
$75
June 10 – 17
(8-day)

George Miller
glmctf@comcast.net
719-641-8968
BASECAMP 4WD: Help move the storage shed at the CTF cabin property as a condition for sale of the cabin. Be the last of the CTF volunteers to stay on the property! Elevation 10,700 ft.
FULL
Crew 0317
North Fork Swan River
$15
June 17
(1-day)

Brent Adams
brent@coloradotrail.org
719-530-1028
ONE-DAY HCV: Work alongside volunteers from Summit Fat Tire Society, the adopters of this section of the CT, on a 1-day crew to build and maintain drainage structures near the Town of Breckenridge. Accessing the work locations will involve up to a 2-mile (one-way) hike with up to 1,000 ft of elevation gain. Crew members without an HCV can carpool to the trailhead. Lunch will be provided. Elevation 10,500 ft, Segment 6, Dillon Ranger District
FULL
Crew 0417
South Clear Creek
$40
June 24 – 30
(7-day)

Paul Smith
pksmitty@gmail.com
719-964-7488
BACKPACK 4WD: Build a 10-ft log bridge and connecting trail at a problematic stream crossing in the Collegiate Peak Wilderness near Lake Ann and the Three Apostles. Camp will be approximately 3 miles from the Mt. Huron trailhead, which is located 2 miles up a 4WD road from the Winfield townsite (2WD access). A shuttle will be provided from Winfield to the trailhead for those without 4WD vehicles. This is a strenuous, high altitude crew. Elevation 11,500 ft, Segment CW02, Leadville Ranger District
FULL
Crew 0517
Hancock I
$75
June 24 – July 1
(8-day)

Scott Smith and Laura Brieser-Smith
scott.smith@q.com
hlthydsign@aol.com
303-410-0355
BASECAMP HCV: This crew will continue building new trail above the old railroad grade near the ghost town of Hancock to move the trail off of a 4WD road. The new trail will become a new portion of the Collegiate West combined CT-CDT. Previous CTF crews and other organizations have completed approximately 2 miles of the 3.4 mile reroute. Camp will be near the Hancock townsite. Parking is available nearby for those without HCVs. A daily 2-mile hike (one-way) 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 strenuous, high altitude crew. Elevation 11,500 ft., Section CW04, Salida Ranger District
FULL
Crew 0617
Women-Only
Winfield
$45
June 30 – July 2
(3-day)

Cindy Johnson
ci_johnson@msn.com
303-507-7762
BASECAMP 2WD: This year's women's crew will repair turnpikes on the Collegiate West section of the combined CT-CDT. Camp will be in the spectacular Clear Creek valley near the historic town of Winfield. The project locations will be accessed daily via a 2-mile section of 4WD road followed by a mostly level 1-mile hike (crew members without 4WD can carpool with others). Elevation 10,500 ft., Segment CW02, Leadville Ranger District
Crew 0717
Jefferson
$75
July 8 – 15
(8-day)

Glenn Kepler
glennwkeplersr@msn.com
303-278-7795
BASECAMP 2WD: Help construct a causeway to elevate the trail tread and eliminate a muddy section of trail on this week-long crew. A 2-mile hike (one-way) and 800-ft climb will be required to reach the project location each day. Enjoy hiking or biking to Kenosha or Georgia Passes or hiking or fishing at Jefferson Lake on Wednesday off. Elevation 10,500 ft., Segment 6, South Park Ranger District
FULL
Crew 0817
Kenosha Pass
$15
July 8
(1-day)

Brent Adams
brent@coloradotrail.org
719-530-1028
ONE-DAY 2WD: This 1-day crew will build and maintain drainage structures east of Kenosha Pass. Access to the work locations will involve a moderate hike of up to 3 miles (one-way). Enjoy spectacular views of South Park while working. Lunch will be provided. Elevation 10,000 ft, Segment 5, South Park Ranger District
Crew 0917
San Luis Pass
$40
July 15 – 19
(5-day)

