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2016 Volunteer Trail Crew Schedule

  • Overview with 2016 crews general information and sign up process
  • Brochure - printable version of the 2016 Crews Brochure
  • Registration & Waiver - printable version of 2016 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 camping 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. Crew members on multiday crews assist with camp setup, preparing meals, kitchen cleanup, and camp takedown. Weeklong (7- or 8-day) crews typically include Wednesdays off. Contact the crew leader for 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

Drive-In: Crews meet at a location accessible by vehicle, where camp is set up for multiday crews. Work sites may be nearby or require a hike of reasonable distance. Some crews may require a drive each day and a hike if a campsite is not accessible to the work site on foot.

2WD: Crew meeting location is accessible by 2-wheel-drive vehicles.

High Clearance Vehicle or HCV: Access to meeting location involves rougher roads than 2WD crews. High-clearance vehicles are recommended, but 4-wheel-drive is not required.

4WD: Access to meeting location involves rough and steep roads of varying length. A high-clearance vehicle with low-range 4-wheel-drive is recommended.

Backpack: Volunteers backpack to camp, carrying personal gear and one or more tools. Crews are self-supported, with volunteers responsible for their own food and cooking equipment. Backpack crews sometimes move camp one or more times during the week.

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 0116
Morrison Creek
$20

May 21 – 22
(2-day)

Cindy Johnson
303-507-7762

Drive-in 2WD: This crew will clear a half-mile realignment corridor in the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area in preparation for Crew 0216 trail construction. The work site is a half-mile from the campsite beside Morrison Creek. Elevation 7,600 feet, Segment 3, South Platte Ranger District.
Crew 0216
Morrison Creek
$60
June 4 – 11
(8-day)

Glenn Kepler
303-278-7795
Drive-in 2WD: A half-mile of realigned trail will be built in the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area to replace a rutted section with poor drainage. The work site is a half-mile from the campsite beside Morrison Creek. Hike or bike the extensive Buffalo Creek trail system on your day off. Elevation 7,600 feet, Segment 3, South Platte Ranger District.
Crew 0316
Junction Creek
$60
June 11 – 18
(8-day)

Tom Brooksher
303-882-6756
Drive-in 2WD: This crew will rebuild rocky, eroded switchbacks along Junction Creek near the southern terminus of The Colorado Trail. The work site is a 1.5-mile, mostly level hike from Junction Creek Campground near Durango. Wednesday-off opportunities include Mesa Verde, a train ride, rafting and hot springs. Elevation 7,400 feet, Segment 28, Columbine Ranger District.
Crew 0416
Middle Fork
$60
June 18 – 25
(8-day)

Scott Smith and Laura Brieser-Smith
303-410-0355
Drive-in 4WD: Crew members will build new trail, relocating a portion of the Collegiate West off road. Camp will be at the Boss Lake trailhead, approximately 1.5 miles up a rough 4-wheel-drive road. The worksite is a 1-mile hike from camp. Hike to Boss or Hunt Lakes, or climb one of the area peaks on your day off. Elevation 10,500 feet, Segment CW05, Salida Ranger District.
Crew 0516
Horseshoe Gulch
$10
June 18
(1-day)

Brent Adams
719-530-1028
Drive-in 2WD: This crew will build and clean drainage structures on this section of trail near Breckenridge. Lunch provided. Elevation 10,000 feet, Segment 6, Dillon Ranger District.
Crew 0616
Women-Only
Winfield
$30
June 24 – 26
(3-day)

Cindy Johnson
303-507-7762
Drive-in 2WD: This year's women's crew will maintain tread on one of the newer sections of the Collegiate West. Camp will be in the Clear Creek Valley near Winfield. Worksites will be up to 3 miles from camp. Elevation 10,000 feet, Segment CW02, Leadville Ranger District.
Crew 0716
Middle Fork
$60
June 25 – July 2
(8-day)

Bill Carpenter
303-444-2024
Drive-in 4WD: See description for Crew 0416.
Crew 0816
South Clear Creek
$60
June 26 – July 2
(7-day)

Cindy Johnson
303-507-7762
Drive-in 4WD: This crew will construct drains and check steps through a wet and entrenched section of trail in the Collegiate West. Camp will be in the Clear Creek Valley near Winfield. The worksite is accessed via a rough 2-mile, 4-wheel-drive road, followed by a 1-mile hike. Crew members without 4-wheel-drive can carpool with others. Climb Mount Huron or hike to Lake Ann or the Three Apostles Basin on your off day. Elevation 10,800 feet, Segment CW02, Leadville Ranger District.
Crew 0916
La Garita
$30
July 2 – 9
(8-day)

