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Lend a hand on National Trails Day

Want to lose some of those extra pounds you gained over winter?On Saturday, June 3, we have a chance to get some exercise outdoors and make a difference at the same time. In the United States the first Saturday in June is designated National Trails Day.On a national level, the American Hiking Society organizes events to promote public awareness of and appreciation for America’s trails.Locally, the White River National Forest and the Glenwood Springs Field Office of the BLM along with two of their partners are sponsoring three events on June 3.The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) are expecting about 50 people to help do trail maintenance on the upper portion of Scout Trail and the first one to two miles of Forest Hollow Trail.Scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., dinner will be served after work. You will need to contact RFOV to sign up. The meeting place in Glenwood Springs is yet to be determined. Call (970) 927-8241, e-mail rfov@sopris.net or visit their Web site at http://www.rfov.org for further information.For those who want to help on another Roaring Fork Valley trail, RFOV will also be working on the first one to two miles of Sunnyside Trail near Aspen. Times are the same as the event above with dinner also being served after work. Registration will be at Stein Park.For us downvalley dwellers, Stein Park is 42 miles from Glenwood Springs.Follow Highway 82 east toward Aspen. Pass the stoplight at the Airport and pass through the roundabout at Maroon Creek Road. Turn left at the stoplight intersection of Highway 82 and Cemetery Lane. Go 1.1 miles on Cemetery Lane to Stein Park.The Forest Conservancy will help the Forest Service staff with assorted children’s programs and workshops along the Hanging Lake Trail off I-70, 10 miles east of Glenwood Springs, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.Participants need to be prepared for a short but steep and strenuous 1.2 mile hike with 1,000 foot elevation gain to the falls.Water will be available at the rest area, but no food will be provided. The Hanging Lake trailhead is located only 300 yards east of the rest area parking lot on the bike path along the Colorado River. There you have it. An opportunity to get outdoors, get some exercise and give a few hours to learn about and keep our trails maintained.Started in 1993, National Trails Day has grown to over 3,000 events across America. Aside form promoting public awareness of America’s trail system, the original idea was also to encourage cooperation between different trail users.It may even provide an opportunity for the often combative tree-huggers and motor-heads to lay down their swords for the day and actually cooperate. Imagine that.Being an avid hiker and backpacker since I was a teenager, you may see me out on one of these projects.One favor, though. Don’t ask me about my favorite trails.Let an old man keep a few secrets.With over 25 years of experience in federal land management agencies, Bill Kight, of Glenwood Springs, shares his love for the outdoors with readers every other week.


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