Who wants a new trail in Eagle county? Thanks to the efforts of Lee Rimel, that dream will soon be a reality! The catch is, we need to build it.
The Saddle Ridge trail when complete will be 2.1 miles long with an average grade of only 7%! Designed to ride both up to Wildridge and down to ASC, this new trail will expand our local trail network while connecting neighborhoods. We hope to have all neighborhoods connected by singletrack someday.
To signup and help is easy. Visit VOC's informative web site to learn the who, what, when, and where of this great opportunity. What we should mention is anyone over 12 years old with work gloves can join in June 15 and June 16 between 8am and 3pm. We recommend grabbing a couple bottles of water and some snacks and heading out on ASC trail (from either end) to meet the crew working near the water bars.
We will be building a benched hiking, running, single track biking trail using only hand tools. To make things easy will will break into small groups with an experienced and trained Trail Crew Leader. We usually build trails from the bottom up, but this time we are coming down from the top. This particular trail is fairly easy going. Most of the trail will need 8" to 15" of soil removed from the upper bench, pulled down to the lower bench. The dozen or so corners are mostly simple climbing corners not requiring rock retaining walls which will make fast progress possible.
We are excited to release our revised trail work schedule. To lighten the load and make trail work more fun, we have reorganized how we are doing trail work. The dates are easy to remember, the first and second odd Thursday of every month. Please pick two or three of these dates, put them on your calendar then get some of your friends to come along!
Trail Work Dates:
May 9 - Hike in
May 23 - Bike in
June 13 - Hike in
June 27 - Bike in
July 11 - Hike in
July 25 - Bike in
Aug 1 - Hike in
Aug 15 - Bike in
Sept 5 - Hike in
Sept 19 - Bike in
Trail Steward training was a success today! Thanks to all who were able to attend for donating a Saturday to our trail network and thanks to Jeff T at the Minturn USFS offices. We were able to cover trail network history, talk about big picture plans, tool and trail safety, trail design basics, and quite a bit more.
This training was important because a form of Trail Steward training is required by the USFS to allow general public to maintain the USFS transportation network. The training gave the USFS confidence Trail Stewards will properly maintain trails in compliance with USFS standards. The standards are well defined and simple to follow with a little training. Below is a brief description of what Trail Steward do.
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