Chicago Lakes Trail Restoration @ Mt. Evans Wilderness #2

This small project offers the opportunity to improve technical skills.
Type of Work:
Trail Restoration/Maintenance
August 3, 2019
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Physical Difficulty:
Moderate, Difficult
Minimum Age:
Northern & Central Mountains
Idaho Springs
Clear Creek
Groups Allowed:
Payment Required:
Individual, Family, Friends Registration
You will be sent to a secure registration site.


Project photo by Cindy Bond.

Where You'll Be:
Nestled in Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest just 30 miles west of Denver, the Mt. Evans Wilderness spans more than 74,000 acres and is home to bighorn sheep and the highest paved road in North America. The Chicago Lakes Trail is home to two lakes, the first tucked away in a glacial valley and the second flanked by steep granite cliffs, and experiences significant use as it is often hiked in combination with the Mt. Evans Trail to reach the summit of Mt. Evans, one of Colorado's most popular Front Range 14ers.

What You'll Do:
This is our second year working on the Chicago Lakes Trail and the second project of two this season. On this project, you'll be led by Steve West, a highly-skilled volunteer who has completed more than 275 VOC projects since 1991. You'll spend the day with a group of 15 or fewer volunteers performing critical maintenance tasks including repairing the trail tread and building drainage and erosion control structures. No prior experience is required, though work will take place at high-altitude and be more technical and physically demanding in nature, making this the perfect project for those who enjoy small groups and/or are looking to improve their stewardship skills.

Click here to learn more about the importance of trail maintenance and join us on July 15 to continue restoring the Chicago Lakes Trail.

Why It Matters:
With its close proximity to Denver, trails in and around the Mt. Evans Wilderness experience a high amount of use in warmer months. Your efforts will help ensure the Chicago Lakes Trail can sustain heavy traffic while offering a safe and pleasant hiking and biking experience for years to come.

Need-to-Know Details:

  • Minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on single-day projects.
  • VOC will provide all equipment including 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 or call 303-715-1010.