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Diana Lynn Rau: Group rides and trail volunteers in Grand County

Diana Lynn Rau / Grand County Trails

The sun continues to shine and trails are dry and in good condition county-wide.

The Ladies group has been riding on Wednesday evening. This week participants are meeting at the Alco/Totally Wired parking lot and will be ready to ride by 6 p.m. This ladies group rides in different areas in the Fraser Valley, so email Lori Anderson at lori@rkymtnhi.com to be added to the email list. You will be notified on Monday or Tuesday where that week’s meeting place will be – no need to respond.

The Grand Mountain Biking Association is sponsoring group rides with the Winter Park Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce weekly from June 23 through Aug. 4. These groups will meet in the Alco/Totally Wired parking lot, asking people to be ready to ride at 9:30 a.m. Organizer Dallas Timms says their rides are intended for intermediate and above riders, so the routes are planned with ability level and trail closures in mind. The rides are sponsored weekly by a local restaurant, so the group often gathers for food and drinks afterwards. Call Dallas at 970-531-9971 or email dallas.timms@gmail.com

Adopt-a-Trail and Headwaters Alliance

You can never say it enough – volunteers are so appreciated. Andy Borek, who heads up the Adopt-A-Trail program, still has many trails that need adopting. Call him at 970-509-9103 to see if your favorite trail is available. Adopting means trash pick-up, repairing spring runoff damage, and slash and brush removal. Some trails need a little more work and Andy can provide the expertise to help keep your trail in good condition.

Or, call Maura McKnight at 970-726-1013 at the new Headwaters Trails Alliance office at the old Fraser Visitors Center to plan a volunteer day and leave some place more beautiful than you found it. Please report trail problems and scope out a trail to adopt. We often tout how many miles of trails we have in the Valley – someone has to help keep them useable and beautiful. Volunteers are uploading their pictures to the website http://www.headwaterstrails.org, so take a look at the work being done.

If you have time to go play in the woods, there are simple things you can do to help out. Pick up after your dog or horse on the trails. Clear slash that has fallen or trash that has been left on the trails. Report problems to federal agencies or HTA. Observe the intended usage of trails – ie. non-motorized means just that, and we have gained access to trail right-of-way under that pretense. Abuse of such promises to these landowners could mean that trail permission is withdrawn.

The Fraser-to-Granby Trail

Due to be completed this year, the Fraser to Granby Trail will soon become a finished part of the system that goes from Winter Park Resort to Kaibab Park in Granby. Workdays are being scheduled all summer for both new construction, water bars and other erosion control, and normal maintenance. Next week we’ll talk about various opportunities to get involved and give back to this very important county project headed by HTA that will eventually connect towns and recreation facilities in Grand County.