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Diana Lynn Rau: Some Grand County forest trails, roads still closed

Diana Lynn Rau /Grand County Trails
Grand County, CO Colorado

The U.S. Forest Service advises that trail crews have been working on the Williams Peak Trail, clearing downed trees and better defining the trail to provide an improved experience for users.

Blow down on the Bowen Interpretive Trail has made that trail virtually impassible. Volunteer crews are working to clear it. To lend a hand contact the Sulphur Ranger District Visitor Information Desk at 970-887-4100.

Knight Ridge Trail suffered a lot of blowdown during the June microburst. Trail crews are not expected to reach the area for cleanup this summer. Columbine Lake Trail has finally opened for the season following the late snowmelt. Cascade Falls and Crater Lake trails are both open and provide a great hiking experience. Crater Lake trail does involve a creek crossing which may still be running high. As always, exercise caution with high water crossings.

The large snowpack and late runoff have created a perfect damp environment for mosquitoes and other insects. Be prepared with lots of Deet or mesh netting. Snow is still prevalent at higher elevations, particularly in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and along the Divide, so be prepared with proper footwear and clothing. Snow in many areas may not go away this year.

Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails annual Duckie Race is Aug. 21. FVPT serves the interests of all trail users in the Fraser Valley. Since its inception in 1995, FVPT has taken a lead role in a number of important trails issues including the creation and support of Headwaters Trails Alliance; the development of the Fraser to Granby Trail and the Adopt-a-Trail program; the construction of the Givelo Trail; and National Public Land Days.

FVPT, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and other governmental, private and nonprofit partners, is instrumental in the work of preserving and maintaining our outstanding local trail system. Most people recognize that trails are an important economic and community amenity. They bring together people of all ages and athletic abilities and provide safe and economical transportation for our kids as well as commuters and recreational users.

Only by working together can we preserve and improve our excellent trail system. Help support this cause by supporting FVPT. Buy your duckies and win local prizes including $250 cash as well. Buy one duck for $5, a Cluck of 3 ducks for $12, or a flock of 12 ducks for $36. For more information, call Diana Lynn Rau 970-887-0547 or Louise Powers 970-726-4209 or email fvpt2@cs.com.

Construction work on the Broome Hut on Second Creek is progressing by leaps and bounds. The old hut was demolished last weekend and excavation completed for the new hut footprint, footer frames built and concrete poured. Crews are now working seven days a week so help is needed daily. If you can volunteer time to help, e-mail marilyn.anderson@q.com or signup online at http://www.grandhuts.org. Bring your favorite shovel, lunch, gloves, water, sunscreen and even a hardhat if you have it to the trailhead at mile post 240 on US 40 on west side of Berthoud Pass. Marilyn and Andy can advise what work is needed. Contact Andy at 970-726-4099.

Coming events

The Headwaters Trails Alliance Run the Ranches series starts this Aug. 14 at Drowsy Water Ranch. Second in the series is Sunday, Aug. 21, at Solvista Basin. The third and final run in the series is Sept. 18 at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Choose from a 3-mile run or walk or a longer run of 6-8 miles with all proceeds benefiting Grand County Trails.

For more info about the series or to register, visit http://www.runtheranches.com. To volunteer for ongoing trail work, visit the HTA website http://www.headwaterstrails.org or call Maura McKnight at 970-726-1013 to schedule you as an individual or your group to help. Trail volunteers can receive Community service hours for trail work – call Diana Lynn Rau at 887-0547 to arrange times. Skills with clearing trees are particularly needed and all volunteers can have free wood.

Free bike clinics at Sol Vista are alternate Saturdays 11 a.m.-noon with next dates Aug. 20 – Improving Cornering Techniques and Aug. 27 Conquering Steep Terrain. Hikers at Granby Ranch can ride the chairlift to the top of Vista Ridge or riders can use the Pump Track next to the Base Camp Lodge for FREE. Ride or hike during the day and see free summer evening concerts Wednesdays and Saturdays on the patio of the Seven Trails Grille.

Devils Thumb Ranch is hosting Women Wheels and Wine on Aug. 21 with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The $95 cost includes bike instruction from team Yeti Beti, lunch, lectures, individual instruction, sauna hot tub and pool and raffle items. Contact the activities desk at 970-726-8231 for more information.

Winter Park Resort continues its hugely successful Epic Singletrack race series with the Mary Jane Circuit on Aug. 20 and the King of the Rockies on Aug. 27. Visit http://www.epicsingletrack.com, call the Winter Park Competition Center at 970-726-1590 or email center@skiwinterpark.com to register or get more details.

The Trestle Bike Park offers downhill lessons, coaching and packages daily for all levels. The next Gravity Goddess Downhill Camp exclusively for Women is Aug. 13-14 – call 800-729-7902 for prices, details and registration or visit http://www.skiwinterpark.com.

The Memorial Hike for Spencer Nelson is Sunday, Aug. 14, to benefit the Winter Park Ski Education Foundation-Spencer Nelson Memorial Fund. Funds will help Grand County youth with Competition Center program fees, ski equipment and travel expenses. Register online at http://www.hikeforspencer.com

Diana Lynn Rau is vice president of the Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails and a founding member and consultant to Headwaters Trails Alliance.

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