Grizzly Lake Trail Repair Project - Phase 1 of 2.

2017 BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trail Grant Recipient. 

Grizzly Lake Trail Repair Project - Phase 1.

Today we were able to complete work on the first obstacle and creek crossing. Two winch anchors were placed and a barrier fence was built to keep users on the trail and to eliminate winching to trees. 13 volunteers combined to contribute over 100 hours of project time. Thank you to Ryan Boudreau and Mile-Hi Jeep Club for helping with the project. Phase 2 will include trail signage and a kiosk. The Grizzly Lake Trail is open all the way to the lake.

2018 Spring Trash Clean Ups - San Isabel National Forest and Neighboring BLM Lands

CORE Trash Patrols began on April 25th, 2018. Areas of weekly trash patrols are as follows...

  • Hope Gulch
  • Cottonwood Basin
  • Arkansas River from the Fourmile Turnoff to Railroad Bridge
  • Fourmile North - CR 375 and all the spurs, Lenhardy Cutoff, CR 315, CR 304, CR 308, CR 311.
  • Cottonwood Pass - dispersed campsites
  • Mt Antero Trail
  • St Elmo
  • Hancock Pass
  • Grizzly Lake Trail
  • Clohesy Lake
  • Lost Canyon Road
  • Slide Lake TH
  • Chalk Mountain
  • Halfmoon Creek/Champion Mill

 

Introducing the CORE Response Team

Over the past year CORE has come a long way, and after our end of season meetings with the Forest Service and our own debrief, we have made it a point to up our level of organization. Over the past several months we have been approached by several individuals looking to get involved with projects. It's been incredible to see the outpouring of support, and people genuinely wanting to get involved to make a difference. Without having a centralized and direct way to communicate, we felt the need to standardize a system of reporting issues and a way to build a team willing to go out on work projects. To satisfy all of these needs, we created the CORE response Team. This concept will be put into action via our new Facebook group called the "CORE Response Team". 

RESPONSE TEAM LINK

This is a closed group and anyone can request membership. Once approved you will get notifications anytime we have a request for volunteers, projects or when another member posts information regarding trail issues on public lands in the Salida and Leadville FS Districts. 

The group description from this page is as follows: 


CORE Response Team Group Notification Page 

Please remember to turn on All Notifications for this group. This group is heavily moderated and the only notifications you will get will be for a work project, request for volunteers or an administrative update. 

The purpose of this page is to notify CORE of issues within the Salida and Leadville Forest Service Districts. If you come across a trail issue, we welcome you to post it here so a team can be assembled to deal with the issue. If you need to report an issue, while posting here is an acceptable way to reach us it is better to message our FB page or email us at info@keeptrailsopen.org 

When requesting assistance for a clean up, reporting a trail maintenance issue or reporting trail resource damage, please include specific location, contact information, trail issue and trail conditions. There is no fee for our assistance. We operate entirely on sponsorships, grants, donations and membership dues. Please visit our Facebook page, and our website for more information about getting involved, as well as how we operate. 

https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoOffRoadEnterprise/

www.keeptrailsopen.org

**Please note, if posts/comments are off-topic and deviate from the stated goal above, they will be removed.**

We are really excited about this as it will be a way to organize our own work projects and a way we can assist our partners in the area with their projects. Not from the area, but want to stay updated on the work CORE is doing? Join the group! Not a CORE member but want to volunteer for projects? Join the group! This will be a great way to keep up to date with all the upcoming projects and activity. We were also amazed at how many different groups were willing to participate in our projects. This will also give us the opportunity to highlight their work.


We would also like to thank Colorado 4x4 Rescue and Recovery. They have been supportive of CORE, and their board of directors has been a tremendous resource. Their operate statewide and have a tremendous system in place to organize recoveries. Check out their page.

Set Them Free Rally

We were fortunate enough to attend, and help, with the Set Them Free rally this year based at the Poncha Springs Fairgrounds. The rally was held July 1st and 2nd. Set Them Free is working to end human trafficking globally. You can find more info on their website, stfoffroad.org. They host a large Off Road rally every year to bring awareness and raise money for their cause. We had a booth at the event and handed out stickers and info about CORE. We got to hit the trails both days as we helped tail-gun for groups on Iron Chest and Tincup Pass. Saturday on the Iron Chest trail ride there were 23 vehicles that ended up on the trip. We were a little nervous about so many vehicle, but were pleasantly surprise as we didn't meet another party going up or down the trail. There was still a little bit of snow up near the top, and it was apparent the trail had not been open long. We identified several areas for maintenance to be done later this summer, we are also working to adopt this trail with the County Commissioners. 

Sunday we helped to tail-gun for the Tincup Pass trip. The pass was still covered in snow at the top, so it make for an out and back trip. The weather was beautiful and we had a smaller group of 11 vehicles, which made the trip relaxing. We did take several photos and send them to the FS at the top of Tincup where several side-by-sides had gone off the trail and around the snow drifts. Remember to always stay on the trail no matter what, and if the trail is not passable, park and walk or turn around. 

We worked with several of the guys from Colorado 4x4 Rescue and Recovery during the weekend and we are fortune to have their support of CORE. You can find more info on them at: co4x4rnr.org.

Grizzly Lake Trail Work

At the start of the 2017 trail season, CORE was contacted mid-June this year by several groups notifying us of several trees down on our Grizzly Lake Trail. We were scheduled to participating in the Set Them Free rally July 1st and 2nd, so the trail needed to be cleaned up and open ASAP. We assembled several CORE members and headed out early June 25th to clean things up. We trimmed trees hanging into the trail at the first creek crossing, the worst part, and then all along the trail up to the lake. The first avalanche chute required removal of several trees that had been laid across the by a large avalanche during the winter. Several additional trees were across the trail as it winds through the dark timber just before the lake. These were large enough to require vehicles to move out of the road once cut. Our group was rewarded with unbelievable weather and views at the lake. We relaxed for most of the early afternoon before returning home. Thanks to our dedicated CORE members for helping with the work day, we couldn't do it without you!