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Volunteers needed Thursday for midvalley trail work

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This map shows the trail work underway between the existing Buckhorn Traverse and Glassier singletrack trails on the Crown in the Emma area.

Volunteers are needed this evening to help create a connection between two singletrack trails in the midvalley.

For the next two Thursday evenings the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association will coordinate the volunteer efforts to connect the Buckhorn Traverse with the Glassier Trail. They are both located on the Crown in the Emma area. Work will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on June 29 and July 6.

There also will be a workday on the same segment Sunday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That is co-sponsored by Aloha Mountain Cyclery.

About 3 miles of new singletrack trail will be built. It will eliminate the need to take double-track routes to connect Buckhorn Extension and Glassier. Once the work is completed, it will make an 8-mile jug handle loop off of the paved Rio Grande Trail, according to Mike Pritchard, executive director of the mountain bike association.

"By the end of July we'll polish up," Pritchard said.

Workers are advised to park in the Hooks Spur parking area, ride up the Glassier Trail and take the old ranching roads over to the work site. Tools have been hauled to the site. Workers must bring appropriate clothes and shoes as well as snacks and water.

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Beverages will be served around dusk at the Hooks Spur parking lot.

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