Date(s) - 07/22/2017
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Meet at Deckers Hall
NEW DATE TBD
Springs Equality & CUSP
Gill Trail Maintenance
Workday: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Project Location: Gill Trail, Cheesman Reservoir
Difficulty Rating: Moderate/Difficult
Project Times: 9am-3pm
Meeting Location: Meet behind Deckers store
Map Link: goo.gl/HhOhvc
Number of Volunteers Anticipated: up to 20
The scenic Gill Trail, adjacent to the pristine Cheesman Canyon, has beautiful canyon views and access to world-class fishing. Erosion from the Hayman Fire, heavy use and extensive non-approved trails greatly contributes to sediment in the Upper South Platte River and downstream water supplies. This project will help reduce this sedimentation, greatly benefiting fish and wildlife habitat as well as the watershed supplying over 75% Colorado’s water for drinking and agricultural needs.
Volunteer work includes: closing and restoring unsustainable social trails and improving existing trails; moderate terrain, carrying tools with a personal backpack. Each volunteer may carry up to two tools to include pickmatics, McLeods, and rockbars. Please consider the physical aspect of this project before registering, we will be far from any emergency services (although we are prepared for a worst case scenario), however, even a minor injury would make it difficult to get assistance or get down to the trailhead in a timely manner. Our chief concern is your safety and health on this project.
- CUSP will provide hard hats, materials and necessary tools to complete project work
- A USFS outhouse will be available for participants at the trailhead
- A safety review and work demonstration will precede the project work
- Weather, which could create hazardous conditions, may cause the project to be canceled or rescheduled; staff will monitor weather and notify you of any changes, which will also be posted to this page.
Requirements of Volunteers:
Prior to the project each volunteer must submit a completed Liability Release form, CUSP 2017 Release Form.
Please print documents on both sides.
A daypack to carry water and lunch
Two liters of water to carry with you, enough to last the day, we will have Igloos at the trailhead
Any applicable medicines (including epi-pens, insulin and inhalers)
Sunglasses or safety glasses
Long pants are required and long sleeved shirts are strongly recommended
Work gloves (we will have some if you do not)
Sturdy shoes with good tread; no sandals please
A sack lunch, to carry with you, we will not return to vehicles for lunch
What to Expect:
Some projects will occur in an exposed mountain environment. Please be aware and prepared for potential hazards, including but not limited to: driving on mountainous roads with loose gravel and flash flood potential; exposure to sun, wind, lightning and rapidly changing weather conditions; working with sharpened tools in areas with unstable terrain and footing; hiking at significant elevation. Medications may have adverse effects in sun, heat or altitude; please list medications and medical conditions on the CUSP release form so staff may be aware of potential concerns. Know your limitations and inform staff immediately if you become ill or injured. Be prepared to exit quickly in the event of an emergency or changing environmental conditions. Please be prepared to hike up to a total of six miles at high elevation in varying weather conditions. Please drink plenty of water prior to and during the project to stay hydrated.
GPS systems and Internet map sites are often misleading in the mountains. Cell phone service will be inconsistent or unavailable.
The below office number can be contacted in case of emergency.
The Coalition for the Upper South Platte
Post Office Box 726
Lake George, Colorado 80827
Bookings are closed for this event.