Volunteer

Your help is needed and appreciated!

  • Pack Horse Assisted Trail Work Campout on Cow Creek Trail- Tuesday, September 3rd and Wednesday, September 4th. Crews will work the first four miles of Cow Creek Trail #220 from the trailhead on Cow Creek Rd. (CR 12, Forest Service Road 857). Meet at the Ridgway Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. on September 3rd. This trip is pack horse assisted, so camping gear will be taken up to the high camp for overnight camping. There is also the option to participate for the first day only. Vehicle access will require 4WD high clearance beyond the Cow Creek crossing. Contact Wilderness Crew Leader John Hulburd at 360-643-1593, wholebird@gmail.com for more information and to register.

Help us maintain and restore hiking trails in and around Ouray County.  We work with the Uncompahgre National Forest and others to keep some of America’s most dramatic and beautiful trails in shape.  To participate, join the Ouray Trail Group, then sign up for one of the scheduled trips below, and join our email list to hear about other single-day work opportunities.

Wilderness 1 day or 2-day (overnight) weekend trips:

Trail Work Weekend!  Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th.  Due to snow conditions, the hut trip is now an overnight trailwork campout at a lower elevation. Meet at the Dallas Trailhead at 9 a.m. and hike/work along the Dallas Corbett Loop, with camp on the Corbett Canyon connector. You can participate as a day trip either day or overnight. Contact John Hulburd at (360) 643-1593, wholebird@gmail.com.

  • June 23: Blue Lakes Trail, Mt. Sneffels Wilderness. Blue Lakes Trail from CR 7 trailhead to treeline above Lower Blue Lake.
  • July 13-14: Cutler Creek Trail and nearby trails, Uncompahgre Wilderness.  This will be an overnight campout.
  • August 10-11: Little Cimarron Trail, Uncompahgre Wilderness.  This will be an overnight car campout.
  • September 3-4: Cow Creek Trail, Uncompahgre Wilderness.  This will be an overnight horse assisted campout.
  • September 14-15: Horsethief-Difficulty-Dexter Creek Trails, Uncompahgre Wilderness.  This will be an overnight horse assisted campout.

For more information, contact Wilderness Crew Leader John Hulburd, 360-463-1593, wholebird@gmail.com. 

Front Country single day weekend trips:

  • Saturday, June 1st Community Work Day- Perimeter Trail
  • Every Monday and Thursday- Check with Hale for details

For more information, contact Front Country Crew Leader Hale Houts, 248-807-8613, hhouts1@gmail.com.

Other work days are organized periodically from May through August for wilderness and front country trail work.  Contact the crew leaders above to join the email list and find out when and where we are working.

Trail Register Maintenance:

These folks are responsible for collecting and replacing trail register sheets at trailheads.  We maintain 39 trail register boxes, and you may sign up for whatever you are able to do.  Contact Lisa Hickman, 970-209-5246, lisahickman3@gmail.com.

Training Opportunity:

August 8th:  Cross Cut Training and Certification  The U.S. Forest Service will provide a one-day crosscut saw training and certification in Ouray.  The morning classroom session, 8:00 a.m., is at the Ridgway Visitor Center, and the afternoon field practice and certification is on a nearby trail. Participants who want to be certified must wear long pants, leather gloves, sturdy leather shoes and eye protection.  All OTG members are welcome, at no cost!  Take this opportunity to learn backcountry trail skills from professionals.  For more information and to register, contact Steve Boyle, 970-417-2183, s.boyle3329@gmail.com

 

Membership Information

The membership of the Ouray Trail Group is voluntary, and new members are always welcome. To join OTG and be placed on an email list to receive notice of meeting dates, projects, and more, click below.

Ouray Trail Group Ouray Colorado

PO Box 50 | Ouray, CO 81427 | https://ouraytrails.org

We are a non-profit corporation of volunteers, founded in 1986, dedicated to the preservation and safe public use of Ouray County's trails, working in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, Ouray Ranger District. Copyright 2019 Ouray Trail Group.

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