About the Stewardship Site:
The South Slope Recreation Area encompasses three pristine reservoirs at 11,000 feet in elevation, on the south side - the "hidden" side - of Pikes Peak. This beautiful area was actually off-limits to the public for a century, until a collaborative effort among local volunteer groups worked to reopen the area in 2014. On this project, volunteers will construct an important segment, known as "The Missing Link" that will further connect the trails and backcountry roads that circumnavigate Pikes Peak.
About the Volunteer Experience:
This project is perfect for the adventurous volunteer who wants to work hard while spending a weekend in the high country! Work will consist of roughly 2,000 feet of basic trail construction with a few small structures (including a mono wall, retaining wall, climbing turns and a drainage feature) dotted throughout the trail section. Hard work will be rewarded: because this area is open by permit only, volunteers will have an exclusive camping experience alone under the stars! As an added bonus, our crew chefs will whip up a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.
About the Overall Impact:
Once complete, the new trail will keep users on a sustainable route that will protect the watershed and reduce impacts to the surrounding ecosystem. This includes an important population of Greenback Cutthroat Trout - a federally listed endangered species native to Colorado that was once thought to be extinct - recently discovered in the area.
NOTE: MINORS ON VOC PROJECTS
All youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older on overnight projects.