Hope Creek Volunteer Project - September 2019

September 23-25, 2019 - Project Registration CLOSED

Registration CLOSED for the Hope Creek Volunteer Project.

Our newly adopted trail in the Weminuche Wilderness, Hope Creek has had its share of natural disasters the past few years. This trail was impacted by the 2013 West Fork Complex Fire and prior to beetle kill. In 2018 a team of volunteers successfully cut out over 200 trees and benched over 1900-feet of narrowing footpath. For this project, our primary goal is to brush the trail of encroaching aspen saplings to the 3.7-mile mark. If we have sufficient volunteers we will designate one team for cutting out downed timber.

We will be working on the Hope Creek Trail and camping at that trailhead on both nights. Each day we will work to remove as many of the aspen saplings as we are able while at the same time widening the trail tread to the appropriate forest service specifications. We will work at a comfortable pace beginning very close to the trailhead start.

No prior trail experience is required but a good attitude is helpful. We are in desperate need of swampers (swampers clear brush and cut tree pieces after they are cut, keeping the work area and trail clear).

What is a Volunteer Trail Work Project?
This two-night/three-day project is focused on specific trail maintenance needs in the Rio Grande National Forest. Designed as fun work in the backcountry, our focus is safety, enjoyment and followed by completion of the project goal. We recognize that the public land system is used by hikers like us. This is a way to give back to all of the boot prints we have put on the trail tread.

As a crew, we will complete important trail work. You will meet new friends, share meals and chores. We want you to enjoy the experience, and come back.

This project is open to volunteers who meet the following criteria:
* Have a great attitude and desire to work with other volunteers to accomplish a project goal.
* Ability to adhere to the following basic rules: Be Safe. Have Fun. Get Some Work Done.
* Physical stamina to hike to and from camp, hike and work at a moderate pace throughout the day.
* Have the appropriate gear and equipment for the week; all food and tools will be provided for you.
* Ability to participate for the full length of the trip; no late arrivals or early departures  Our project will begin at 8a on Monday and conclude at 3p on Wednesday.  Camping at the project site on Sunday is encouraged.
* Willingness to learn – no prior trail work experience is necessary.
* Must be 16 years old with parent or guardian.

What is Provided: All in the field meals, snacks and needed tools.

About Registration:  Although you are a project volunteer, there are costs associated with this offering. Your $75 registration fee assists with paying for permit fees, food, and tool needs.

We ask that you reserve your space only if you are going to attend. There is no refund for cancellation in this project. It is very difficult to fill recently vacated spaces, particularly within three weeks of the project start date when most cancellations tend to occur.

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