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Hunter Creek project work starts Tuesday

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will begin the first of four July outings next week in the Hunter Creek Valley.

At 4 p.m. on July 8, 15, 22 and 29, the nonprofit will organize volunteers to work on the rerouting of the Iowa Shaft cutoff to make an easy-to-climb trail from the Hunter Creek Valley floor to Smuggler Mountain.

Volunteers can arrive at the BLM parking lot off Hunter Creek Road any time between 4 and 6 p.m. on those days and catch the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers shuttle to the registration tent. Work on the trail will continue until dusk, when volunteers will receive dinner and beverages. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, water and friends. Pets aren't allowed.

Project partners include city of Aspen Parks and Open Space, Pitkin County Open Space, the U.S. Forest Service, the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, the National Forest Foundation Ski Conservation Fund and Jim Grusecki.

For more information on this project, for a map to the parking area and to sign up, visit