Sign Up for Trails Council Events in May

The snow is receding and sprigs of green are popping up. Hikers and riders are anxious to hit the trails and we are excited to put on a set of gloves and do some work. The Pagosa Area Trails Council (PATC) has scheduled a couple of volunteer work projects for which we could use your help. PATC functions as one of the coordinating organizations to assist with the care and maintenance of a few of the approximately 687 miles of trails that need maintenance in the Pagosa Ranger District.

Visit the Pagosa Area Trail Council website – PagosaTrails.org – for up-to-date information on volunteer projects.

Trail work is for nearly everyone. Most projects have an array of needs, from lopping to digging to building to sawing. There is a job for every volunteer… we promise.

May 6, 2017; from 8am to 1pm
Sustainable Trail Maintenance Workshop
Meeting Location: Camino Real Pagosa parking lot – we will carpool to the trailhead
Workshop Summary: This is field practice and review. We will spend the morning learning and implementing the standards for basic annual trail maintenance, discuss how efficiency will reduce the amount of time needed on any trail and how good trail maintenance ensures a sustainable trail for the long term. No prior experience necessary.
Topics Include: CUSS’ing your tools, review of typical maintenance problems, solutions to proper brushing of trails and cleaning of drainage structures
Workshop Fee: $10, first request first reserve
Know Before You Go: This is field practice. Wear long pants and close toed shoes; a long-sleeved shirt is suggested. Dress for the weather. Bring work gloves, eye protection, lunch, snacks and water.
Contact: Please RSVP with Stacy Boone – info@stepoutdoorscolorado.com

May 9, 2017; from 7:30am to 2pm
Tuesday Trail Project Day
Meeting Location: Camino Real Pagosa parking lot – we will carpool to the trailhead
Project Summary: First project day of the season. We will begin cutting out and brushing one of our more widely used trails in the Turkey Springs area. We will work in teams with swamping being an important task. We will hike approximately four miles. No prior experience necessary.
Know Before You Go: Wear long pants and close toed shoes; a long-sleeved shirt is suggested. Dress for the weather. Bring work gloves, eye protection, lunch, snacks and water.
Contact: Please RSVP with Stacy Boone – info@stepoutdoorscolorado.com

May 27, 2017; from 7:30am to 4pm
Piedra Stock Driveway Project
Meeting Location: Camino Real Pagosa parking lot – we will carpool to the trailhead
Project Summary: This project will work on the middle section of the stock driveway and if our crew is large enough we will break into two groups and meet in the middle. Our focus is cutting out the trail and cleaning any water drainage features. We will hike approximately four to six miles. No prior experience necessary.
Know Before You Go: Wear long pants and close toed shoes; a long-sleeved shirt is suggested. Dress for the weather. Bring work gloves, eye protection, lunch, snacks and water.
Contact: Please RSVP with Stacy Boone – info@stepoutdoorscolorado.com

The Pagosa Area Trails Council (PATC) is a volunteer run 501(c)(3) organization which functions as the clearinghouse of organization and coordination for all of the trail user groups in Pagosa Springs. This is the place where all trail users are respected and come together, work together and work to meet the goal of keeping our trails open and valuable to the entire community. We have a number of goals in 2017. Those goals include:

  • Continue to facilitate a biannual Roundtable that includes all trail user groups
  • Continue to function as the liaison for all user groups to develop own work projects and to assist with marketing those projects in an annual calendar
  • Coordinate the 2017 Public Lands Day with a volunteer committee
  • Offer training opportunities that benefit all user groups
  • Be a representative user club for hikers and the associated trail work projects

For more information, please visit https://pagosatrails.org/about/

Stacy Boone

Stacy Boone is owner of Step Outdoors, LLC, and shares backcountry skills and practice, emphasizing self-awareness and confidence within recreational groups. She also serves as president of the Pagosa Area Trails Council.