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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, White River National Forest, CO (Jul 21st - Jul 27th 2019)

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The world-famous and spectacular Maroon Bells-Snowmass area truly exemplifies Rocky Mountain splendor and is Colorado's fourth largest Wilderness. The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness was established with the original 1964 Wilderness Act and total size now is approximately 183,500 acres. Featuring 100 miles of trails that lead over nine passes above 12,000 feet, vast regions lie above the tree line and long glacial valleys with roaring rivers point the way to sparkling alpine lakes. The awesome, jagged symmetry of the Maroon Bells peaks reflected in Maroon Lake is perhaps Colorado's most iconic mountain scene. Midsummer wildflowers consume the hill slopes, supplementing additional vibrancy to this remote and isolated mountain landscape. Elk, deer and an abundance of wildlife are found throughout the area. The variety of terrain encompasses scenic forests, summer wildflowers, challenging river crossings, and spectacular views of the numerous peaks of the Elk Mountain Range.

This project is a great opportunity to experience Colorado Wilderness while giving something back. We will be working between the intersections of North Fork Lost Creek Trail #1966 and Silver Creek pass to the north. Volunteers will participate in the construction and rehabilitation of drainages, water bars, drain dips, and check dams. We will also be hardening the areas of the trail which intersect with watercourses and engaging in revegetation work on braided trails. This project is at elevation, 10,800ft to 12,000 ft. Our volunteer group will be shuttled by the USFS to the Silver Creek Trailhead where we will hike ~1 miles to our base camp.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out more photos from last year's Maroon Bells-Snowmass project in our gallery.

We highly recommend that those coming from low elevation (anything below about 5,000 feet) plan an extra couple days in the area before the trip to acclimate to the elevation for your own safety. Altitude sickness is a concern when traveling from low elevation to high elevation and getting acclimatized before the trip is one of the easiest ways to prevent it. If you need ideas on things to do/see before the trip contact your leaders.

Dates

Jul 21st - Jul 27th 2019

Service Project

Drainage work, trail work, erosion control, and treadwork, revegetation.

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Free Days

Hiking, fishing, photography, wildlife & wildflower viewing

Accommodations

Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Digging, bending, shoveling, moving rocks. 1-3 mile backpack to basecamp w/ 600' gain.

Leaders

Carter Bland
Benjamin Johnson

Equipment List

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