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2015 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Coal Creek Flood Restoration Saturday Apr 18, 2015

O'Fallon Park Trail Restoration Saturday May 09, 2015

Coal Creek Flood Restoration - Take Two: Rescheduled Date! Sunday May 31, 2015

Genesee Summit Trail Project Saturday Jun 06, 2015

Trail Restoration with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Friday Jun 12, 2015

Echo Lake Trail Restoration Saturday - Sunday Jun 20, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015

Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector - Part 1 Saturday
Sunday
Jul 18, 2015
Jul 19, 2015

Mt. Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration I Saturday - Monday Aug 08, 2015 - Aug 10, 2015

Mt. Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration II Friday - Sunday Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015

Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector - Part 2 Saturday
Sunday
Aug 15, 2015
Aug 16, 2015

McCullough Gulch Trail Reroute and Rehab Saturday - Sunday Aug 22, 2015 - Aug 23, 2015

Summit Lake Trail & Alpine Restoration Saturday - Sunday Aug 29, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015

Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector Part 3 Saturday Sep 26, 2015

Bergen Peak Trail Restoration Saturday Oct 03, 2015

Barr Lake State Park -Bergman Trail Construction Saturday Oct 17, 2015


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Coal Creek Flood Restoration

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Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS

Date(s):
SaturdayApr 18, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Join us this Spring as we continue the important flood restoration work we began last year along Coal Creek! We're picking up this year a little further downstream from where we worked in 2014 to restore stream side vegetation along the newly repaired trail at the Public Road Trailhead in Lafayette, CO. Volunteers will seed, plant native shrubs and install willow poles to help stabilize the new creek banks and restore the native ecosystem along Coal Creek.

The flood of September, 2013, caused severe damage to streams and trails across the northern Front Range, particularly Boulder County. The popular Coal Creek Regional Trail, in Lafayette, was severely damaged, as flood waters washed away the trail and much of the stream-side vegetation.

At the end of our project work day stick around and join in the Grand Reopening of the Public Road Trailhead! This very popular access point to the Coal Creek Regional Trail is officially reopening and the City is planning festivities to which we're invited from 3pm onward!

8:30-2:30pm approx

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs, construct a fence and a short section of crusher fine trail. No experience necessary.

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O'Fallon Park Trail Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 09, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

7:45am-4:00pm

The O'Fallon, Corwina, and Pence Parks are among the most popular and heavily used of the Denver Mountain Park system, established in the early 1900s.

This trail system takes hikes through some amazingly beautiful areas but many of the original routes were unsustainable, creating a muddy rutted trail. Last year WRV began the process of rerouting and moving the trails to areas with better drainage. This year we will finish constructing and rerouting the last sections of trail and restore the old trail alignments with planting and seeding. The project includes basic trail construction, restoration and rock work, so it is suitable for beginners and experienced volunteers alike.

After a beautiful 40-minute hike you'll be rewarded with a stunning vista where we'll be building new trail!

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Coal Creek Flood Restoration - Take Two: Rescheduled Date!

SCHEDULED
Easy    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS

Date(s):
SundayMay 31, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Rain may have sent us away April 18, but we will not be deterred! This is the rescheduled date for Coal Creek!

If you are re-registering as a WRV leader, please note that in the Comments section and the role you'd like to play.

Join us this Spring as we continue the important flood restoration work we began last year along Coal Creek! We're picking up this year a little further downstream from where we worked in 2014 to restore stream side vegetation along the newly repaired trail at the Public Road Trailhead in Lafayette, CO. Volunteers will plant native shrubs and install willow poles to help stabilize the new creek banks and restore the native ecosystem along Coal Creek.

The flood of September, 2013, caused severe damage to streams and trails across the northern Front Range, particularly Boulder County. The popular Coal Creek Regional Trail, in Lafayette, was severely damaged, as flood waters washed away the trail and much of the stream-side vegetation.

8:30-4:00pm approx

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs, construct a fence and a short section of crusher fine trail. No experience necessary.

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Genesee Summit Trail Project

SCHEDULED
Come celebrate National Trails Day!

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 06, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 100

8am-4pm approx

Enjoy the great outdoors on National Trails Day June 6 and improve trails at beautiful Genesee Park.

