Last Friday (4/1/2011) I hiked part of the Maroon Bells Trail and was impressed by the improvements made by the GVM Trails Committee. Here’s a photo of my nephew’s foot next to one of the newly painted orange trail markers. Thanks, Trails Committee!
6/28/2010 Email from Odell: “Last week after working on the Maroon Bells/Crellin Canyon intersection we decided to establish a regular schedule for working on GVM trails.
Beginning this week we will work on a trail every Thursday afternoon beginning at 3:00 … We will also begin marking trails [where needed] using orange paint. I have the paint and throw away brushes. The old blue plastic ribbon fades into invisibility, rots, falls on the ground, and probably leaves plastic in the ground for 10,000 years. Paint lasts longer on the trees and rocks, is a lot more visible, and when it washes away is less damaging. Last week I got orange paint on my good hiking boots so wear cheap boots!
This Thursday we will continue with work on the Maroon Bells trails. This will require chain saws, loppers, and other cutting grasses and limbs tools. I don’t think we’ll need weed eaters. I’ll bring my chain saw, Kevlar safety chaps [I highly recommend ALWAYS wearing chaps when using a chain saw–I didn’t ONE time only and yes cut my leg], and loppers. We’ll meet at the Crellin Canyon Trail head on Green Mountain. Let me know if you can come.
Below is my guessed at schedule. If you know of things that need doing we’ll do them even if we need to change the schedule. The Porter Trail has effectively disappeared! The trail head signs are there but no evidence of a trail so that will mean a lot of work! I’m going to work on that on my own time as well.
July 1 — Maroon Bells
July 8 — Sloan
July 15 — Asbury
July 22 — Mt. Moriah & Batterson Loop
July 29 — Porter
Also, if you know of someone who should be on my mailing list let me know.
6/29/2010 Email response from Linda B: “This is a great start Odell! I tried to clean up the grasses along the trail on the Sloan and Mt. Moriah trails the other day with my grass whip, and that was hopeless. Also, I kept hitting rock — which dulls the scythe and might create sparks. So loppers are a better choice, but back-breaking. I’ll try to help on the trails here — whenever I am able.
How are you going to mark the trails where there are no trees and just low-laying rocks? Maybe a few orange painted wood markers, similar to the ones painted blue up the Mt. Moriah trail, would be helpful. T-posts are too obtrusive but there are long stretches where paint just won’t work.”
I got this email from Jeff G on 1/2/2010, what great way to start our new year! Jeff wrote: “A winter hike down the Crellin Trail can be as interesting and beautiful as taking the stroll in summer or spring. I tend to notice very different things as the colors are more subdued, the leaves from the aspen trees are long gone, and some of the finer aspects of nature come in to focus. I don’t know what many of the things I see even are but enjoy looking just the same. These photos were taken today, January 2nd, 2010. Maybe you will see new sights as well when viewing these pics.”
7/27/09 Today at 5:00pm, weather permitting, several members of the Ecology Committee will meet at Linda B‘s house to clear trails using hand and power weed whackers. Linda explained the situation: “mostly…. the trails on the north side of Crellin are overgrown and harder to find. The main problem is “cheat grass” — lots of it, all gone to viable seed but easy to slash away from the sides of the trails!”
On Tuesday, May 26, 2009 2:31 PM Jeff G. emailed: “Peggy and I hiked the Crellin Nature Trail that day (5/17/09) and I took my chainsaw and we both had trimmers. I cut out 3 very large overhanging and downed trees and we cut a number of small twigs, branches and shoots away from the path. I believe the big stuff is done for the year on that trail and we will keep an eye on the smalll stuff.
Yesterday (5/25/09), I again grabbed the chainsaw and walked most of the West Crellin Trail and I cut a larger number of big trees that were downed and crossing the path. I had been meaning to do this since last year as so much was obstructing that trail for some time. I got the path cleared with the exception of one nasty spot where I could probably spend the day clearing. It started raining so Buster and I decided to get home and dry off.
Our Ecology Work Day has morphed into a Work Weekend!
Saturday 5/16 9:00am @ Riddle Lake, (located 1/2 mile in from Gate 1). We will work on musk thistle and view mountain sagebrush (see Linda B’s email below). So far it looks like Harry, Judy, Linda B., Jim, and Ellen plan to be there.
Sunday 5/17 9:00am @ Crellin Lake We will work on Hiking Trails maintenance. So far it looks like Casey, Jeff, Odell, and Peggy plan to be there.