By Larry Barton
We are very excited to announce partnership with Team Evergreen for the upcoming season which will leverage the Trailblazers’ volunteer opportunities for TE’s members. For those unfamiliar with the Colorado Trailblazers, we have since our inception in 2007 engaged non-motorized trail system development and improvement opportunities in the “Front Range” of Colorado by inspiring service contribution from youth and seasoned volunteers for the benefit of public recreation and health including access by the mountain bike community. To accomplish our mission, we have fostered healthy working relationships with respected land managers including the S. Platte Ranger District (USFS) and Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS). Detail about the Trailblazers’ projects, partners and several photo galleries is available online at www.coloradotrailblazers.org.
Volunteer opportunities show up in May (5/16), June (6/20), and July (7/18) with our mountain bike festival, Epic at Buffalo Creek, in September (9/18-20). For 2015 we will be performing some Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) identified post-completion work on the North Fork to Reynolds Trail, a re-route of lower Morrison Creek Trail in the BCRA for the S. Platte Ranger District, USFS and additional design expertise along with some construction on its N. Fork N. Elk Creek Trail Construction Project in the Pike National Forest. The Reynolds to N. Fork Trail is a new 9.5 section of trail opened just last fall by JCOS from a venue that was previously closed to mountain bikers, pretty COOL! Lower Morrison Creek is scheduled for the Epic at Buffalo Creek providing a volunteer opportunity in closer proximity to the Meadows Group Campground. The Epic weekend combines a little trail building with camping, riding, music and a little beverage.
Look for announcements of Trail Days in upcoming issues of Bike Beat with online registration for all volunteer opportunities on the Trailblazers’ website beginning in April. Our goal for this partnership is to afford TE members volunteer opportunities to make a difference giving back to our local community through trail development and improvement.
Our thanks go out to all the volunteers including Groundwork Denver, 18th Judicial District Juvenile Diversion Counseling Program, Brian Conty with Jefferson County Open Space, TE Cycling, our Trail Crew Leaders and the Trailblazers’ Directors for their time and effort in planning and managing last fall’s Epic at Buffalo Creek. We accomplished some 2100 ft. of tread development on the north connection from Hummingbird Trail with the new Reynolds to North Fork Trail which was officially opened to include the MTB community on October 11, 2014!
Make plans now in your calendars to come out, join us and improve our trail systems for the benefit of all of us who RIDE!!!