This Denver Mountain Park trail between Denver and Idaho Springs is in poor eroding conditions making it difficult for visitors to find the correct route to the summit.
Volunteers will help solve this problem once and for all by constructing a single sustainable trail from the Genesee Mountain Shelter to the summit.
This will require closing more than 2,400 feet of badly eroding trail and building over 1,600 feet of new trail. Without this important work the trail may continue to erode to the point it would have to be closed to the public. Not only will the work be extremely rewarding but the site will provide 360 degree views of the front range!



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Trail Restoration with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Partial Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
FridayJun 12, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 40

This special event for NREL employees along with friends and families.

In Golden, CO the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) backs up to a beautiful area or Jefferson County Open Space. Public users and NREL personnel often enjoy hiking, running, and biking here. Recently however, NREL noticed certain sections of the trail running through the property were becoming greatly eroded. Working in partnership with NREL, Jefferson County and WRV we restore sections of this trail to more sustainable standards.

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Echo Lake Trail Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 20, 2015 - SundayJun 21, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Friday night arrival highly recommended.
7:30am-3:30pm approx Sat - Sun

Nestled in the shadow of majestic Mt. Evans and often as clear as a sheet of glass is the second oldest lake in Colorado: Echo Lake.
The beauty of this lake combined with its easy access from the Denver metropolitan area has led to a huge impact and future threat to the ecology of the area. Sections of the shoreline have seen so much use they are barren and washing away.
Volunteers will help to stabilize and protect these areas through planting, seeding and erosion control with rock. While some volunteers are focusing on the shoreline others will venture more "inland" to help concentrate visitor use to designated areas. This will help minimize the impact on the overall area and allow parts of the park to begin to be restored. After a hard days work everyone will head back to camp for a fun night and some delicious food.

Friday Night Arrival is highly encouraged to acclimate to working at higher elevations.

Volunteers will car-camp Friday and Saturday night at Echo Lake in an area normally closed to camping.

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Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector - Part 1

SCHEDULED
Thank You - Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, Colorado Mountain Club & WRV Volunteers and leaders!

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 18, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60
SundayJul 19, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Enjoy the summer sounds and sights at this beautiful mountain location. The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is one of the most popular wilderness access points in the United States, receiving over 130,000 visitors per year. To reduce impacts on the Wilderness, the US Forest Service created the new Brainard Gateway Trailhead and asked WRV to help improve the trail corridor from there to the wilderness trailheads three miles away.

HISTORY
In 2012, WRV, with the help of Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) and Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), restored habitat around the Gateway, constructed a connector trail from this new trailhead to the Sourdough Trail. In 2013, the same partners constructed a trail connecting the Gateway Trailhead and Sourdough Trail to the Waldrop Trail. In 2014, we constructed a connector trail from the Waldrop trail to Red Rock Lake Trailhead.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
In 2015, volunteers will construct a much needed trail from scenic Brainard Lake to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead. The project includes some interesting rock work for "rock hounds" and plenty of basic trail construction for beginners new to trail construction. This event is Part 1 of a project that will culminate on August 15-16.

Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet and camp nearby at a beautiful forested site normally closed to the public.

We are once again happy to be partnering with the US Forest Service, Colorado Mountain Club and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance on this project and are grateful for funding from the Arapaho Roosevelt Pawnee Foundation and Colorado State Trails Program.

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Mt. Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration I

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 08, 2015 - MondayAug 10, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 14

SAT-SUN-MON - all days required

The Bierstadt trail is one of the most used 14er routes in the state, given its convenient location near human populations. The area is truly spectacular and a great setting for a wilderness restoration project. Group size is limited by Wilderness regulations, so a very small group of thirteen volunteers will get the opportunity to restore to nature a user-created route that is being replaced by a new and much more sustainable trail alignment.
This project is part of a partnership with Colorado Fourteeners and the US Forest Service to re-route large sections of the entire trail in an effort to create a single sustainable route to the summit. 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.

This is the first project in a two-part series of back-to-back projects. You are welcome to sign up for one or both. The commitment to these projects are very important to us. Please make sure you can attend when you register. Finding replacements at the last minute will reflect badly on those who cancel.

