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2017 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Dedisse Park Trail Reroute - National Trails Day Saturday Jun 03, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction I - National Trails Day Saturday Jun 03, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction 2 (CATS adopt) Saturday
Sunday
Jun 24, 2017
Jun 25, 2017

Brainard Finale Project Friday Jun 30, 2017

Beaver Brook Trail Project Saturday Jul 01, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction 3 Saturday
Sunday
Jul 29, 2017
Jul 30, 2017

Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Aug 11, 2017
Aug 12, 2017
Aug 13, 2017

Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration Saturday - Sunday Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017

Young Gulch Trail Construction 4 Saturday Aug 26, 2017

Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration Friday - Sunday Sep 08, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017


No experience is required. Meals are served in most cases.
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Dedisse Park Trail Reroute - National Trails Day

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 Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

Come join us to celebrate National Trails Day at Dedisse Park!

Located just outside Evergreen, Dedisse Park protects the watershed and forest above Evergreen Lake. Despite the great natural beauty of this Denver Mountain Park the area is being heavily damaged by off trail use and erosion. The mess of unsanctioned trails that braids across the landscape is the root cause of this damage. In a huge multi-project effort volunteers will reverse this trend by closing damaged areas and helping create a single sustainable trail for people through the park. Once finished, the Park and everyone who enjoys it will be much better off. Volunteers will transplant, seed, install erosion control structures and build new sections of trail. There is a short hike in to the work areas from the trail head.

No experience with restoration or trail building is needed; we will have trained crew leaders to make sure you have a great project. See you out there!

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Young Gulch Trail Construction I - National Trails Day

SCHEDULED
Come celebrate National Trails Day with us!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 03, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.




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Young Gulch Trail Construction 2 (CATS adopt)

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways
Jax Mercantile

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 24, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJun 25, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi year effort.




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Brainard Finale Project

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Exxel Outdoors

Date(s):
FridayJun 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 30

This is it! We're finally wrapping things up at Brainard Lake. Whether you've joined us for zero, one, or twenty projects at Brainard...come help us put the finishing touches on the Long Lake Connector Trail at the WRV/Brainard Grand Finale!

The Brainard Lake Recreation area is one of the most treasured recreation areas on the front-range. Towering wilderness peaks surround, lakes, trails, and glaciers in this outdoor playground. All this beauty and adventure have led to so many people visiting the area that the USFS developed a new Brainard Gateway Trailhead. The new Gateway moves hikers, bikers, and skiers out away from the Wilderness areas while still providing exceptional recreational experiences. The Gateway has been very successful but it is not fully connected to the trail system causing ecological damage as people try to find their way without a sustainable trail and safety risks for those that choose to hike along the road.

Join us this summer to alleviate these problems while spending time surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Volunteers will have the chance to help put the finishing touches on the trail between the Gateway and Long Lake.

We are once again happy to be partnering with the US Forest Service, Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance, and the Colorado Mountain Club on this project and are grateful for funding from Aspen Meadows Veterinary Specialists and Colorado State Trails Program.

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Beaver Brook Trail Project

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 01, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 50

The historic and very popular Beaver Brook Trail, originally constructed by CMC in 1917, begins just north of Genesee and winds northeast to Windy Saddle on Lookout Mountain, near Golden. While it's location is conveniently located near the Denver-metro area, the trail offers hikers a remote back-country feel.

The trail has five stream crossings, which were damaged during the September 2013 flood. WRV will begin a two year process to conduct maintenance on the trail and repair the five bridges. This year, volunteers will focus on reconstructing one or two of the bridges. We'll hike in about a mile, help move log stringers into place, and then attach decking to the logs. Join us for a fun day working near a beautiful creek!


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Young Gulch Trail Construction 3

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways
Jax Mercantile

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 29, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 35
SundayJul 30, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 35

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi year effort.




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Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project

SCHEDULED
Very Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group

Date(s):
FridayAug 11, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SaturdayAug 12, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25
SundayAug 13, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 25

This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding. We will set up a basecamp in the Brainard Lake Area. The camp will be accessible by vehicle. From there, we will work on restoring the Jean Lunning trail which circumnavigates Long Lake. Work includes a variety of maintenance and restoration techniques including building rock structures, drainages, bridge work, and transplanting. We will wake each morning to warm breakfast already prepared and hike short distances to reach the work sites. This is a three day project, Friday-Sunday. Volunteers are encouraged to show up Thursday night to set up their camp.
WRV has been working in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and Brainard Lake area for over a decade. These projects are one of the highlights of the season and always a great time!

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Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 19, 2017 - SundayAug 20, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

Echo Lake and Summit Lake Parks are heavily impacted by recreational use. WRV has been working on these popular and majestic areas for several years with amazing results.

This year, volunteers will be repairing and restoring shoreline at Echo Lake and planting small alpine plants to restore native tundra near Summit Lake. Both lakes offer breathtaking views in a stunning alpine environment.

Friday night arrival is recommended - 10,600 feet in elevation - to acclimate yourself prior to working early the next morning.
Daily work schedule: approx 7:30am-4:30pm

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Young Gulch Trail Construction 4

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Fund to Restore Colorado Trails, Parks & Waterways

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 26, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 45

The Young Gulch trail was a very popular mountain biking and hiking destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through large sections of the valley, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in the 2013 floods. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is gone. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail that will not be as susceptible to flooding and will have much less impact to the creek. WRV is very pleased to have a chance to collaborate with the US Forest Service, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi year effort.




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Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
REI - National Office

Date(s):
FridaySep 08, 2017 - SundaySep 10, 2017 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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. 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.

Fall Colors! This project is located in one of Colorado's most beautiful fall locations. It is surrounded by aspen groves and our timing should be just about perfect for an amazing display of golden yellows!

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 car 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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