Diana Lynn Rau: Trail project a great way to cap season
Grand Nordic Corner
Last weekend was glorious! Perfect weather for the last major trail project on the Fraser-to-Granby Trail.
Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) paired up with Adopters Winter Park Christian Church to raise the approaches to the Middle Bridge, just below the Church along US Highway 40 above Tabernash. The beavers have been most active above the trail crossing as well as below, and the trail has been flooding this summer.
The project went exceptionally well as a result of donations made by so many entities (Full disclosure: I planned the project.). We could have used another volunteer or two but those we had worked together very well. Andy Miller, M3 Property Services, donated use of his Skid-Steer, which Charlie Rau drove to move dirt/rock donated by Morrow and Sons, now Everist Materials. We used four-wheelers and trailers from the Raus and HTA. We cut logs from Tim’s Territory on Red Dirt Hill, used rebar from Jack Conrad at Grand Woodworks, and a rebar cutter donated by the Indian Peaks Rental Center .
My neighbor up the road volunteered, and Byron is neither a part of the church, nor HTA, nor an adopter but was a wonderful helper and was particularly adept with the saws, drills and logs, and a tireless worker. Gary Stanfill, Byron and I worked prepping on Friday cutting, drilling,and transporting the logs and then helped Erica Bean from HTA get her machinery.
Saturday, we slightly buried the 8-inch plastic culverts donated by the U.S. Forest Service and they were flowing while we worked. We removed existing mostly rotten logs and pinned in the new logs with rebar, raising the trail over a foot in the low places. The hardest job was actually moving the rock and dirt fill, but the Church and other volunteers were tireless.
The Church provided a coffee-donuts breakfast and lunch for everyone. HTA added sodas from NPLD and chips donated by Frito Lay. We used every bit of the select loads donated by Morrow and most of the pile of road-base dumped by Grand County as well. We used HTA’s Geotextile to keep the roadbase from sinking into the fill and keep the weeds from growing. Gary, Judy, Tim and Dave from the Church worked together like a unit with Charlie, Byron, Erica and I. Erica and I mainly drove four-wheelers back and forth with fill.
Erica has been a great addition this summer in the field for HTA. Working with the trail adopters, she has been great to deal with and a hard worker. She also took some final pictures to post on HTA website. This was a huge project to finish the season with. It’s a real fix — not a band-aid — worthy of NPLD status.
On Sunday afternoon, Charlie and I took a couple of hours to finish moving the last of the road-base, clean up after machinery, and rake it all out after final adjustments . At the cost of a drill bit and gas for the machines to be donated by FVPT, HTA has completed another fine Adopt-a-Trail project. This is another perfect example of a community working together to improve our ever-expanding and improving trails system!
Nordic Gear Swap
So after a delightful fall, it’s on to the next season – the white stuff is coming! Come sell your unwanted or outgrown Nordic gear and shop for the new season at reduced prices at Grand Nordic’s Annual Ski Swap. Join Grand Nordic at Devil’s Thumb Broad Axe Barn Friday night, Oct. 24. Be there to register gear to sell 5-6 p.m. and join the Swap with Dessert Potluck from 6-8:30 pm. Find out details on our annual free lessons and events for the coming season. We even have gear buying assistance. See you there.
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