Note: These are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, requiring up to a 2 mile hike carrying materials and personal gear. We will be camping above 10,000 ft at a site along an old Forest Service Road that will require a moderate hike to get to. This project will have a back country feel with the convenience of being relatively close to vehicles.

Previous backpacking experience is recommended and registrants will be required to speak with the trip leader prior to being confirmed for the expedition.

Early arrival on the first day and a COMMITMENT TO ALL THREE DAYS REQUIRED. Due to the group size limit we are only able to bring 13 volunteers. 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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Mt. Bierstadt 14er Trail Restoration II

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation

Date(s):
FridayAug 14, 2015 - SundayAug 16, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 14

FRI-SAT-SUN all days required

The Bierstadt trail is one of the most used 14er routes in the state for good reason. The area is truly spectacular and a great setting for a wilderness restoration project. The group size is limited by Wilderness regulations, so a small group of only thirteen volunteers will get the opportunity to restore a user created route that is being replaced by new and much more sustainable trail alignment. This project is part of a partnership with Colorado Fourteeners and the US Forest Service to re-route large sections of the entire trail in an effort to create a single sustainable route to the summit. 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.

This is the second project in a two part series of back-to-back projects.

�Note: These are some of WRV's most amazing projects but are also very strenuous, requiring up to a 2 mile hike carrying materials and personal gear. We will be camping above 10,000 ft at a site along an old Forest Service Road that will require a moderate hike to get to. This project will have a back country feel with the convenience of being relatively close to vehicles.

Previous backpacking experience is recommended and registrants are required to speak with the trip leader prior to being confirmed for the expedition.

Early arrival on the first day and a COMMITMENT TO ALL THREE DAYS IS REQUIRED. Due to the exremely small group size limit, we are only able to sign up 13 volunteers. 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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Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector - Part 2

SCHEDULED
Thank You - Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, Colorado Mountain Club & WRV Volunteers and leaders!

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 15, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60
SundayAug 16, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Friday night arrival encouraged

7:30am-4pm approx Sat-Sun

Enjoy the summer sounds and sights at this beautiful mountain location. The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is one of the most popular wilderness access points in the United States, receiving over 130,000 visitors per year. To reduce impacts on the Wilderness, the US Forest Service created the new Brainard Gateway Trailhead and asked WRV to help improve the trail corridor from there to the wilderness trailheads three miles away.

HISTORY
In 2012, WRV, with the help of Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) and Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), restored habitat around the Gateway, constructed a connector trail from this new trailhead to the Sourdough Trail. In 2013, the same partners constructed a trail connecting the Gateway Trailhead and Sourdough Trail to the Waldrop Trail. In 2014, we constructed a connector trail from the Waldrop trail to Red Rock Lake Trailhead.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
In 2015, volunteers will construct a much needed trail from scenic Brainard Lake to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead. The project includes some interesting rock work for "rock hounds" and plenty of basic trail construction for beginners new to trail construction. This event is Part 2 of a project that began on July 18-19.

Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet and camp nearby at a beautiful forested site normally closed to the public. We urge you to arrive on Friday night in order to acclimate and set up your tent.

We are once again happy to be partnering with the US Forest Service, Colorado Mountain Club and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance on this project and are grateful for funding from the Arapaho Roosevelt Pawnee Foundation and Colorado State Trails Program.

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McCullough Gulch Trail Reroute and Rehab

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Climax Molybdenum

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 22, 2015 - SundayAug 23, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

Friday night arrival encouraged.

7:30am-3:30pm approx Sat-Sun

Just over eight miles outside of Breckenridge lies what the Summit County Explorer says is "the" hike you should do if you can only do one in Summit County. This beautiful trail gives you the feeling of being lost in the woods as it winds up past a series of waterfalls before reaching a beautiful glacier-carved lake It currently includes a central loop which, though increased use, now serves as a central point for a myriad of social trails that crisscross it and branch out beyond. Often, users will hear the waterfall from the opposite side of the loop and make a bee-line right for it.



On this project we will seek the solve the root of the problem. Volunteers will permanently close half of the central loop and restore the surrounding social trails. By making this closure, users will be presented with a single, unified route, and will no longer be prompted to cut between opposite points on the loop.

