Pagosa Area Trails Council Announces June Projects

Summer is reaching the trails. Lots of flowers are blooming and snow can be seen receding daily from the high points. Already, volunteers have been active on the lower elevation trails cutting back brush and refining the trail tread.

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.

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 27 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

June 1 from 9am to 2pm
8th Grade Service Project
Meeting Location: Turkey Springs
Project Summary: Supervisors needed! Game plan is to build another reroute to move the trail out of the meadows where trail braiding and erosion are occurring. Project priority is keeping the kids safe with their tools. Expect our project hike to be approximately three miles.
Contact: Tyler Albers- talbers@fs.fed.us

June 7 from 6pm to 8:30pm
WCWC Cloman Park Project
Meeting Location: Cloman Park
Project Summary: First WCWC project of the season. We will be brushing trail, including removing slick pine needles and sticks that are a danger to bike riders and cutting out overgrowth. Project is low difficulty. Expect our project hike to be approximately three miles.
Contact: Janine Emmets – janine@pagosamountainsports.com

June 13 from 7:30am to 2pm
Tuesday Trail Project Day
Meeting Location: Camino Real Pagosa parking lot – we will carpool to the trailhead
Project Summary: We will continue brushing one of our more widely used trails in the Turkey Springs area. Once we complete this project mountain bikers will have a clearer pathway for riding and walkers less brush slapping their ankles. 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

June 23 from 5pm to 8pm
Trails Database Project
Meeting Location: Visitor Center Conference Room
Project Summary: A non-hiking project. We need 8-10 volunteers who are familiar with Pagosa Trails to enter trail information and data into a database.
Know Before You Go: Bring your computer and a zip drive. Dinner will be provided.
Contact: Please RSVP with Stacy Boone – info@stepoutdoorscolorado.com

June 24 from 7:30am to 3pm
Coal Creek Trail Project
Meeting Location: Archuleta County Fairgrounds – we will carpool to the trailhead
Project Summary: We spent two Saturday’s on this trail in 2016 but have yet to reach the ridge. Project is moderate due to elevation gain. We will hike approximately four miles to the ridge and work our way down brushing and cutting out the trail as needed leaving any remaining tasks for a follow-up crew.
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

June 25 from 8am to 2pm
WCWC Treasure Mountain Project
Meeting Location: Pagosa Mountain Sports
Project Summary: We will be working on the lower portion of the trail accessible via East Fork. Our focus is brushing the trail and working on tread that has been washed away over the winter season. Project is moderate difficulty. Expect our project hike to be approximately five miles.
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: Janine Emmets – janine@pagosamountainsports.com

June 28 from 7:30am to 3pm
Little Blanco Trail Project
Meeting Location: Archuleta County Fairgrounds – we will carpool to the trailhead
Project Summary: Over the past two years we have done a significant amount of work on the upper reaches of the Little Blanco Trail. On this project day, our goal is to clean or create water mitigation features that will maintain the integrity and stability of the trail for a longer time. Our primary tools will be a Pulaski and McLeod, with each crew working together at their ability. We will be working above 10,000-feet for the duration of this project. Space is limited to 8 persons.
Know Before You Go: Lunch, snacks and tools are provided. Wear long pants and close toed shoes; a long-sleeved shirt is suggested. Dress for the weather. Bring work gloves, eye protection and water.
Contact: Please RSVP with Stacy Boone – info@stepoutdoorscolorado.com
About Pagosa Area Trails Council (PATC)

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/

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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.