Your help is needed and appreciated!
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 Weekends!
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. 17, staying 2 nights in backcountry huts provided by San Juan Huts of Ridgway. On June 6 we will stay at the Ridgway Hut, and on June 7 we will stay at the Burn Hut with a barbecue dinner provided by OTG. Don’t miss this opportunity to do valuable trail work on a moderate-difficulty trail, and enjoy late afternoons and evenings in the comfort of the huts! Limited to 8 participants, and advance sign-up is required.
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.
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.
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.
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, email@example.com.
Front Country single day trips:
For more information, contact Front Country Crew Leader Hale Houts, 248-807-8613, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-417-2183
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.
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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