RFOV to work on Mitchell Creek Trail for National Public Lands Day
In a continuing effort to restore a trail that was almost abandoned, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will improve and rebuild trail sections on the first two miles of this scenic hiking trail located west of Glenwood Springs off I-70, on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Held on National Public Lands Day, this project will focus on removing down trees, trimming back the overgrown vegetation, improving several stream crossings by repairing bridges, building rock retaining walls and performing other repairs on the first two miles of this 6-mile trail, considered one of Glenwood’s more strenuous hikes.
RFOV is enlisting volunteers for the work day, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with dinner and beverages at the completion of the project.
In past years the Mitchell Creek Trail had fallen into disrepair and become overgrown and impassable to the point that the U.S. Forest Service considered closing it. In 2012, RFOV gathered several groups of volunteers and started work on the first mile and a half convincing the Forest Service it was worth a full restoration effort. The Forest Service followed up with additional clearing of deadfall on more than two miles of the trail. If this project goes well, RFOV plans to continue work on the Mitchell Creek Trail in the future.
RFOV and its project partners provide the tools, materials, leadership, and dinner after each work session. Project sponsors for the Mitchell Trail project include the U.S. Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation Ski Conservation Fund, and the Environment Foundation of the Aspen Skiing Company, Bank of Colorado, and Two Rivers Trails.
Now in its 18th season of trail work and conservation projects, RFOV has helped land managers and other organizations create and maintain dozens of trails and natural areas on public lands from Aspen to Rifle.
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Glenwood Springs’ officials continue to ask residents and visitors to use caution particularly around river access points within the city’s numerous parks.