About the Stewardship Site:
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDNST) is intended by legislation to be a continuous single-track trail that is remote and scenic, extending 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada. The Alpine Tunnel was the first tunnel constructed through the Continental Divide in Colorado, and the former town of Hancock was founded as a stop for the rail line. Volunteers will enjoy the scenic drive this project site, likely passing ghost towns and hot springs along the way.
About the Volunteer Experience:
On its 40th year anniversary, we are back to reroute the Continental Divide Trail from Alpine Tunnel to Hancock Lake for our 4th consecutive year! Volunteers 18+ will spend the weekend working at high-altitude to take the trail off the road and bring it onto a scenic, non-marshy, sustainable trail that preserves the rugged and intimate CDT experience. This project is perfect for volunteers looking for a physical challenge.
About the Overall Impact:
Once complete, volunteers will have rerouted 4.8 miles of the current Alpine Tunnel to Hancock Lake Trail away from the road, to a more scenic and remote route that will improve the user experience. Further, the reroute will ultimately protect vegetation and soil through proper trail location, design and construction; as well as prevent excessive erosion and sedimentation to the hydrological system above Chalk Creek.