Volunteer Vacation - Maintain Trails in Pike National Forest, CO
Join American Hiking Society for a week of building & maintaining trails in exciting locations across the country. Volunteer Vacations foster public land stewardship and provide volunteers the opportunity to give back to the trails they love, meet new people, and have a great time doing it! Crews consist of 6-10 volunteers accompanied by a crew leader. Volunteer Vacations involve backpacking or day hiking and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. Tools and supervision are provided by the host agency or organization. Experience nature up close. Travel to new destinations. Meet other outdoor enthusiasts. Take a vacation that nourishes your body & your spirit. Get Out. Give Back.
Project Specifics: Volunteers will maintain trails in Pike National Forest, Colorado from 8/15/2021 -8/21/2021. There are 2 trails in the same area which are located on the Forest Service’s AG Ranch which was the home of the Rocky Mt. Regional Specially Pack String from 1990 to 2018. The Brookside AG & the Ben Tyler trails lead into the Lost Creek Wilderness. There are 2 sections of the Brookside AG that are missing through the ranch which have been started but are not yet complete so this work would be trail construction. The existing sections of trail need maintenance. The spur trail of the Ben Tyler that leads to the current Ben Tyler needs maintenance. At some time in the future this will be the main trail due to the danger of parking along the highway at the current trail head. Most of the work is lighter in nature for trail work and most is in Ponderosa grasslands with Aspen mixed in. The work is lighter than many trail projects because there is not the heavy rock work, steep terrain, nor trees to remove. The elevation of the area of work and camping is 8,500 to 9,000 feet.
Accommodations: Volunteers will be tent camping at the Forest Service's, AG Ranch, 50 miles from Denver. The camp will be 1/3 to 1 mile behind a gate. The public can hike on the ranch but ATV’s are not allowed. There are 2 sites to choose from, both are on the ranch & close to the Brookside/AG trail. One is closer to Ponderosa trees for shade & higher up, the other is more open. Outhouses & hand washing stations will be brought in. A fire ring will be on hand if the fire danger is low enough to have campfires. Showers can be used for a small fee at the Platte Canyon High School & there is also swimming. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag/sleeping pad, cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils, and personal gear. Food and lodging costs are covered in the trip cost.
Trip Cost: $365 per person
Volunteer Experience: While trips do not require prior trail maintenance experience, all of our projects require participants to be in good physical condition and will involve 30-40 hours of physical labor during the week.
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