LETTER: Crystal River trail safer with RFOV help | PostIndependent.com

LETTER: Crystal River trail safer with RFOV help

Along the Crystal River between River Valley Ranch and Hendrick Ranch, there is a beautiful, little-known, quarter-mile section of primitive trail along the river’s riparian edge. Over the years this primitive trail has been utilized by neighborhood families, kids and people of all ages, including seniors from the Carbondale Senior Housing Development.  The trail has been a great place for many to walk, fish, play, and escape and reflect with nature with Mount Sopris as a backdrop.  

The last couple of years the Crystal River has eroded the shoreline bank where a 20-yard section of trail once meandered very close to the river.  This made it very difficult to navigate and walk this steep bank where the section of trail once existed. 

On May 17, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers organized and supervised several volunteer trail work crews made up of kids, teens, adults and seniors to rebuild this washed away section of trail. More than 36 volunteers worked all day to thin out overgrown vegetation, construct by hand a dry stack rock retaining wall, and then backfill it with stones, gravel and sand for people to walk along. It is now the longest rock retaining wall ever built by RFOV.  

I would like to thank RFOV Director David Hamilton and his entire staff. Thanks also to all the volunteers who put in an intensive day of hard work reconstructing this trail. Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that donated toward the project: MRI, Dos Gringos, River Valley Ranch, Louis Swiss Pastry, Aspen Parks and town of Carbondale. It truly was a valleywide effort of volunteers, giving of themselves to re-gift a trail for the benefit of all who walk it regularly. 

Jeff Jackel

Recreation director, town of Carbondale

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