Established in 1993, Byers Peak Wilderness was named after William N. Byers, founder of Colorado’s first newspaper the Rocky Mountain News. Byers Peak Wilderness encompasses 8,801 acres in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests in Grand County containing a variety of eco-zones from low-lying lodgepole pine forest and riparian drainages to alpine tundra fields of over 12,000 feet in elevation.
Due to its diverse range of ecological habitat, the area contains a wide variety of flora and fauna. This area is home to many species including deer, elk, bear, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, and several species of trout and small rodents. This Wilderness also contains two glacial lakes, three major creek drainages and two peaks over 12,500 feet. The highest is Byers Peak with an elevation of 12,804 feet accessible via the Byers Peak Trail.
Dig deep into your summer by giving back in Colorado's Byers Peak Wilderness. This solitude filled and little-visited wilderness receives nealy zero attention that there are a number of problem areas that are developing near the Lake Evelyn Trailhead. This service project will work to address these issues: the first objective is to address water crossings and muddy sections near the trailhead on the way to Lake Evelyn itself. As the most popular destination in the wilderness area, improving this trail and corridor would be very beneficial in terms of an elevated trail experience.
The second objective is to delineate the Lake Evelyn trail as it passes along the tundra near St Louis Divide. We'll be removing social trails that further confuse hikers and construct a minimal amount of clearly identifiable cairns. Participants for this project should be prepared for either an all backpacking project or a project that is split between tent/car camping and backcountry camping. We appreciate the flexibility and participants will receive an updated itinerary preceding the project.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
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Aug 16th - Aug 22nd 2020
Trail improvements, trail work, installation of drainage features, cairn construction, etc
Day hikes to nearby lakes & peaks, fishing, relaxing, photography
Tentatively 1/2 car/tent camping; 1/2 Backpack camping
Strenuous : ~1-mi. hike w/ 1000' elev. gain, hiking, bending, lifting, digging. Pack supported. High elevation.