Group: Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
When: September 9–10, 8 am to 4 pm
Where: Hanging Lake Trail, Glenwood Springs, CO
About the Stewardship Site:
Hanging Lake Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out-and-back trail located near Glenwood Springs, with easy access from I-70. This National Natural Landmark is a popular place for good reason: it rewards hikers with two cascading waterfalls that spill into one of Colorado's most beautiful turquoise-colored lakes.
About the Volunteer Experience:
Work on this project will span the length of 1.2 miles of trail. Volunteers are needed to perform moderate-to-heavy rock work, and will install structures such as check steps, water bars, staircases and retaining walls along the length of Hanging Lake Trail and as far as Spouting Rock - a lovely spot to take a break and watch the waterfall cascade from a hole in the limestone rock above. Meals will be provided to volunteers throughout the weekend. Pit stops at Glenwood Springs Hot Springs are encouraged on the drive home Sunday - a treat for sore muscles! There will be up to 45 peolpe on this project, so it is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the state! Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch will be provided on Sunday.
About the Overall Impact:
Hanging Lake Trail attracts upwards of 160,000 locals and tourists alike on summer weekends. As a result, hardening the trail with natural materials and ensuring proper drainage is extremely important to the sustainability of the site.