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2019 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys I Saturday - Sunday Jul 13, 2019 - Jul 14, 2019

Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek Saturday - Sunday Jul 20, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019

Find Your 14er: Mt. Elbert Saturday - Sunday Jul 27, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019

Alpine Restoration: Summit Lake Saturday - Sunday Aug 03, 2019 - Aug 04, 2019

Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys II Saturday - Sunday Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 11, 2019

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry I Saturday - Monday Aug 17, 2019 - Aug 19, 2019

Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry II Friday - Sunday Aug 23, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019

Trails: Hippo I Saturday - Sunday Aug 24, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019


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Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys I

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 13, 2019 - Sunday Jul 14, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Grays and Torreys Peak is too popular! Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine. This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route leading up. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.


Note: These alpine projects are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, often requiring a hike in to the work site and sometimes carrying materials and personal gear. We will be camping above 9,000 ft. and hiking to the worksite each morning.

Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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Alpine Restoration: South Park Road Removal - Sheep Creek

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative
Wild Connections
Park County Land and Water Trust Fund
Park County Department of Heritage, Tourism & Community Development
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 20, 2019 - Sunday Jul 21, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Beneath Sheep mountain, down under Sheep ridge lays the majestic Sheep Creek, join us here for this lovely July weekend restoring the land in community. During this two-day project we will be removing and restoring a degraded and illegal road. This is an overnight project, so please come prepared with weather-appropriate camping gear and attire! And, be ready for good food and fun times once we wrap up work for the day. Be sure to bring your paddle, lest we find ourselves up Sheep Creek without 'em.

WRV is pleased to be working with long-time partners, the Pike San Isabel National Forest, Wild Connections and Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI).


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Find Your 14er: Mt. Elbert

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Very Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 With an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 27, 2019 - Sunday Jul 28, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Mt Elbert has some of the worst conditions with an estimated 1.5 million cubic feet of sediment already lost due to erosion. The current trail passes through habitat for local and globally sensitive species, as noted by the USFS. Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine species.
Team up with WRV and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to give back to Colorado's highest peak! This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route on Mt Elbert's East Ridge. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun transplanting native vegetation, hauling/decompacting soil, installing wattles for soil stabilization, installing check dams, and constructing retaining walls.

Note: This difficult back-country project will require a 2.5 mile hike to basecamp, with nearly 1,500 ft elevation gain. We will set up camp near 11,700 ft and hike a short but strenuous distance (up to 1 mile) from base-camp to the project site to help restore a closed section of trail on Mt. Elbert's East Ridge.

Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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Alpine Restoration: Summit Lake

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Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 03, 2019 - Sunday Aug 04, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Echo Lake and Summit Lake Parks are the beginning and end of a spectacular trail through Chicago Basin toward Mt. Evans. Due to the popularity of this area, these parks are heavily impacted. WRV has been working on these popular and majestic areas for several years with amazing results.

This year, volunteers will be camping at Echo Lake and driving up to Summit Lake each day to plant small alpine plants and use other techniques to restore the native tundra. Both lakes offer breathtaking views in a stunning alpine environment.

Please note: Friday night arrival is encouraged to set up camp and acclimatize.


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Find Your 14er: Grays & Torreys II

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 With Adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 10, 2019 - Sunday Aug 11, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Grays and Torreys Peak is too popular! Because usage well exceeds the capacity of the current trail, the primary summit route has been degraded to the point where visitors walk off trail and destroy the sensitive alpine. This project will restore and maintain the ecological and recreational value of the extremely high use route leading up. Aside from stunning views and great company you can expect to have some fun building/closing social trails, creating rock check dams, constructing plank retaining walls, adding soil fill, transplanting local vegetation, and maybe even doing a little alpine seeding.


Note: These alpine projects are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, often requiring a hike in to the work site and sometimes carrying materials and personal gear. We will be camping above 9,000 ft. and hiking to the worksite each morning.

Please be considerate and only sign up if you are willing and able to commit to the full project. Last minute cancellations are extremely detrimental to getting all the work done and our ability to hold projects like this in the future.


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Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry I

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Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 17, 2019 - Monday Aug 19, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Join us in the spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness, west of Brainard Lake. This area is one of the most popular wilderness areas in the country, which has caused a great deal of impact to the Mitchell Lake Trail. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance and reroute sections away from sensitive wetlands. Normally, this area is closed for camping, but WRV has special permission to camp in the backcountry near our work site.

Llamas will be used before the project to haul food and gear into the site. This is a three-day project, Saturday-Monday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Friday afternoon/evening to set up their camp and acclimatize. Volunteers who can make all three days will be given preference. WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding!


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Trails: Indian Peaks Backcountry II

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Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Friday Aug 23, 2019 - Sunday Aug 25, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Join us in the spectacular Indian Peaks Wilderness, west of Brainard Lake. This area is one of the most popular wilderness areas in the country, which has caused a great deal of impact to the Pawnee Pass trail. Volunteers will perform trail maintenance and reroute sections away from sensitive wetlands. Normally, this area is closed for camping, but WRV has special permission to camp in the backcountry near our work site.

Llamas will be used to haul food and gear into the site. This is a three-day project, Friday-Sunday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Thursday afternoon/evening to set up their camp and acclimatize. Volunteers who can make all three days will be given preference. WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding!


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Trails: Hippo I

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Climax Molybdenum, a Freeport-McMoRan Company
The Summit Foundation
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 24, 2019 - Sunday Aug 25, 2019 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Join us on this overnight trail building project near beautiful Keystone! Hippo connects to the Colorado Trail and the Continental Divide Trail, but was built in an unsustainable and unsanctioned location. In partnership with the US Forest Service, this is the start of a two-year effort to sustainably re-route Hippo trail--so get ready to put tools to dirt! We will be constructing new trail in a more sustainable location, before restoring the old trail in 2020.


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