14er: Trail Restoration @ Grays & Torreys

Help restore a pair of popular peaks on the Front Range.
Type of Work:
Ecological Restoration, Trail Restoration/Maintenance
Dates:
September 7, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Times:
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Physical Difficulty:
Moderate, Difficult
Minimum Age:
16
Region:
Northern & Central Mountains
State:
Colorado
City:
Silver Plume
County:
Clear Creek
Camping:
Yes
Groups Allowed:
Yes
Payment Required:
No
Individual, Family, Friends Registration Organized Group Registration
You will be sent to a secure registration site.

Description

Starting in 2017, VOC 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. Every volunteer in the Fourteener community is important in this long-term effort, and we are grateful for your help!


Where You'll Be:
Just an hour from Denver, Grays Peak and Torreys Peak are a popular pair of "14ers" whose summits are separated by a mere three-quarters of a mile. Grays Peak is the highest point directly on the Continental Divide and the 10th highest peak in Colorado; with its proximity to Front Range population centers, the route to Grays' summit alone can see as many as 25,000 to 30,000 hikers a year!

What You'll Do:
Spend a weekend giving some much-needed TLC to Colorado's famous 14ers! You'll work above treeline with about 40-50 VOC volunteers and others from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) to close user-created "social trails" and establish one sustainable route to the summit to prevent further resource damage and loss of plant life. The furthest work site will be as far as a 3 mile (approx. 2 hour) hike, so be prepared to work hard and enjoy the view! Campsites will be provided along with meals from our volunteer Crew Chefs.


Why It Matters:
Although the unique plants in a high alpine environment are able to withstand extreme temperatures and climate conditions, a lot of trampling human feet can do a lot of damage! By closing and reseeding unsustainable social trails and restoring the route to resist erosion, you will help hikers access the summit while preserving the natural environment for years to come.
Need-to-Know Details:
  • Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects.
  • Volunteers are responsible for providing their own camping equipment. VOC will provide meals, tools, and work gloves.
  • Cancellation: Our partners rely on VOC volunteers to accomplish critical stewardship needs, and our projects often have wait lists. If you need to cancel, please contact Emily Schaefer at 303-715-1010 ext. 116 as soon as possible so we can free your spot for another volunteer and have a full workforce.

About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is the state's oldest, largest, and leading outdoor stewardship nonprofit organization. Founded in 1984 to motivate and enable people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources, VOC has engaged nearly 120,000 people in more than 1,000 volunteer projects for a donated labor value of $24 million. Through award-winning youth and volunteer programs, leadership training, capacity-building programs, and collaborative efforts with nonprofits and land management agencies, VOC is an invaluable resource in Colorado, especially as our outdoor stewardship needs are approaching near-crisis levels. For more information, visit www.voc.org or call 303-715-1010.