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Diana Lynn Rau: Best check on conditions before hitting the trail

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

To find out the latest trails affected by wind and rain storms, contact the Sulphur Ranger District Visitor Information Desk at 970-887-4100. Find out where you should and should not be hiking. You can lend a hand to help crews helping clear areas that otherwise not to be cleaned up this season.

Duckie Race

The Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails annual Duckie Race is Aug. 21 starting at the bridge below the Fraser Rodeo Grounds on County Road 73 at 2 p.m. Bring the kids and your waders to help herd the plastic duckies down the creek toward the finish.

FVPT serves the interests of all trail users in the Fraser Valley and 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.

Buy your duckies and win local prizes including $250 cash as well or donate a prize for the cause. One duck- $5, Cluck of 3 ducks – $12, or a flock of 12 ducks – $36. For more information, call Diana Lynn Rau 970-887-0547 or Louise Powers, 970-726-4209 or email fvpt2@cs.com to get a PDF flier.

Construction work on the Broome Hut on Second Creek is progressing by leaps and bounds. The foundation is in and crews are now working seven days a week. 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 hard hat if you have it to the trailhead at mile post 240 on US 40 on west side of Berthoud Pass. These are also milling and prep work jobs in Fraser. Marilyn and Andy can advise what work is needed. Contact Andy at 970-726-4099. Remember, free nights for helping build your hut.

Coming events

The second race in the Headwaters Trails Alliance Run the Ranches series is this Sunday, Aug. 21, at Sol Vista Basin at Granby Ranch. What a delightful way to support trails – come take a hike with your family.

The third and final run/walk in the series is Sept. 18 at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. All proceeds benefit Grand County Trails. For more info on 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. Ask about FREE wood for trail volunteers!

Free bike clinics at Sol Vista are alternate Saturdays 11am-noon with next dates Aug. 20 – Improving Cornering Techniques and Aug. 27 Conquering Steep Terrain.

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 Aug. 27. Visit http://www.epicsingletrack.com, call the Winter Park Competition Center at 970-726-1590 or email ccenter@winterparkresort.com to register or get more details.

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

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