Lollipop Trail extension work continues in Aspen |

Lollipop Trail extension work continues in Aspen

A crew with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers works last summer on the Lollipop Trail extension project on the backside of Smuggler Mountain.
Aspen Times file photo |

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What: Lollipop Trail Extension Project

When: July 14, 21; 4 p.m. until dusk

Where: Meet at the base of Smuggler.

What to bring: Work/trail shoes, water (at least 1 liter), sunscreen, hat, work gloves, rain gear, snacks.

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Locals looking to give back to the community joined the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and braved the rain Tuesday on Smuggler Mountain with shovels in hand.

Last year, the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers built the Iowa Shaft Cutoff Trail. This year, in an effort to “enhance the trail system,” the group is working to extend the Lollipop Trail, said Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers Director David Hamilton.

To expedite this project, which the group hopes to complete by August, the group has reached out to the community for help by hosting informal volunteer sessions on Tuesday evenings since early June.

“For all the people that use the trails, it would be great to see some of that given back,” said volunteer Susan Cross, who’s been with the organization for nearly 14 years.

Hamilton said the turnout has been “pretty good,” and that they typically get anywhere from 23 to 28 volunteers. While Tuesday night’s weather deterred some of its usual suspects, “RFOV does things rain or shine, because you never really know what the weather’s going to do at any given moment,” Hamilton said.

To make it easier for people to get involved, the group offers a shuttle every half hour from 4 to 5:30 p.m. from the junction of Smuggler Road and the cutoff trail for the Smuggler Platform to drive volunteers up to the start of the trail. It also provides pizza and beer for volunteers after their work, which they wrap up around dusk.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers plans to continue this meeting over the next two Tuesdays.

“It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community,” Cross said. “And it’s been really great to see the progress.”

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