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Volunteers needed Saturday to reroute Upper Blue Ribbon Trail near Carbondale

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Volunteers are being sought to work on the reroute of a trail on Red Hill near Carbondale on Saturday.

The Red Hill Council and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers are seeking muscle from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to reroute Upper Blue Ribbon Trail. The project falls on Colorado Public Lands Day.

"This is your opportunity to give back to Red Hill to improve the trail alignment and sustainability on this well-used trail system," said a notice from the organizers.

The existing route is an old Jeep road that goes straight up the hill, said Davis Farrar, president of the Red Hill Council. "The new route will be a flowing, sustainable alignment designed for interest and easier access to the top," he said.

About 1,500 feet of steep, rocky trail will be replaced with 0.8 mile that better utilizes the terrain, according to Farrar.

Volunteers will meet at the Red Hill parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to register. Dinner and refreshments will be provided at the end of the day. Volunteers should bring proper clothing, including gloves, along with snacks and lunch. Dogs must be left at home.

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Advance registration is available at rfov.org.

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