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. In 2020 the Williams Fork Fire burned a significant percentage of the Byers Peak Wilderness Area during summer. Funds have been requested to repair critical erosional issues and replace signage and trailhead infrastructure. However, repairs to the moderate and low burn intensity areas on the Kinney Creek Trial didn't receive funding. Without proper drainage installation, the trail is at great risk of washout and considerable long-term damage. This project will create log and rock check dam and diversion structures on the upper sections of the Kinney Ridge Trail near Keyser Ridge.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.
Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
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Jul 18th - Jul 24th 2021
Trailwork, erosion control, rock & log check dams
Day hikes to nearby lakes & peaks, fishing, relaxing, photography
Strenuous : ~3-mi. hike w/ 1000' elev. gain, hiking, bending, lifting, digging. Pack supported. High elevation.