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Indian Peaks Wilderness, Arapahoe-Roosevelt National Forest, CO (Jul 31st - Aug 6th 2016)

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Recreational opportunities abound in this forest haven located high up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado's Front Range! The Sulphur Ranger District covers over 442,000 acres of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest in northcentral Colorado. Being surrounded by mountain peaks, meadows and lakes, you are in for a truly majestic experience. Summers are filled with enjoying the wildflowers and wildlife, mountain biking near the towns of Winter Park and Fraser, or hiking and backpacking in one of the five wilderness areas nearby.

The Indian Peaks area became part of the National Wilderness Preservation System in 1978. Many of the peaks within the area were named after Native American tribes of the west. The 76,586 acre Indian Peaks Wilderness is adjacent to Rocky Mountain National Park's southern boundary, and is one of the most often-visited wilderness areas in the country.

Our service project starts with a steep 3.5 mile backpack up the Roaring Fork Trail from Lake Granby to a streamside camp at 10,000'. The service project will include a variety of tasks including reconstructing 3 bridges and stream crossings, as well as tread maintenance and water bar construction to control erosion. We'll be using hand tools and natural materials gathered on site and working alongside forest service contacts. The trail receives use from hikers accessing the high mountain lakes under the sharp ridgeline views of the 12,000' Indian Peaks. On our day off we may hike up to picturesque Stone Lake and Upper Lake, enjoy the striking views from the Roaring Fork Divide or otherwise further explore the alpine environment. Our host wilderness rangers with the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, Sulphur Ranger District will provide pack support to carry group food, kitchen and tool, and will camp with volunteers to supervise the project.

Check out more photos from the nearby Never Summer Wilderness project last year in our photo gallery.


Jul 31st - Aug 6th 2016

Service Project

Bridge reconstruction and trail maintenance

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Free Days

Day hikes to nearby lakes & peaks, fishing, relaxing, photography


Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Challenging : 3.5 mile steep backpack, hiking, bending, lifting, digging. Pack supported. High elevation.


Jeffrey Wright
Ashely Northcutt

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