You can thank local agencies for Grand County’s great trails |

You can thank local agencies for Grand County’s great trails

Diana Lynn Rau
Grand County Trails
Diana Lynn Rau
Staff Photo |

Agencies in Grand County are definitely working for you. Trails took a beating this spring from the huge runoff from almost record snows. Where trails had been in need of repairs before, now those trails need attention.

In today’s busy world, some people barely have time to get out and enjoy the beauty surrounding us in Grand County, let alone help maintain that beauty. Agencies like BLM and the U.S. Forest Service as well as organizations like Headwaters Trails Alliance (HTA) and International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) have provided opportunities to learn about both trail building and maintenance as well as bring in groups who are working on our trails.

HTA was granted additional funding this year by the Grand County commissioners for additional field personnel to work with trail adopters and groups signing up for public service work. They have been busy. There’s nothing like the strong backs and willing spirits of youth groups like Timberline Lodge youth group and the Snow Mountain Ranch Leadership Teen program under supervision by HTA staff.

This weekend, HTA is presenting Subaru/IMBA’s Trail Building School on Saturday. The session starts 9 a.m. at the Winter Park Town Hall for classroom discussion. Lunch will be provided from noon to 1 p.m., and then the group proceeds to the Vasquez Trail System for field work until 4:30 p.m. Because of grants written by HTA, cost is free but bring long pants, eye protection, sunscreen, hat, bug spray, closed-toe shoes, raingear, water and snacks.

Call HTA at 970-726-1013 for more information, or to register visit

Sunday, the Forest Service will be meeting a group of wilderness volunteers to work on the Roaring Fork Trail for an entire week. The group will meet at 9 a.m. at the Shadow Mountain Village for safety talks and to go over backcountry procedures. They are then busing to Arapaho Bay where the trailhead to Roaring Fork is. Call the Forest Service at 970-887-4100 or 970-509-9104 for information.

Hike for Spencer

On Saturday, the 4th Annual Hike for Spencer starts with registration at 8 a.m. at the base of Mary Jane. Spencer Nelson was an elite athlete for the Competition Center and a Division 1 Alpine racer for the University of Colorado. He died four years ago in a tragic climbing accident in the Maroon Bells.

The hike raises money for the Spencer Nelson Memorial Fund-Winter Park Ski Education Foundation used to fund Competition Center fees and travel expenditures for youths who would otherwise not be able to participate in Winter Park Competition Center. To register for the hike or donate money to the fund, visit

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