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Grand County Trails: Time for biking and hiking season

Diana Lynn Rau
Grand County Trails

We have been flirting with Spring weather since early April and, just when you think Spring is really here, we have another brief return to winter. Enough is enough – I for one am yearning for the warm sunny days that we normally have and I think they are finally here. The snow might come again in spurts but hopefully last only the day and the warm sun will make short work of it. Time to get the garden going but don't forget to protect those tender young plants until they can survive the cooler and even cold nights as well as the midday fierce sun. Thanks to nature's bounty, there is water in Grand County, even where it isn't supposed to be. More is trickling down from high country, and high country is loaded. The early purple Pasque flowers and blue Lanceleaf Chiming Bells are everywhere welcoming the sun earlier this week.

Be careful where the trails are still soft. We are so anxious to get out on those great single tracks but many of the single tracks are not ready for us. Bike tire tracks and footprints made in wet, soft dirt will last as ruts all summer. Please try to wait until the trails dry out before using them. Most road base areas like the Fraser to Granby Trail are in good shape. Call ahead for trail closures. Better yet, come to one of our volunteer training opportunities.

Reminder – comments are due 15 May for the Master Trails Plan for Subarea 2 – Granby to Grand Lake. Email Meara McQuain at mmcquain@co.grand.co.us now!

HTA and VOC Adopt-a-Trail Training this Saturday

Headwaters Trails Alliance is partnering with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and Outdoor Stewardship Institute to provide an Adopt-A-Trail and trail volunteer training this Saturday, May 12th. from 8am-4pm. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can give back directly to your favorite places! This training regularly $40 is being offered for free to current and future trail volunteers for Headwaters Trails Alliance. Learn how to construct and maintain trail tread and drainage features. Trainees will learn how to address fallen lumber and hazard trees along the trail, plus proper procedures for reporting volunteer work and trail issues. Volunteer leadership, risk management, and tool safety topics will also be covered. Some classroom time but most of the day is practice in the field. A light breakfast and lunch is provided but bring snacks and water and dress appropriately. Tools are provided. YOU MUST RSVP BEFORE SATURDAY – email gcadoptatrail@gmail.com or visit http://headwaterstrails.org/event/hta-voc-adopt-trail-volunteer-training/

Colorado Public Lands Day Outdoor Stewardship Workshop 19 May

Join Headwaters Trails Alliance, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, US Forest Service-Sulphur Ranger District, and fellow outdoor enthusiasts in celebration of the 2nd Colorado Public Lands Day. Different stations geared towards outdoor recreation will be presented at St. Louis Creek Campground Saturday May 19th from 10am-4pm. Participants can learn about trail maintenance techniques, wilderness ethics and regulations, crosscut and hand saw training and wildlife safety.

This is free for anyone who would like to learn more about the environment you play in and enjoy. Snacks and door prizes will be provided. Please RSVP for this workshop by calling HTA at 970-726-1013 or emailing gcadoptatrail@gmail.com

Annual Trails Night Saturday May 19

HTA Trails Night is the annual kickoff party to the summer trails field season. Join us at the Headwaters office in Fraser from 5-7pm on Saturday May 19th to learn about the upcoming 2018 trail projects and events from different government agencies and trail organizations. There will be a number of agencies and organizations giving updates on their projects and events including USFS-Sulphur Ranger District, Bureau of Land Management-Kremmling office , NPS-Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Grand County Wilderness Group, Grand Mountain Bike Alliance, and more! Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

Please RSVP by calling HTA at 970-726-1013 or emailing gcadoptatrail@gmail.com Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Come learn how you can get involved.

Adopt -a-Trail is headed by Headwaters Trails Alliance operating with the US Forest Service and is the best friend of our county trails system. Grant writing by HTA has helped fund summer staff to head this ever-expanding program because the concept is so beneficial and really works. People taking care of a specific trail are also cognizant of the need to take care of all our trails. Many more trails need attention. Please consider adopting your favorite trail by contacting Erica Bean, HTA Adopt-A-Trail Coordinator at GCadoptatrail@gmail.com or Meara McQuain at HTA 970-726-1013.

June happenings –

For National Trails Day June 2, HTA is organizing work in the Phases area near Tabernash. More as the plan develops. Later in the month, a two-day Wilderness First Aid Training will be available in Winter Park. Details to follow.

Pray for sunshine so we can enjoy the outdoors in this picturesque Grand County with the snow still in the mountains and lush green in the valleys. But be aware that Mother Nature can be fickle – be prepared in the back country where there is still lots of snow. Carry extra clothing, food and water and always tell someone where you are going.