Loren Woods
720-940-8082
Backpack: Crew members will cut brush from overgrown sections of the trail and construct and clean drains west of San Luis Pass in the Mineral Creek Basin. This will be a strenuous week at high elevation, much of it above timberline, with camp moving more than once during the week. On Wednesday, enjoy a day off by climbing a nearby peak or hiking in the area. Elevation 12,000-plus feet, Segment 21, Gunnison Ranger District.
Crew 1016
Flume Creek
$10
July 9
(1-day)

Scott Smith and Laura Brieser-Smith
303-410-0355
Drive-in 2WD: This crew will remove and replace rotting planks on the bridge over Flume Creek, near the Interlaken historic site at Twin Lakes. It required a 2-mile, mostly level, hike to the worksite. Lunch will be provided. Elevation 9,200 feet, Segment CW01, Leadville Ranger District.
Crew 1116
South Cottonwood Creek
$30
July 15 – 17
(3-day)

John and Elayna Lipe
720-891-1140
Drive-in 2WD: Crew members will remove and replace planks and rebuild the approaches to the bridge over South Cottonwood Creek. They also will build a short trail realignment where South Cottonwood Creek has undercut the bank along the trail. Camp will be at the Avalanche Trailhead near the CT crossing of Middle Cottonwood Creek, a short drive from the worksite. Elevation 9,000 feet, Segment 13, Salida Ranger District.
Crew 1216
Hancock
$60
July 16 – 22
(7-day)

Glenn Kepler
303-278-7795
Drive-in High-Clearance Vehicle: The crew will build new trail above the old railroad grade near the ghost town of Hancock, moving the trail off a 4-wheel-drive road. Camp will be near the Hancock townsite. On your day off, hike to the historic Alpine Tunnel or bike to the Tincup Pass Road. Or, for a more relaxing outing, soak in the Mount Princeton Hot Springs. Elevation 11,500 feet, Segment CW04, Salida Ranger District.
Crew 1316
Searle Pass
$30
July 23 – 30
(8-day)

Paul Smith
719-964-7488
Backpack: Campsite for this crew requires a moderate 1-mile off-trail backpack to Searle Gulch. Projects include repairing entrenched tread and constructing drains on wet sections of trail in the basin south of Searle Pass. Strenuous off-trail hikes to work locations above timberline will be required. On Wednesday, you can relax in camp, climb a nearby peak, or photograph wildflowers. Elevation 11,500 feet, Segment 8, Dillon Ranger District.
Crew 1416
Hancock
$60
July 31 – Aug. 6
(7-day)

Loren Woods
720-940-8082
Drive-in High-Clearance Vehicle: See description for Crew 1216.
Crew 1516
Morrison Creek
$10
August 6
(1-day)

Scott Smith and Laura Brieser-Smith
303-410-0355
Drive-in 2WD: This crew will reclaim the existing trail that was realigned by Crew 0216. Lunch will be provided. Elevation 7,600 feet, Segment 3, South Platte Ranger District.
Crew 1616
Molas Pass
$60
August 13 – 20
(8-day)

Betsy and John Sylvester
303-548-9727
Drive-in 2WD: Crew members will construct approximately 0.7 miles of realigned trail to replace an eroding section above Molas Pass. It requires a 1.5 -mile hike to the worksite above timberline. Camp will be at Molas Lake Campground. On Wednesday, visit Silverton, take a train ride, or climb one of the peaks above camp. Elevation 11,000 feet, Segment 25, Columbine Ranger District.
Crew 1716
Maxwell Creek
$20
August 25 – 28
(4-day)

Paul Smith
719-964-7488
Backpack: This requires a moderate 3-mile backpack to a streamside campsite above the Arkansas River Valley. Projects include rebuilding two failing retaining walls and repairing two primitive bridges. Elevation 9,800 feet, Segment 13, Salida Ranger District.
Crew 1816
Kenosha Pass
$10
September 24
(1-day)
Brent Adams 719-530-1028 and Cindy Johnson
303-507-7762
Drive-in 2WD: Join us on National Public Lands Day as we build and clean drains on the CT east of Kenosha Pass. Lunch provided. Elevation 10,400 feet, Segment 5, South Park Ranger District.

 

Group Photo of a Volunteer Trail Crew