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2018 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Daniels Park Restoration Saturday May 05, 2018

Young Gulch Brinkman Construction Project Friday Jun 01, 2018

Beaver Brook Trail - National Trails Day Saturday Jun 02, 2018

Young Gulch Trail Construction I Saturday
Sunday
Jun 02, 2018
Jun 03, 2018

Lory State Park-Climbers Access Trail Saturday Jun 09, 2018

Young Gulch Trail Construction II Saturday
Sunday
Jun 23, 2018
Jun 24, 2018

Phantom Canyon River Trail Improvement (SPREE adopt) Saturday Jul 07, 2018

Mt Elbert Collaborative Volunteer Event Saturday
Sunday
Jul 14, 2018
Jul 15, 2018

Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Jul 21, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project - Part 1 Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 30, 2018

Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project - Part 2 Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 04, 2018
Aug 05, 2018

Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Aug 11, 2018
Aug 12, 2018

Masontown Trail Project I Saturday
Sunday
Aug 25, 2018
Aug 26, 2018

Young Gulch Trail Construction III Saturday
Sunday
Sep 01, 2018
Sep 02, 2018

High Rock Creek Road to Trail Conversion Saturday
Sunday
Sep 08, 2018
Sep 09, 2018

Masontown Trail Project II Saturday
Sunday
Sep 15, 2018
Sep 16, 2018

Fillius Park Trails Saturday Sep 29, 2018

Young Gulch Trail Construction IV Saturday
Sunday
Oct 06, 2018
Oct 07, 2018


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Daniels Park Restoration

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Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum 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):
Saturday May 05, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
Join us at one of Denver Mountain Parks most iconic parks, just south of Denver, with conveniently located panoramic views of the city along the Front Range. Despite the fantastic natural beauty, the area is being heavily damaged by the sheer number of people who visit the area every day. The mess of unsanctioned trails that braids across the landscape is the root cause of this damage. Volunteers will reverse this trend by closing and restoring damaged areas.

The project will include revegetation and some rock work to stabilize steep eroding slopes. It is suitable for beginners and experienced volunteers alike. We will have trained crew leaders to make sure you have a great project and learn something new! This project is being completed in conjunction with new sustainable trails and amenities being added to the park.


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Young Gulch Brinkman Construction Project

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
Brinkman Construction
Date(s):
Friday Jun 01, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail, meaning that volunteers can enjoy a hike filled with wildlife through a beautiful canyon that is regrowing beautifully after the fires and floods of the past.

WRV is delighted to have employees from Brinkman Construction volunteer to clear the trail corridor to prepare the area for our summer of trail construction projects. This project day is limited to Brinkman employees and families, so please register for one of the other 4 project weekends this summer at Young Gulch to participate and help us rebuild this great trail!






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Beaver Brook Trail - National Trails Day

SCHEDULED
Come celebrate National Trails Day!

Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum 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)
Blue Federal Credit Union
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 02, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
The historic and very popular Beaver Brook Trail begins just north of Genesee and winds northeast to Lookout Mountain, near Golden. Volunteers will be addressing erosion problems on the trail by adding timber water bars and steps. Volunteers will be closing social trails and helping to define the trail tread to reduce future erosion. Maintenance of the trail tread will help ensure proper drainage and function of this popular trail.

While its location is conveniently located near the Denver-metro area, the trail offers hikers a remote backcountry feel. In fact, this year's project site requires a one-mile hike in!


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Young Gulch Trail Construction I

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Jax Mercantile
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 02, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Jun 03, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail meaning this season we'll be working some distance from the trailhead. We'll have a backcountry base-camp set up so that volunteers can chose to camp with us closer to the work area or to hike in daily. Please let us know your preference.

We have some basic camping gear available for those who don't have their own.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Lory State Park-Climbers Access Trail

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 12 (more info)
Sponsors
Odell Brewing Company
REI - National Office
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 09, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Love rocks? So do we!

Rock climbing is one of the fastest growing outdoor sports and the trails to access this great sport need a little help from WRV volunteers. Join us to make improvements on the climbing access trail in Lory State Park and enjoy views of the Front Range and iconic Arthur's Rock cliffs during the project.

Located about 20 minutes from Downtown Fort Collins, Lory State Park is a true gem of protected land. This project will include a gentle 1 mile walk into the project site from the Arthur's Rock trailhead. Park admission fees will be covered by Lory State Park for volunteers on the project day.

Partners on this project include the Northern Colorado Climbers Coalition, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and CATS (Colorado Addicted Trail builders Society). If you are a member of the Northern Colorado Climbers Coalition please choose that group when registering, as we have spaces reserved for you to attend. For questions, contact annemarie@wlrv.org or call our Fort Collins office at 970-493-2075.


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Young Gulch Trail Construction II

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Jax Mercantile
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
Date(s):
Saturday Jun 23, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Jun 24, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail meaning this season we'll be working some distance from the trailhead. We'll have a backcountry base-camp set up so that volunteers can chose to camp with us closer to the work area or to hike in daily. Please let us know your preference.

