Scouts work on Divide Trail
Steamboat Springs — A quarter-mile stretch of the Continental Divide Trail is more scenic thanks to a group of Boy Scouts and parent volunteers.
Six members of Troop 194 headed to Berthoud Pass Friday night and camped before spending Saturday working on a new section of trail.
“I’d definitely do it again,” said Boy Scout Ian Berry, 16, who volunteered with his father, Troop 194 Scoutmaster Brian Berry. “It was a great service project.”
The work in the high country is part of a series of six projects this month intended to build a new mile-long section of the Continental Divide Trail on the west side of Berthoud Pass. The new section moves the trail off an old ski area maintenance road and connects to an existing trail leading to Stanley Mountain and Vasquez Wilderness area.
A small group of students from Colorado Mountain College participated in the project Saturday along with Troop 194 members Francis Abate and his son Vincent Abate. Scout Daniel Bockelman helped along with parent volunteer David Reed, who has two sons in Scouts.
Troop 194 does service projects about once a month.
“This was just a chance for us to go out and do something a little different,” Reed said. “It’s always great to get out in the high country even if you have to work.”
Working at 11,000 feet with guidance from rangers of the U.S. Forest Service’s Clear Creek Ranger District, they cut in about 1,500 linear feet of new trail, moved many large rocks and built rock walls. The Continental Divide Trail stretches 3,100 miles from Canada to Mexico and was established by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1978. There are 750 miles of the trail in Colorado and sections in Routt County. Reed said they hope work will be done closer to Steamboat next year so they can spend more time volunteering.
“It was fun and everyone had a great time,” Ian said.
The Continental Divide Trail Alliance has a goal of building 101 new miles of trail and maintenance work on 53 miles of trail this year.
Information about volunteering can be found at http://www.cdtrail.org or by calling 1-888-909-CDTA.
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