About the Stewardship Site:
This site is located at the base of Chalk Creek Canyon, which attracts visitors who enjoy nearby hot springs, hiking access to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, a well-developed system of off-highway vehicle trails and the infamous ghost town of St. Elmo. Chalk Creek, bordered by the 14,000-foot peaks Mount Antero and Mount Princeton, is named after the brilliant white kaolinite cliffs created from hot spring deposits. The area is home to mining sites, historic railroad grades and picturesque natural environments.
About the Volunteer Experience:
Volunteers will build roughly 1,200 feet of new trail and complete the construction of natural stone steps on another 1,300-foot section of trail. There may be a need for light restoration work on existing portions of the route. This project is perfect for new volunteers who want to get outdoors and learn the ropes, as well as for veteran volunteers who can appreciate the art of a well-built stone step and the satisfaction of completing a new trail. VOC will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
About the Overall Impact:
The improvements will allow for a more diverse user group to utilize this trail system, increasing visitor numbers and providing a boost to local tourism. The trail will provide a recreation opportunity in an iconic area of the San Isabel National Forest. This trail is designed to provide a quality experience for families, including picnic sites, interpretative panels, a waterfall viewing deck and rest benches. It is close to five U.S. Forest Service campgrounds and several dispersed camping areas.
NOTE: MINORS ON VOC PROJECTS
All youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects.
For more information and registration details, go to: http://www.voc.org/project/cascade-creek-trail-restoration-1