We have some basic camping gear available for those who don't have their own.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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Phantom Canyon River Trail Improvement (SPREE adopt)

SCHEDULED

Very Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
The Nature Conservancy -- Phantom Canyon Office
South Platte River Env. Ed.  SPREE
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 07, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 15
Crew Leaders needed to lead a group of Youth from Denver in the task of rerouting and rebuilding some of the unsustainable portions of the river access trail on the beautiful Phantom Canyon Ranch. With multiple river crossings through the North Fork Cache La Poudre, this will be an exciting project even before we reach the work sites.


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Mt Elbert Collaborative Volunteer Event

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 14, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Jul 15, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers is partnering with other Colorado outdoor stewardship groups and the U.S. Forest Service through the National Forest Foundation Find Your Fourteener campaign so that together we can do more on our majestic Fourteeners. We are working collaboratively to increase the pace and scale of trail improvements and ecological restoration. Our vision is to work together, with you, to build and maintain a sustainable trails network, ensuring these peaks remain healthy and inviting for decades to come. With help from skilled, passionate volunteers like you, we can complete even more on-the-ground work on Colorado's Fourteeners.

This particular project is very unique. On this project led by Wildlands Restoration Volunteers, you can expect to get your hands dirty with staff and volunteers from the following organizations: Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Colorado Mountain Club, Get Outdoors Leadville, and Rocky Mountain Youth Corps. Because of this WRV only needs about 15 people on site. SO, sign up now before it fills up!

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.


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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Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 18 (more info)
Sponsors
City of Denver -- Natural Resources Division, Mountain Parks & Park & Rec Div.
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 21, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Sunday Jul 22, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
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 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.


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Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project - Part 1

SCHEDULED
This is Part 1 of a two-part project. Consider combining them for a fun volunteer vacation with a two-day break in between.

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 Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
Date(s):
Saturday Jul 28, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Sunday Jul 29, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Monday Jul 30, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
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/Blue 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 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. 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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Indian Peaks Wilderness Trail Project - Part 2

SCHEDULED
This is Part 2 of a project begun a few days previously. Consider combining them for a fun volunteer vacation with a two-day break in between.

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 Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
Date(s):
Friday Aug 03, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Saturday Aug 04, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
Sunday Aug 05, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 30
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/Blue 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 worksite.

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. 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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Mt Elbert Alpine Trail Restoration

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Multi Day    ●    Minimum Age: 14 (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
USFS - Pike and San Isabel NF - Leadville RD
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 11, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 40
Sunday Aug 12, 2018 - 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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Masontown Trail Project I

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Aug 25, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
Sunday Aug 26, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
This popular access to Summit County Trails has been loved to death. We're partnering with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Town of Frisco to give it a much needed transformation starting with the construction of bridges and boardwalks across the creek and sensitive riparian areas!


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Young Gulch Trail Construction III

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Jax Mercantile
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 01, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Sep 02, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail meaning this season we'll be working some distance from the trailhead. We'll have a backcountry base-camp set up so that volunteers can chose to camp with us closer to the work area or to hike in daily. Please let us know your preference.

We have some basic camping gear available for those who don't have their own.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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High Rock Creek Road to Trail Conversion

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Multi Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Grand Adventure Brewing
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 08, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Sunday Sep 09, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 25
Come camp and work in the high country. This project has something for everyone: unique location, riparian restoration, road obliteration, trail building... In order to protect sensitive wetland habitat we'll be restoring several creek-side campgrounds and obliterating 1.5 miles of jeep road in Routt National Forest West of Kremmling and converting it into multi-use trail.


Friday night arrival encouraged..


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Masontown Trail Project II

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program (State Trails)
Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Date(s):
Saturday Sep 15, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
Sunday Sep 16, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 45
This popular access to Summit County Trails has been loved to death. We're partnering with the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and the Town of Frisco to give it a much needed transformation starting with the construction of bridges and boardwalks across the creek and sensitive riparian areas!


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Fillius Park Trails

SCHEDULED

Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Minimum 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):
Saturday Sep 29, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 50
Come celebrate National Public Lands Day! Fillius Park is a gem within the Denver Mountain Parks system, just outside of Evergreen, and serves as as the entryway to the Bergen Park community. Volunteers will be completing 1800 ft of new natural surface trail to complete a new hiking trail loop at Fillius Park, create ADA access to the historical shelter, and reclaim old roads and parking lots that are no longer being utilized.


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Young Gulch Trail Construction IV

SCHEDULED

Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Minimum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Jax Mercantile
Odell Brewing Company
National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance
REI - National Office
Date(s):
Saturday Oct 06, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
Sunday Oct 07, 2018 - Number of Volunteers: 20
The Young Gulch trail was a very popular destination in the Poudre River Watershed. It was closed after the High Park Fire burned through in 2012, and remained closed due to flood damage that fall and again in 2013. Much of the original trail with all its creek crossings is washed away. Now we have the opportunity to build a new trail: more fun and resilient, with less disturbance to the creek and the Cache La Poudre downstream.

We've constructed almost 3 miles of trail meaning this season we'll be working some distance from the trailhead. We'll have a backcountry base-camp set up so that volunteers can chose to camp with us closer to the work area or to hike in daily. Please let us know your preference.

We have some basic camping gear available for those who don't have their own.

WRV is very pleased to work collaboration with the USFS, Overland Mountain Bike Club, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, Larimer County Conservation Corps, and CATS on this exciting multi-year effort.


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