Volunteers sought for trail work in Sky Mountain Park
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is working with Pitkin County Open Space and Trails to conduct volunteer trail work evenings every Tuesday in June to build the new Cozy Line Trail on the Sky Mountain Park Open Space.
The trail will climb from a new trailhead on Brush Creek Road near Cozy Point to connect with the Skyline Ridge Trail, which extends along the ridge from the Aspen airport radar. The Cozy Line Trail is part of a master plan for Sky Mountain Park, which will consist of nearly 14 miles of new trail and three new public trailheads and will incorporate more than 15 miles of existing trail.
Last year, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers rerouted an unsustainable portion of the Skyline Ridge Trail as a National Trails Day project. This year, the group’s four Tuesday-evening projects building the Cozy Line Trail are all National Trails Day projects. Although typically held on the first Saturday of June, the projects can be held throughout June and include hundreds of outdoor activities designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States, according to a statement from the organization.
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers is enlisting volunteers to build more than a half-mile of trail in the toughest terrain of the Cozy Line Trail and will provide the tools, materials and leadership needed for the projects, which run from 4 p.m. to dusk on June, 4, 11, 18 and 25. Volunteers are rewarded with food and beer at the end of the project.
Project partners and sponsors include Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, Aspen Parks and Open Space, Aspen Skiing Co. Environment Foundation, Aspen Cycling Club and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association.
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