Ouray to Celebrate National Trails Day with Work Party on Oak Creek
by Watch News Staff
Jun 07, 2012 | 899 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OURAY – Last year for National Trails Day, the stalwarts at the Ouray Trail Group put together a team of volunteers to reinforce switchbacks and crib washed out areas on the Dallas/Corbett loop trail northwest of town. This year, they’re providing tools and leaders for a work session that will tackle waterbar replacement and other drainage issues, reinforce switchbacks, repair washed out areas and clip brush on the popular Oak Creek/Twin Peaks trail on Ouray’s steep western edge.

This year’s National Trails Day is Saturday, June 16; volunteers will gather at 8 a.m. at the Gazebo in Hot Springs Park, says trail work leader Phil Wolkin. The Ouray Trail Group, in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, invites anyone to join the day’s celebration. As Wolkin wrote in a release, “Everyone is invited – even if you just want to hike and not work. This is ‘light’ trail work that kids and seniors can carry out. Bring water, lunch and personal gear, such as gloves and sunscreen.”

After hearing brief instructions at the Gazebo, volunteers will proceed to the trailhead via car pool or on foot, and then hike to designated areas of the trail that need improvement.

National Trails Day has been building and improving trails since 1993 under the auspice of the American Hiking Society. In 2011, there were approximately 2,000 events nationwide. Seven hundred ninety-nine projects were completed in that one day involving 188,000 volunteers and over $4 million in donated labor.

The all-volunteer Ouray Trail Group was formed in 1986 to promote and preserve the alpine trails surrounding Ouray. They have workdays every Monday and Thursday of the summer, plus an occasional Saturday. The Saturday of National Trails Day is a special celebration and a chance for folks to get out and get their hands dirty and make a difference.

The Oak Creek Trail begins at the end of South Pinecrest Drive off Oak and Queen streets west of the Uncompahgre River.

Questions? Contact Phil Wolkin at 596-4368 or 2philw@gmail.com.
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