Come spend your weekend camping out in this amazing place and giving back to the lands we all love so much.

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Summit Lake Trail & Alpine Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 29, 2015 - SundayAug 30, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Friday night arrival encouraged.

7:30am-3:30pm approx Sat-Sun

Summit Lake Park is heavily impacted by recreational use. WRV has been working on this popular and majestic area for several years with amazing results. In the last few years we are seeing more visitors staying on trail where they belong, and more vegetation growing off-trail where it belongs!
This year we will beplanting seedlings collected at the same site last year in order to stabilize steep eroding slopes!

Friday night arrival is recommended - 10,600 feet in elevation - to acclimate yourself prior to working early the next morning.

We'll be working at Summit Lake, at 12,800 feet, were we will be planting small alpine plants that were grown from seeds that were collected on this site by WRV volunteers and grown out in partnership with Denver Mountain Parks. We'll also be doing some interesting slope stabilization, so join us to learn, give back and have fun!


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Brainard Mitchell Lake Trail Connector Part 3

SCHEDULED
Thank You - Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, Colorado Mountain Club & WRV Volunteers and leaders!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 26, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 60

9am-4:30pm approx

Fall is the perfect time to get up to the Brainard Lake Recreation Area and see the leaves start changing color. This is one of the most popular wilderness access points in the United States, receiving over 130,000 visitors per year. To reduce impacts on the Wilderness, the US Forest Service created the new Brainard Gateway Trailhead and asked WRV to help improve the trail corridor from there to the wilderness trailheads three miles away.

HISTORY
In 2012, WRV, with the help of Boulder Mountainbike Alliance (BMA) and Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), restored habitat around the Gateway, constructed a connector trail from this new trailhead to the Sourdough Trail. In 2013, the same partners constructed a trail connecting the Gateway Trailhead and Sourdough Trail to the Waldrop Trail. In 2014, we constructed a connector trail from the Waldrop trail to Red Rock Lake Trailhead.

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
In 2015, volunteers will construct a much needed trail from scenic Brainard Lake to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead. The project includes some interesting rock work for "rock hounds" and plenty of basic trail construction for beginners new to trail construction. This event is the final capstone project in a series that began in July. This project will finish the last touches making this critical connector and help with some important trail repair work farther up the Mitchell Lake Trail.

Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet.

We are once again happy to be partnering with the US Forest Service, Colorado Mountain Club and Boulder Mountainbike Alliance on this project and are grateful for funding from the Arapaho Roosevelt Pawnee Foundation and Colorado State Trails Program.

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Bergen Peak Trail Restoration

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 03, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 50

8:30am-4pm approx

This trail project is going to be huge! So huge in fact that it will take us two years to complete the entire reroute. Come join us in early fall for WRV's first project at Bergen Peak. This is a great chance to see the project site early on and watch the transformation as we repair and reroute large sections of trail.

Just outside of Evergreen, this popular hiking area is unraveling. Many sections of the trail run straight up hill and are becoming small gullies that trap water. Volunteers will work to close and restore the straight steep parts of the trail and construct new routes that wind up the hill side making them much less erosive. This work will ensure that the trails stay open and used for years to come.

To get to the work site we will hike in about 1.5 miles but the views from the ridge line are well worth the effort. The hike will also take volunteers up into sections of forest with wild remote sense of place. All this just a short drive from Denver.



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Barr Lake State Park -Bergman Trail Construction

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Colorado State Parks - State Trails Program

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 17, 2015 - Number of Volunteers: 90

8:00am-4pm approx

The gorgeous Barr Lake State Park in Adams County near Brighton is an ecological oasis on the Colorado plains that draws so birds it is home to one of the headquarters for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. Part of the state park acquired in just 2000 as part of the Conservation Vision Plan for Barr Lake has been designated for a small trail system to provide visitors with a great experience while concentrating visitation away from more sensitive areas.

The new trail we construct, the Bergman Trail, will provide unique access to an area that is rich in environmental education opportunities. It has great bird watching opportunities, views of prairie/wetland habitat and know nesting of Red-tailed, Swainson's hawks. On this project we will construct a large portion of this trail using crusher fines, and then plant native cottonwoods in other areas to reestablish habitat!


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