Shelf Lake Trail Restoration @ Guanella Pass #2

This Friday project offers classic Colorado views and wildflowers.
Type of Work:
Trail Restoration/Maintenance
June 28, 2019
8:00 am-4:00 pm
Physical Difficulty:
Minimum Age:
Northern & Central Mountains
Groups Allowed:
Payment Required:
Individual, Family, Friends Registration
You will be sent to a secure registration site.


Where You'll Be:

Located off Guanella Pass Road about 20 miles from Bailey, the Shelf Lake Trail starts at 10,000 feet and climbs over the course of 3 miles through Pike National Forest to a beautiful alpine lake just under 12,000 feet. The trail boasts a spectacular display of wildflowers above treeline at this time of year and hikers able to make the elevation gain are rewarded with quiet forest, wide alpine meadows, and stunning views all around.

What You'll Do:
This is the second of two projects on the Shelf Lake Trail this year. On this Friday project, you'll be led by Steve West, one of our most-skilled volunteers who has participated on more than 275 VOC projects since 1991. Throughout the day, you'll work to improve a half-mile section of the popular Shelf Lake Trail. This project is relatively small with 20-25 volunteers and tasks may be technical in nature as you install water bars, check steps, and other drainage structures as well as build new rock step stream crossings. If you are new to trail work, don't worry! No previous experience is required; just be prepared to work hard at high altitude among classic Colorado views.

Click here to learn more about the importance of trail maintenance and join us on June 21 for the first project on the Shelf Lake Trail.

Why It Matters:
This project is part of a larger plan to improve visitor access and experience along the entire Geneva Creek corridor. The Shelf Lake Trail is located in one of the most popular dispersed camping areas in the South Platte Ranger District, leading to increased use and corresponding maintenance needs. Your efforts will help address these needs and ensure the Shelf Lake Trail can remain sustainable and accessible 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.