Volunteer

Your help is needed and appreciated!

  • If you've been thinking about volunteering with OTG, this is your chance!  In addition to weekday work trips on trails near Ouray, the OTG Wilderness and Backcountry program has scheduled five 2 and 3 day work trips.  Those attending the entire trip will enjoy camping out with old and new friends, and in most cases, it's also possible to join the crew for less than the entire trip. Work one day or both!  See dates and information below.  Contact John at 360-643-1593 or wholebird@gmail.com for more info.

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.

2020 Wilderness 1 day or 2-day (overnight) weekend trips:

Trail Work Weekends!  

  • June 6-7, 2020: Dallas Trail Work Weekend

    We will clear down trees, remove brush, and repair tread and drainage features on the Dallas Trail from Blue Lakes Trailhead on County Rd. 7 east to County Rd. 5, camping out on the trail Saturday night.  Don’t miss this opportunity to do valuable trail work on the beautiful Dallas Trail and enjoy the late afternoon and evening in camp!  Please contact John at 360-643-1593.

  • June 27-28, 2020: Stealey Mtn South Trail,

    This trail southeast of Ridgway has not seen maintenance for awhile, and part of the trail was burned in the 2019 Cow Creek Fire.  Join us for a weekend work session with easy car-accessible overnight camping along Forest Rd. 857 (CR 12).  Each day we will walk up the moderate to steep Stealey Mountain South Trail to clear down trees, remove brush and other obstacles, and repair tread.

  • July 10-12, 2020: Middle Fork Trail,

    Join OTG for a 3-day packhorse-supported trip in the Uncompahgre Wilderness to work on the Middle Fork Trail in the Middle Fork Cimarron River valley.  We will enjoy backpack-style camping in the incomparable mountain scenery with time in the afternoon and evenings to relax, fish, or explore. Packhorses provided by the U.S. Forest Service or a local outfitter will carry our camping gear and supplies to camp and back out to the trailhead!  Advance sign-up is required to plan for the pack support.

  • August 15-16, 2020: Storm Gulch, Baldy, and Shortcut Trails,

    Join us for a 2-day backcountry trip with backpack-style camping in the Uncompahgre Wilderness near Baldy Peak.  Packhorses provided by a local outfitter will carry camping gear and supplies. 

  • September 12-13, 2020: Corbett Canyon and Oak Creek Trails,

    A 2-day backpack-style camping trip on two high trails just west of Ouray.  Join us and help clear avalanche debris remaining from the 2019 season, improve the Corbett Creek stream crossing, and clear trails that are close to Ouray but have a high mountain, remote feel.  Pack stock support for the high camp is possible, details will be released when available.

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

Front Country single day trips:

  • Every Monday and Thursday- Check with Hale for details
  • Horsethief Trail from Bridge of Heaven beyond to the Uncompahgre Wilderness boundary (dates to follow)
  • Bear Creek Trail and Bear Creek South Fork Trail, working with volunteers from the Hardrock Hundred endurance run (dates to follow)

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, ouray.otg@gmail.com.

Training Opportunity:

OTG and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Trail Skills Training Day

June 20, 2020

OTG trail work volunteers:  sharpen your skills and learn new solutions and techniques for hiking trail maintenance and repair.

The U.S. Forest Service has funded and arranged a 1-day training for OTG volunteers on trail maintenance skills.  The training will be taught by trail professionals from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), a Denver-based nonprofit that provides training and volunteer opportunities to support public land trails and ecological restoration.  The training will include a morning classroom session in Ouray, and afternoon hands-on trail work on a Ouray-area hiking trail.  The course will focus on understanding how trails are designed and managed, how to recognize trail maintenance issues and judge their importance, and how to maintain and repair trails emphasizing tread surface drainage, erosion, and stabilization.  Time, location, and other details will be announced soon.

For information, contact Steve Boyle, s.boyle3329@gamil.com, 970-417-2183

 

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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