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Hanging Lake trail needs YOUR help!

At the end of the Hanging Lake Trail is an emerald oasis. PHOTO VIA WIKIPEDIA AND THE CREATIVE COMMONS.

135 volunteers needed for Sept. 18-19  trail-building session

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Hanging Lake Trail is a popular spot for travelers along the I-70 corridor. Once you’ve finished the short, steep climb and you’re resting beside the emerald pools or cooling off in the spray of a moss-draped waterfall, it’s hard to believe you’re within a couple of miles of a busy interstate highway.

But some 80,000 visitors per year have taken a toll on the trail, which has resulted in some serious erosion on the steep slopes in the spectacular canyon. The area is being restored, and to put some of the finishing touches on the trail, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is looking for a huge grassroots effort on Sept. 18 and Sept. 19.

The nonprofit group says 135 volunteers are needed each day to help build stone steps and rock walls to keep the trail sustainable and capable of safely handling the significant volume of hikers. Volunteers will work in small teams led by skilled leaders.

Camping is available beginning Friday evening, and meals will be provided for volunteers beginning Saturday. Check-in begins at 7:30am both mornings.

To Volunteer: Volunteers must pre-register to ensure adequate quantities of tools, supplies, and food.  Register for one or two days via the Project Calendar at www.voc.org, or by contacting Fletcher@voc.org or 303-715-1010, x112.  Volunteers may register for one or both days. The minimum age to volunteer is 16. Volunteers should bring water and work gloves, and wear sunscreen, sturdy boots, and layered clothing.

Who: This effort is being organized by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in partnership with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and the White River National Forest, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District. Funding support was provided by the National Forest Foundation and the Colorado State Trails Program.

About Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is a statewide nonprofit volunteer organization whose mission is to motivate and enable citizens to be active stewards of Colorado’s natural resources. Since 1984, more than 60,000 citizens led by skilled volunteer leaders have helped protect, enhance, restore, and preserve Colorado’s natural places through their work with VOC – a total donated labor value of over $16 million.  Throughout the year, VOC offers hands-on opportunities for people of all ages and skill levels to volunteer outdoors throughout the state and help with stewardship efforts such as restoring trails in wilderness areas, constructing paths in city parks, and protecting fragile riverside habitat.  For information, visit www.voc.org.

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