THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS:
Uncompahgre Peak Trail Restoration
Join VOC for an incredible opportunity to complete meaningful conservation work and camp in a remote, beautiful area.
The 6th highest peak in Colorado, Uncompahgre Peak (14,309 ft) has a broad summit plateau surrounded by scenic alpine basins below. This Colorado "14er" is located near Lake City, southwest of Gunnison.
VOLUNTEER PROJECT - WHAT & WHY
Join VOC for an incredible opportunity to complete meaningful conservation work and camp in a remote, beautiful area. While Uncompahgre Peak's lower slopes are composed of relatively rich, organic soil and a robust vegetation community, those very organic soils are also incredibly erosive. The main trail leading up the peak (from Nellie Creek Trailhead) has degraded from several years of heavy use and weathering, and people are starting to hike off-trail to avoid the uncomfortably eroded trail. This has led to negative off-trail impacts and vegetation damage to the area's pristine landscape. Volunteer work will focus on ecological restoration by harvesting and transplanting native vegetation and constructing rock and log check steps to curb soil erosion. The majority of the project work will occur at high elevation and will require a significant hike of 2-3 miles daily to the worksite.
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI)
OTHER FUN STUFF
Meals: Thursday evening dinner through Sunday lunch
Camping: Thursday night through Sunday afternoon. Thursday will be an arrival day to help set up camp.