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Never Summer Wilderness, Arapahoe-Roosevelt National Forest, CO (Jul 9th - Jul 15th 2017)

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The Never Summer Wilderness shares its eastern boundary with Rocky Mountain National Park. This 21,000-acre wilderness includes landscapes from forested ridges to steep tundra ranging in elevation from 8,900 to 12,520 feet.  Spruce, fir and lodgepole pine blanket the lower elevations.  This area receives large amounts of snow, and four of its peaks have names that hint at their cloud-topped heights: Cirrus, Cumulus, Stratus and Nimbus.  This area is the wild, scenic backdrop to Rocky Mountain National Park.

The popular Baker Gulch trail leads to Never Summer's Parika Lake, however it hasn't been maintained for nearly a decade and the upper sections of the trail are nearly impassable due to fallen trees.

Our service project will be helping the Ranger District clear the Baker Gulch trail using crosscut saws. It will start with a forest service shuttle up an administrative access road to Bowen/Baker trail head (within Rocky Mountain National Park). We will then backpack in approximately 3 steep miles to our base camp. The area offers unique ridgeline views of the Never Summer Range and Rocky Mountain NP. The service project will consist of crosscutting, clearing brush, and possibly repairing tread. We'll be using hand tools and working alongside forest service contacts. On our day off we may hike up to stunning Parika Lake, explore the virgin highcountry of the Cloud Range, or summit Farview Mountain! Our host wilderness rangers with the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, Sulphur Ranger District will provide pack llama support to carry group food, kitchen and some tools, and will camp with volunteers to supervise the project.

Join us on this incredible scenic and worthwhile project in the rugged and majestic Rockies.

This project is rated as a strenuous project involving backpacking and work with hand tools at high elevation.

Check out more photos from the previous Never Summer projects in our photo gallery.

We highly recommend that those coming from low elevation (anything below about 5,000 feet) plan to come out an extra couple of days before the trip to acclimate to the elevation before the trip starts. This is one of the easiest ways to prevent altitude sickness and make sure your trip is enjoyable. If you need ideas on things to do and see before the trip you can contact your leaders. If you have had elevation related issues in the past be sure to check with your doctor before coming.


Jul 9th - Jul 15th 2017

Service Project

Cross cutting and trail maintenance

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Free Days

Hiking to Parika Lake, exploring the highcountry of the Cloud Range, or summit Farview Mountain!


Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Steep 3 mile backpack, hiking, bending, lifting, digging. High elevation.


Laura Sutherlin
Benjamin Johnson

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