As part of the effort to restore forest trails after the High Park Fire, Poudre Wilderness Volunteers (PWV) and Wildland Restoration Volunteers (WRV) are helping the U.S. Forest Service by coordinating trail work on the Hewlett Gulch Trail on Aug. 18.
Volunteers of all skill levels can participate, but must be at least 18 years old. Work will include moving rocks to create water dams, moving down trees to help with soil conservation – restoration that will help stabilize the trail and limit erosion and potentially a trail reroute. Forest Service crews have done some work on the trail to make it safer for volunteers, cutting hazardous trees.
More than 100 people could participate in this event. Participants are asked to carpool due to limited parking and plan to park at the Greyrock Trailhead parking lot. A shuttle to the Hewlett Trail will be provided. Volunteers need to wear long sleeved shirts and pants (no shorts), gloves and work boots. Hard hats and tools will be provided. Make sure to bring lunch and water. Everyone will receive a High Park Fire Volunteer t-shirt as a token of appreciation.
Volunteers for the trail reroute must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Those wanting to do other trail work must RSVP to PWV4Trails@gmail.com.
Additional work days on other trails in the burn area are expected in the upcoming months. Please continue to check our website for more information at www.fs.usda.gov/arp. Seventy-eight volunteers participated on the Greyrock Trail work day on August 4.
Please remember the Greyrock Trail and Hewlett Gulch Trails remain closed, but are anticipated to open by the end of the month. Mount McConnel and Kruetzer Trails remain closed, along with Young Gulch Trail. If visitors need help finding a place to hike on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, check the web or call 970-295-6700.