Loren Woods
ljwoods18957@msn.com
720-940-8082
BACKPACK HCV: This crew will construct and maintain drains in the remote La Garita Wilderness near San Luis Pass. Camp will be up to 4 miles from the trailhead. This will be a strenuous crew at high elevation, much of it above timberline. Elevation 12,000+ ft., Segment 20/21, Gunnison and Divide Ranger Districts
Crew 1017
Hancock II
$75
July 22 – 29
(8-day)

Bill Carpenter
303-444-2024
BASECAMP HCV: See description for Crew 0517.
FULL
Crew 1117
Tennessee Pass
$15
July 22
(1-day)

Brent Adams
brent@coloradotrail.org
719-530-1028
ONE-DAY 2WD: This 1-day crew will replace the decking on the Wurts Ditch bridge, rebuild bridge approaches, and construct and maintain drainage structures near Tennessee Pass. A moderate hike of up to 2 miles will be required to reach some work locations. Lunch will be provided. Elevation 10,000 ft, Segments 8 and 9, Leadville and Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger Districts
FULL
Crew 1217
Turquoise Lake
$60
July 27 – 30
(4-day)

Cindy Johnson
ci_johnson@msn.com
303-507-7762
BASECAMP 2WD: This crew will rebuild and extend an existing turnpike and construct and maintain drains in the Holy Cross Wilderness. Access to the work locations is via a 2-mile (one-way) hike with 1,400 ft of elevation gain. Camp will be near beautiful Turquoise Lake. Elevation 11,000 ft., Segment 9, Leadville Ranger District
Crew 1317
Silver Creek Trailhead
$15
August 5
(1-day)

Brent Adams
brent@coloradotrail.org
719-530-1028
ONE-DAY 2WD: This crew will construct rock steps up an embankment, build new tread, and install signs for a short realignment of a trail segment inundated by the North Fork Cottonwood Creek. The project site is at the trailhead. Lunch will be provided. Elevation 9,400 ft, Segment 13, Salida Ranger District
FULL
Crew 1417
Cochetopa Creek
$30
August 17 –20
(4-day)

Doug Buttery
doug.susie.buttery@gmail.com
970-531-2982
BACKPACK 2WD: This crew will remove obstructions at the existing creek crossing that is causing the creek to back up during spring runoff. Camp will be located on a bench above the creek crossing after a moderate 4- mile hike from the remote Eddiesville trailhead. The work will involve some wading in the creek and appropriate footwear is recommended. Elevation 10,000 ft., Segment 19, Gunnison Ranger District
Crew 1517
Illinois Creek
$40
August 19 – 25
(7-day)

Dave Landers
ct.llamadave@gmail.com
970-225-9605
BACKPACK HCV: This crew will build 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 the Taylor Lake basin 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 1,000 ft of climbing from the end of the Illinois Creek road and will include some moderate off-trail hiking. USFS pack string support will be provided to shuttle tools on the trail section of the approach. This will be a strenuous crew at high elevation, much of it above timberline. Elevation 12,000 ft., Segment CW02, Gunnison Ranger District
Crew 1617
Elk Creek
$40
September 2 – 8
(7-day)

Connie Wian
cjwian@frontier.net
970-259-8840
BACKPACK 2WD: Work will consist of transporting heavy rocks to rip rap a bank of Elk Creek to protect the trail from erosion. Additional work will consist of continuing to dismantle the logjam that is forcing Elk Creek into the eroding bank. This work will involve some wading in the creek and appropriate footwear is recommended. The project site is an approximate 1-mile moderate hike from camp. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad is donating transport of crew members and tools to the Elk Park flagstop. This is a backpack-style crew, even though camp is only a short walk from the flagstop. This is a very strenuous crew at moderate elevation. Elevation 9,000 ft., Segment 24, Columbine Ranger District
Crew 1717
CTF Field Operations Center
$60
TBD (Probably October)
(4-day)

George Miller
glmctf@comcast.net
719-641-8968
BASECAMP 2WD: Join us in completing the CTF Field Operations Center in Poncha Springs and getting it ready for use. Work will consist of completing landscaping, spreading gravel, installing shelving, and similar tasks. Camping will be available on the FOC property. Elevation 7,500 ft.

 

Group Photo of a Volunteer Trail Crew