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Upcoming summer events of hiking, biking and more

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

Summer is in full swing and the refreshing rains of the last several weeks have helped to alleviate the fire dangers. Both nearby and backcountry trails are blossoming with flowers and almost everything is green again.

Be your own watchdog for your practices in the outdoors and keep an eye out for your neighbor’s backyard as well. Fire danger is ever present and we want this valley to stay green and beautiful.

In their dedication to clearing and maintaining trails for public use, Headwaters Trails Alliance has the next scheduled workday on the Fraser-to-Granby Trail on Saturday, Aug. 4. We will meet at the YMCA parking lot in front of the Hwy. 40 Red Dirt Hill Fire Station at 9 a.m. Please bring gloves, hat and sunglasses, sunscreen, and water. Dress for grubbing as we will work on the ditching and rolling dips as you climb the hill from the 10 Mile Creek toward Val Moritz. Tools, snacks, and extra water will be provided. We will work until about 2 p.m. Call Diana Lynn for more detail, 970-887-0547.

Download a free Grand County Trails map by visiting http://www.headwaterstrails.org This free guide is available at area Chambers of Commerce and at most sporting goods stores in Grand County. Pick up your copy today, and hit the trails!

Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails

The Annual Duckie Race is scheduled for Aug. 18. This is your chance to participate in the development and preservation of multi-use trails in the Fraser Valley and maybe win some great prizes or cash. GRAND PRIZE IS $250 CASH and we offer up to about 25 other prizes donated by other businesses in the Fraser Valley. There are only a maximum of 1,000 ducks – GREAT ODDS.

The money goes toward a GREAT CAUSE. Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails is a purchaser of materials used to repair and preserve trails in the Fraser Valley by organizations such as Adopt-A-Trail. FVPT is the volunteer organization that works together with and supplies grant money to organizations and events like Headwaters Trails Alliance, Adopt-A-Trail, National Public Lands Day, and local branches of USFS, USPS, and BLM. We have created the Givelo Trail and started the Fraser to Granby Trail. We promote education among user groups with trail signs, pamphlets and trailhead signs.

Adopt one duck for $5, a cluck of 3 ducks for $12 or a flock of 12 ducks for $40. This year’s race will start at the bridge on County Road 73 below the Fraser Rodeo Grounds. Bring your waders, water shoes and fishing nets and help drive the plastic ducks down the creek toward the finish line. Contact Jeff Russell at 970-531-1582, Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547, or email fvpt2@cs.com for an adoption form.

Broome Hut

Thanks to many volunteers and the beautiful weather, the work on the Hut is ahead of schedule but that can change at any moment. Summer monsoons come and go each day so be prepared. In the coming days, volunteers are applying stucco, installing windows and exterior doors, and adding ice and water shield to the roof. Please visit http://www.Grandhuts.org to sign up. Plug yourself in wherever you would be most useful. Your expertise or just grunt work is very appreciated. Many thanks to Rise and Shine and Carvers for their almost daily donations of bagels and rolls for the volunteers.

Volunteers will be working seven days a week until October so check out the website, call Andy 970-531-0674 or email Patrick Gnehm volunteer coordinator at Patrick.gnehm@gmail.com. Visit the website to see the new fundraiser – “Build the Hut with Pixels.” If you can’t volunteer your time, buy a $20 block of pixels to complete the Hut construction picture.

And the latest – the Tribute Brick Fundraiser. Most backcountry huts have been built as memorial to special people who loved our mountains. If your family or group would like to honor such a person, please call 970-726-9877 or email info@grandhuts.org to discuss the idea. Honor someone special by purchasing a Tribute Brick – the gift that lasts. Tribute bricks will be displayed in the Great Room of the Broome Hut. Your donation will help Grand Huts complete this important project and the inscription on your brick will be a permanent indication of your contribution and memorial.

Park Service

Rocky Mountain National Park has scheduled hikes and walks every week including guided informative hikes about our native heritage, flower walks, night sky, and hikes through history or to local popular spots like Adams Falls and other wilderness spots. Call 970-627-3471 or visit http://www.nps.gov for dates and times.

Bike Granby Ranch

Free mountain biking clinics are scheduled every Saturday 11 a.m.-noon. Meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Bike Shop at Base Camp Lodge. Free lift rides for hikers to the top of the mountain. Meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Bike Shop at Base Camp Lodge. Held every Saturday, these free, one-hour clinics focus on skills and techniques to help you master mountain biking. Learn the right way to negotiate obstacles, stay safe, and make the most of your riding opportunities. Next in the series is Making the Most of your Climbing Ability Aug. 4.

Winter Park Resort

Locals Wednesday is happening through the end of August offering two-for-one downhill mountain bike package and extended hours until 7 p.m. Just ask for the locals deal.

The sixth race of the Epic Single Track Race series is Saturday, Aug 4. The race starts at 10 a.m. and is open to riders of all abilities 8 years and older. Each racer receives a quality race, post-race refreshments, and a chance to win raffle prizes. For more information, visit epicsingletrack.com or contact Winter Park Resort’s Competition Center by calling 970-726-1590 or 303-316-1590, or email ccenter@winterparkresort.com.

If you have information to share about trails events in Grand County, please call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547 or email dianalrau@gmail.com.

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