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Rau: Busy week ahead for volunteering in Grand County

Diana Lynn Rau
Grand County Trails

Diana Lynn Rau

Epic Cross Country Trail Stewardship Day

If you participate in or just enjoy the Epic Cross Country Race series at Winter Park Resort, the first trail stewardship day is Sunday, July 12, from 9 a.m.-noon. Please contact HTA if you are interested in helping to restore the trails in the Rendezvous/Idlewild area. If there is interest, a group ride could go out after the trail project. Email hta@headwaterstrails.org to know more.

HTA Trail Talk follow up – Saturday workday on the CDT

On Monday, July 16, Headwaters Trails Alliance hosted a talk by the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail Coalition that gave history and background of this wild and scenic 3,100 mile trail system that follows the spine of the USA. The representatives emphasized the importance of towns and town access along the trail.

“The U.S. Forest Service reports the high country is opening up! Favorite areas like Rogers Pass and the Junco Lake Trail Head to Columbine Lake and Caribou Pass are now open as well the Monarch Lake Trail into Indian Peaks and the Roaring Fork Trail.”

Now get involved in the follow up trail project! Meet at the Devil's Thumb trailhead and work on the High Lonesome portion of the Continental Divide Trail from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (weather dependent); tools & equipment will be provided by HTA. Please bring food, water, raingear, closed toe shoes and long pants. Hard hats and gloves are provided by HTA. Please RSVP by calling 970-726-1013 or email hta@headwaterstrails.org if you are interested in volunteering or knowing about future talks and trail projects in the summer series.

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Mountain Biking rides and clinic

Women's Mountain Bike Rides are happening every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. from various locations in the Fraser Valley. Contact Christina Russell at crussellcmt@gmail.com to be added to the weekly blasts. Riders of all levels are welcome but intermediate level and higher is recommended. A functioning bike is necessary.

If you or someone you know is interested in building mountain skills, there will be FREE clinic happening Saturday, July 11, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Hideaway Park and the surrounding trail system. Pre-registration is required through the WP/Fraser Chamber of Commerce. There will be a free lunch and live music. Check out playwinterpark.com for more details.

Head for the hills

The U.S. Forest Service reports the high country is opening up! Favorite areas like Rogers Pass and the Junco Lake Trail Head to Columbine Lake and Caribou Pass are now open as well the Monarch Lake Trail into Indian Peaks and the Roaring Fork Trail. And the wildflowers are exploding! Just be prepared for changing weather and carry extra food and water. Above all tell someone where you are going.

The Flower Report by Patrica Berman

Patricia expects an abundant flora display on Mt. Flora in early July. She hiked the trail on July 7 and saw several species. Alpine Avens and Mountain Dryad, with eight white petals, were the only flowers in abundance. Blooming at 12,500 feet on Mt. Flora is the Big-rooted Spring Beauty. It has a basal rosette of leaves with small white flowers amongst the rosette. It is found in rock crevices and boulder fields. Some of the other flowers she saw are Sky Pilot, Spotted Saxifrage, Alp Lily, Fairy Primrose and Alpine Forget-Me-Not.

Wilderness Group Columbine Lake Trail Reroute Completion project

Grand County Wilderness group invites you for a day or to spend the night(s) from Tuesday, July 14 to Friday, July 17. Meet at Junco Cabin July 14 at 1 p.m. Help build turnpike (hauling rock and dirt) and/or establish stepping stones through the lower meadow, which is approximately 2-3 miles up from the trailhead. Stepping stones in the upper meadow have worked well.

The Forest Service crew will set up a base camp in the meadow where the Columbine Trail starts as it splits off from Caribou Trail. Please bring all needed camping gear, food and supplies, appropriate clothing, water, sunscreen and insect repellent. For additional information contact president@gcwg.org or call 970-509-9609 Bob Saint.

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