National Trails Day is June 4
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will celebrate National Trails Day in a big way this year. On tap are four projects spanning the Roaring Fork Valley. National Trails Day, this Saturday, is a nationwide effort sponsored by the American Hiking Society. It annually attracts millions of volunteers who pitch in to maintain and repair local trails.This year, RFOV has partnered with Summit Canyon Mountaineering, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, the town of Snowmass Village, the Aspen Cycling Club, Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, Bristlecone Sports and the city of Glenwood Springs.RFOV is sponsoring four projects: the Scout Trail in Glenwood Springs, the Arbaney-Kittle Trail in Basalt, the Rim Trail in Snowmass Village and the Sunnyside Trail in Aspen.
Volunteers should bring a sack lunch, a hat, sunscreen, plenty of water and wear layered clothing as the day may start out cool and warm up considerably, said RFOV director David Hamilton. RFOV will provide tools and materials. National Trails Day is aimed at people “who don’t normally work on trails and who might (want) do so,” Hamilton said.Over the 10 years since its inception, RFOV has improved trails from New Castle to Aspen. It is only in the last four that it has had enough manpower, in staff and volunteers, to work on several projects at once on National Trails Day, traditionally held on the first Saturday in June.Last year, the event attracted 131 volunteers in the valley, Hamilton said. “It’s the highest number of locals we’ve had working on trails in one day. This year we’re hoping to go higher,” he said.In Glenwood Springs, volunteers will focus on the Scout Trail, which winds up Lookout Mountain just east of town. RFOV worked on the upper, steeper reaches of the trail in 1999, Hamilton said, and on the lower portion in 2004.
This year’s project will concentrate on diverting water from the narrow upper trail which is very rutted in parts. Workers will install water bars, which will stabilize the trail by preventing further erosion, Hamilton said.Previous projects on the Scout Trail “have really improved it a lot,” he said. “We’re trying to do things that have a lasting value.”Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the trailhead at the end of Eighth Street where breakfast will be served by Summit Canyon Mountaineering.Summit has organized donations from local restaurants for dinner, which will be served around 4 p.m. It will also provide goodie bags for all volunteers and will raffle off Salomon shoes, a water filter, a first aid kit, a waist pack for runners and T-shirts.
Volunteers will be shuttled up to the top of Lookout Mountain and work their way down the trail, Hamilton said.Communities in Motion will host Trails Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. Stop by for free maps of community trails, treats and goodies and a chance to shuffle off with an iPOD Shuffle. Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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