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Outdoor volunteers tackle trail projects

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – The extension of Aspen’s popular Hunter Creek Trail will be among Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers’ slate of projects in and around the Roaring Fork Valley this summer.

The Hunter Creek project will connect the existing trail to the Rio Grande Trail west of the Mill Street bridge. The new length of trail, on an easement acquired by Pitkin County open space along the north side of Hunter Creek, will provide an easier-to-fund route into Hunter Creek for those unfamiliar with the existing trailhead in an east-side Aspen neighborhood.

The trail work is expected to occur in the evenings, in June or July, according to the RFOV’s “Sneak Peak” at this year’s project schedule.

Also on the project list is continued removal of tamarisk and Russian olive on riverfront parcels near the Rifle rest area, slated for April or October; and evening work in May on the Wulfsohn Upper Loop Trail in Glenwood Springs.

Continued improvement to the Arbaney-Kittle Trail outside of Basalt, focusing on the approach to the Fryingpan overlook, is scheduled June 4.

Also in the Aspen area, volunteers will tackle removal of invasive plant species on open space near the Aspen Recreation Center in June, and construct a new section of trail to connect with a newly installed bridge on the Capitol Creek Trail in June or July.

Midsummer work on the Tootsie Roll Trail on Smuggler Mountain near Aspen is also planned. Another half-mile of new trail will be constructed by extending Tootsie Roll down to the main trail near the Robbie Wade platform.

Also in midsummer, backcountry work on the Pyramid Peak Trail is planned in conjunction with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.

Finally, a new trail entrance for the Forest Service’s Weller Campground on Independence Pass is slated for July or August, and a second phase of work on the Hanging Lake Trail in Glenwood Canyon is scheduled Sept. 24 and 25. Volunteers will construct rock walls and stone steps along the heavily visited trail.

Go to http://www.rfov.org for more on the project schedule as it firms up and for information on volunteering.


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