Volunteers needed to complete Galena Ditch trail on July 23-24

It’s time to get down and dirty for the good of Breck singletrack.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, the statewide nonprofit Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, in partnership with the town of Breckenridge, is seeking more than 100 volunteers to help construct a Breckenridge trail in the historic Galena Ditch area.

The Galena Ditch trail in Breckenridge is just four years old, but the abandoned mining route it follows was cut into the hillside more than a century ago. Today, the trail serves hikers and bikers as part of an extensive alpine trail network in and around Breckenridge. The area provides scenic views, as well as an up-close look at long-abandoned ruins and other mining remnants. VOC teamed with Breckenridge to begin this trail segment in 2012 and is excited to return this year to complete the work.

Volunteers ages 12 and up are needed to construct a new singletrack trail that will connect the Galena Ditch trail with the South Fork of the Swan Road. The project will involve approximately 4,500 feet of new trail construction on public open space, U.S. Forest Service lands and private property.

While adults and older youth are building the trail, kids ages 6 through 11 years old will participate in fun, supervised environmental activities hosted by the Keystone Science School. A friendly, professional staff will guide children on nature hikes, teach them about local ecosystems and wildlife, lead outdoor-oriented games and more.

“Come dinner time, everyone will come back together around a crackling campfire to share stories and eat s’mores, followed by the thrill of sleeping under the stars in a relaxing and safe environment,” said Ann Baker Easley, VOC’s executive director. “And, rest assured, everyone will sleep well after such a great day in the outdoors.”

The Breckenridge economy survives on trail-based recreation in both summer and winter. This project will enhance previous projects and existing trails in the area, and it is expected that the completion of this trail will result in a significant increase of annual visitors. Here’s to more space for a burgeoning sport.

VOC GALENA DITCH TRAIL DAY

What: Two days of trail work to put final touches on the Galena Ditch trail, a project started four years ago by the town of Breck and Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

When: Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24

Where: Galena Ditch trail system in Breckenridge

Cost: Free

No experience is necessary to volunteer. For registered volunteers, free meals and camping will be provided Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. The project takes place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Volunteers can work one or both days and should register in advance to ensure adequate quantities of tools, supplies and food. Register via the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado volunteer project calendar at www.voc.org/projects or by calling (303) 715-1010.