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Diana Lynn Rau: Fall outdoor activities upon us

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

Rocky Mountain National Park presents Elk Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Holzwarth Historic Site Picnic Area. Come enjoy the interactive exhibits designed for all ages. Leaves are just starting to turn and the bugling of the elk can be heard in the evening hours.

The last of Headwaters Trails Alliance successful Run the Ranches series is Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Devil’s Thumb Ranch with late registration and packet pickup from 8-9:30 a.m. Races start at 10 a.m. with a casual 2-3 mile event that is perfect for the family and a more adventuresome 7-10 mile run. Don’t miss the ranch style hospitality while experiencing a fall trail run in the scenic Rocky Mountains to benefit Headwaters Trails Alliance. For more information, please visit http://www.runtheranches.com.

The Broome Hut on Second Creek is going up and needs volunteers hopefully all month. The first snow has already come so be prepared. Framing the treated wood foundation is progressing and the drainage has been much improved. Crews are now working seven days a week to accomplish as much as possible before the weather gets bad. More help is always needed daily. If you can volunteer time to help, e-mail marilyn.anderson@q.com or signup online at http://www.grandhuts.org. There are jobs available for both the strong back and the frail. Sign up or just 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.

Fall turns thought to wood gathering for winter and HTA has trees to be cleared on the Fraser to Granby Trail. 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!

Coming events

National Public Lands Day is Sept. 24 with registration at the YMCA of the Rockies from 7-8 a.m. If you use the local trails system, plan to give back.

Projects this year include the RMNP Bowen Gulch Connector Trail, U.S. Forest Service tree planting at Stillwater campground, BLM Colorado River cleanup, the BLM Hurd Peak Trail, reroute by HTA on the popular Flume Trail, and Forest Service turnpike construction on Blizzard Pass. For more information and to sign up, call or email BJ Duffy 970-887-4120 bjduffy@fs.fed.us or Maura McKnight 970-726-1013 hta@headwaterstrails.org .

The 2nd Annual Fraser Valley Fall Duathlon is Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center starting at 9 a.m. for participants of all ages. The Duathlon is approximately a 2-2.5 mile trail run / 10-12 mile off road bike / and a 2-2.5 mile run. Contact michelle@fraservalleyrec.org, call 970-726-8968, or visit http://www.fraservalleyrec.org for more information. Register online at active.com.

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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