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Hanging Lake closed Saturday for work on trail; volunteers sought

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers at work on the Hanging Lake Trail.
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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is looking for folks interested in spending a Saturday working on the Hanging Lake trail — without the crowds that have plagued the attraction all summer.

The trail will be closed all day while volunteers make improvements to the Spouting Rock Trail, erect barriers to protect the delicate wetland between the lake and the falls, and replace aging wooden benches along the main trail.

“This is the finishing touches on what we had started a couple years ago. It’s so important with the amount of use it’s getting that we try to keep that trail in good shape,” said RFOV executive director J. David Hamilton. “We’ll have the place to ourselves, which is quite the treat.”

Only around 20 people have signed up so far, but Hamilton is hoping for some last-minute additions.

“We have plenty of work to do,” he said. “You don’t have to be super brawny to help.”

To sign up, visit tinyurl.com/RFOVhanginglake. Work begins at 8:30 a.m. and carries on until 4 p.m., when volunteers are rewarded with dinner at the rest area. The current forecast calls for a warm, sunny day, but dress for Colorado in September. Bring work gloves, a sack lunch, and water — RFOV will supply the rest.

“Bring yourself, bring you friends, and come out and have a good day with us,” Hamilton said.

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