Fire2012 was a tumultuous, challenging year for Poudre Wilderness Volunteers due to the devastating Hewlett Gulch Fire (burning 7,700 acres) and the High Park Fire (consuming 87,300 acres).  Both fires severely impacted the U.S. Forests of the Canyon Lakes Ranger District as well as the surrounding areas.  Even though the main highway leading to the trails PWV patrols was closed for a good part of the summer and some of the devastated trails are still closed, PWV rose to the occasion by establishing and leading a Restoration program with many volunteers from the community in addition to PWV members.  In spite of the fires, PWV members set a new record in 2012 by contributing 23,925 volunteer hours valued at $521,326 by the U.S. Forest Service.

Read more: PWV 2012 Highlights

restoration-1-6The current state of the extremely popular North Fork Trail near Glen Haven in the Big Thompson canyon is a good news-bad news situation. The bad news, of course, is that the trail was heavily damaged in the September 2013 flood. The mile of trail below the Cheley Camp was entirely washed away. Of the six bridges on the trail, only one was left standing, a result of a debris jam in front of it that diverted water around it. The rest were ripped from their embankments. A few can be found downstream from their former locations, wrapped around trees or stuck in sandbanks, and their timbers may be useful for other reclamation projects. Others are totally gone.

restoration-1The good news is, a new trail is being rebuilt by the Forest Service with the help of local organizations such as the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers, the Larimer Country Horseman's Association, the Larimer Country Conservation Corps, the Colorado Mountain Club, and other members of the public who care about this trail. Although not completely finished, I had the opportunity to walk the proposed route of the new trail from the Cheley Camp to where it intersects the old trail in the switchback section near campsite 9 just before the Rocky Mountain National Park border. The trail is located on the north bank of the river, on the other side and up much higher than it was before, out of the way of river flooding. I think it is going to make this trail even more popular than it was before.

Read more: Volunteers Restore North Fork Trail

lion gulch restoration-8While Memorial Day is a time of remembering and reflection, it also marks the beginning of summer for many. There are graduations to celebrate, picnics to attend, and lawns to be mowed after spring rains. Despite the many alternative ways to spend the weekend, over 40 PWV volunteers and guests chose to spend one or two days of their holiday weekend repairing the Lion Gulch Trail, damaged by last September's floods. May 24th and 25th marked the first of PWV's Trail Restoration Days, in which we invite PWV volunteers and the public to join us in repairing and rebuilding damaged trails.

Read more: Lion Gulch Restoration Underway

14037520330 223e0fc5d7 bWhat a great weekend to be a coyote -- or an antelope, grizzly, fox, deer, badger, elk. To go feral, join a pack of other new PWV recruits and follow the lead of savvy veteran volunteers as they took us through the paces, and three miles of training trails, meeting misguided forest volunteers who needed our help and budding expertise. "Hello, my name is ... and I'm with the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers."

Read more: Spring Training 2014

lion bridgePWV is asking for the public's help in rebuilding bridges and trail that were destroyed on the Lion Gulch trail near Estes Park. Restoration Days will be on May 24 and 25. If you are interested in helping, please use our Trail Restoration Form to sign up and let us know you are coming.

Many of the trails in the Forest were seriously damaged in the floods last year. North Fork and Lions Gulch were virtually destroyed. Currently both trails are closed and are not planned to opened until next year. PWV plans to assist the Forest Service in restoring both of these trails this summer. North Fork is not yet ready for us to begin work on but the PWV Trail crew has started working on the Lions Gulch trail in preparation for public restoration work days.

Read more: Lion Gulch Trail Restoration

question-mark-160071 640Those of you paying attention in recent months have noticed something new about PWV this year. It's changing. You might say it's moving into the 21st century. While patrolling is still our main job, regulations have changed, the way we schedule and report patrols has changed, and where we look for and find information to do our jobs properly has changed. In short, it's not your father's PWV anymore.

To get you oriented and up to speed, here is a short Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) list. If you have further questions please contact us (use the Contact Us button at the top of the page) and we will do our best to answer your questions.

 

Read more: PWV FAQ: All Your Questions Answered

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