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From late March through July 2020, the Ouray Trail Group (OTG) fielded 31 separate work trips on National Forest trails in the Ouray Ranger District. The trips included 3 multi-day trips and 28 single-day trips. Sixty volunteers contributed at minimum 1,168 volunteer hours organizing trips and performing trail maintenance on the National Forest. Through July OTG has cleared 445 down trees from 58 miles of trail, removed encroaching brush and saplings, and repaired tread by removing rocks and debris, removing slough and restoring tread width and outslope, cleaning drains, building new drains including rolling grade dips, and blocking or filling short sections of multiple treads and switchback shortcuts.
The land exchange is complete, the Forest Service has approved the route, and OTG volunteers have begun building the new section of Perimeter Trail between Old Twin Peaks Trail and Oak St. Flagging the route, rock removal and the installation of steps have been some of the first steps in the process. The tread is only "roughed in" at this time. Click on the Volunteer tab for information on how you can help.
Eleven OTG crew members spent three days on the Middle Fork Trail, teaming with USFS personnel and pack horse support. The group repaired tread and fixed eroded trail sections, in addition to clearing 40 downed trees on the Middle Fork Trail and 10 trees on the Porphyry Trail! The Backcountry Crew is looking forward to their next work weekend on August 15th and 16th (see Volunteer tab). Click Read More below to see additional photos!
Kricket Sherer, USFS, works with Tim Foulkes to repair a cairn on the trail.
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