About the Stewardship Site:
The Herman Gulch Trail, situated in the high country of the Arapaho National Forest and part of the iconic Continental Divide Trail, starts at 10,332 feet and climbs nearly 1,700 feet to the stunning Herman Lake. The gulch area has it all: mountain and valley views, beautiful streams, cascades, lush meadows filled with wildflowers, and it's even close to Denver. This special area has long been a Colorado favorite, but a sharp increase in usage of the trail in recent years is causing damage to the fragile ecosystem and wildlife habitat in the area.
About the Volunteer Experience:
Over-loved trails often have significant maintenance needs, and the Herman Gulch is no exception. On this project volunteers will work along the three miles of trail leading up to Herman Lake, constructing drainage features, building rock steps, and closing and restoring trail, among other tasks. The tasks will be difficult and/or technical in nature, and may require hiking long distances at high altitude, and as such this project is best suited for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy a challenge.
About the Overall Impact:
High-use coupled with limited resources for regular trail maintenance has led to significant damage on this beloved trail. This weekend project will allow volunteers to address many of the needs along the trail, creating a more sustainable experience for hikers and bikers for years to come.
NOTE: MINORS ON VOC PROJECTS
All youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects.
*This project was made possible in large part by Michelob ULTRA and American Hiking Society's Go the Extra Mile Fund campaign, a national online voting contest in which VOC came in 5th place and received $19,000 to maintain and restore the Herman Gulch Trail in 2017. Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for VOC and the Herman Gulch Trail, and to Michelob ULTRA and American Hiking Society!