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2016 Projects
Project Name Day(s) Date(s)
Brainard Winter Trail Clearing Tuesday Jan 26, 2016

Barr Lake State Park - Bergman Trail Sunday Mar 27, 2016

Young Gulch Trail Construction I Saturday May 21, 2016

Dedisse Park Trail Restoration 1 Saturday Jun 04, 2016

McKinstry Dedisse Trail Restoration - Private Event Friday Jun 10, 2016

Young Gulch Trail Construction II Saturday Jun 11, 2016

O'Fallon Park Trail Restoration Saturday Jun 18, 2016

Young Gulch Trail Construction III Saturday
Sunday
Jun 25, 2016
Jun 26, 2016

Beaver Brook Trail Project Saturday Jul 09, 2016

Brainard - Long Lake Trail Connection and Restoration I Saturday
Sunday
Jul 16, 2016
Jul 17, 2016

All Souls Special Project at Brainard Lake Sunday Jul 24, 2016

Mt Columbia Alpine Trail Restoration Friday - Sunday Jul 29, 2016 - Jul 31, 2016

Young Gulch Trail Construction IV Saturday
Sunday
Jul 30, 2016
Jul 31, 2016

Diamond Lake Trail and Restoration Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Aug 12, 2016
Aug 13, 2016
Aug 14, 2016

Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration Saturday
Sunday
Aug 27, 2016
Aug 28, 2016

Bergen Peak Trail Restoration Saturday Sep 24, 2016

Young Gulch Trail Construction V - Kaiser Permanente Friday Oct 07, 2016

Dedisse Park Trail Restoration 2 Saturday Oct 15, 2016


No experience is required. Meals are served in most cases.
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Brainard Winter Trail Clearing

COMPLETED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 18 (more info)

Date(s):
TuesdayJan 26, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 10

Trails around Brainard Lake Recreation Area are built to meet many uses, including snowshoeing and skiing. In 2015 WRV built a new trail connecting Brainard Lake to the Mitchell Lake Trailhead, but without snowpack to stand on, we couldn't limb the trail corridor high enough for skiers.

This invite-only project will bring a small team of trail lovers to Brainard mid-winter to snowshoe along and clear a high corridor for skiers. Clearing may also take place on side trails if time permits.

Volunteers will be given a (free of charge) warm place to sleep in the communal CMC cabin, which is fully outfitted with cooking gear, games, firewood, and random other guests who are out enjoying the winter wonder land. Don't worry, no camping required!

Volunteers must be fit enough to ski or snowshoe 4 miles along the unplowed road to reach the trail head and cabin. Volunteers will be expected to provide their own winter gear including snowshoes for the clearing project. Details will be updated as the project date approaches.



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Barr Lake State Park - Bergman Trail

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SundayMar 27, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30

SUNDAY PROJECT!

Come help complete the final touches on this amazing trails through Barr Lake State Park. The terrain is flat to gently rolling, and the work is very youth friendly.

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

WRV has been constructing the Bergman Trail, which provides unique access to an area that is rich in environmental education opportunities. It has great bird watching opportunities, views of prairie/wetland habitat and known nesting sites for Red-tailed and Swainson's hawks.

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Young Gulch Trail Construction I

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

Date(s):
SaturdayMay 21, 2016 - 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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Dedisse Park Trail Restoration 1

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
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 04, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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.

This will be the first of two WRV projects at Dedisse Park in 2016. Sign up for one or both. 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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McKinstry Dedisse Trail Restoration - Private Event

SCHEDULED
PLEASE NOTE:

This event it private and restricted to McKinstry.
Please - unless you are with this group do not sign up for this project.

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
REI - National Office

Date(s):
FridayJun 10, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 15

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.



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Young Gulch Trail Construction II

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 11, 2016 - 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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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 Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 18, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

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.

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Young Gulch Trail Construction III

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program
Mishawaka Amphitheater

Date(s):
SaturdayJun 25, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJun 26, 2016 - 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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Beaver Brook Trail Project

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

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 09, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 45

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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Brainard - Long Lake Trail Connection and Restoration I

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 14 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Mountain Club - Boulder Group
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program
Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists P.C. - AMVS
Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 16, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50
SundayJul 17, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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 construct a sustainable trail between the Gateway and Long Lake to prevent the development of damaging social trails and move hikers off the road. We will work on sections of rock work, boardwalk, and have plenty of basic trail construction for beginners new to trail construction.

This will be the first of a two part project to get all the work done. Come for one or both projects to help us get this exciting work done.

Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet and camping 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, 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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All Souls Special Project at Brainard Lake

SCHEDULED
Intermediate    ●    Partial Day    ●    Family Friendly   ●    Miniumum Age: 12 (more info)

Date(s):
SundayJul 24, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

This special event will bring a group from All Souls to work on the restoration and transplanting portion of a trail at Brainard Lake.
WRV Crew Leaders Needed! Email taylor@wlrv.org for details.

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Mt Columbia Alpine Trail Restoration

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

Date(s):
FridayJul 29, 2016 - SundayJul 31, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 15

Colorado's magnificent 14ers attract heavy use. Mt Columbia 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 small group 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.

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

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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Young Gulch Trail Construction IV

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Weekend    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program
Mishawaka Amphitheater

Date(s):
SaturdayJul 30, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40
SundayJul 31, 2016 - 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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Diamond Lake Trail and Restoration

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

Date(s):
FridayAug 12, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SaturdayAug 13, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30
SundayAug 14, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 30

This will be one of the more adventurous projects of the season but also one of the most rewarding. We will set up a small basecamp just over 3 miles in the wilderness and from there we will work to restore areas around Diamond Lake. Work includes restoration using transplanting and building wood/rock raised trails. Basecamp will have epic views across the lake and of the surrounding peaks that form the continental divide. We will wake each morning to warm breakfast already prepared and hike short distances to reach the work sites.

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Summit and Echo Lakes - Mt. Evans Restoration

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

Date(s):
SaturdayAug 27, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50
SundayAug 28, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50

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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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.
REI - National Office
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program

Date(s):
SaturdaySep 24, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 40

8am-4pm approx

This wildly popular trail up to Bergen Peak in the Evergreen community is still in need of some WRV care. Our mission is to reroute a steep and badly eroding section of the trail. Volunteers will build about 1500' of sweet new trail and restore the rerouted section by seeding, transplanting and installing fabric and structures to prevent further erosion. There will be trail building, restoration, rock work and seeding - something for everyone and a beautiful mountain day hike to boot! Join us for part 2 of a this great single day trail project in an area near and dear to locals and visitors alike.




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Young Gulch Trail Construction V - Kaiser Permanente

SCHEDULED
Difficult    ●    Full Day    ●    Miniumum Age: 16 accompanied by an adult (more info)
Sponsors
National Forest Foundation
Colorado Parks & Wildlife - Recreational Trails Program
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Kaiser Permanente - Boulder

Date(s):
FridayOct 07, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 10

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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Dedisse Park Trail Restoration 2

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
REI - National Office

Date(s):
SaturdayOct 15, 2016 - Number of Volunteers: 50

Dedisse Park protects the watershed and forest above Evergreen Lake. This Denver Mountain Park just outside of Evergreen, CO 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.

This will be the second of two WRV projects at Dedisse Park in 2016 and we will focus a bit more on final sections of trail and restoration. Sign up for one or both. 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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