Calling all volunteers!
2020 DUST2 Wheel Club Dig Where You Ride Forest Service Partnership Project: Installing critical switchbacks
*Our goal is to have 40 volutneers (10/day) sign up by Monday, July 27*
WHAT: Whether you hike, bike or ride a horse, please join DUST2 for a four day trail building/restoration partnership project led byTyler Albers, Trails and Wilderness, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District, and his trail crew, that will focus on installing critical switchback on the upper portion of the non-motorized Treasure Trail Connector. This is a 0.75 mile long section of trail connecting the continental divide trail (CDT) to FS 725 and onto the Treasure trail. This trial which was established last year allows riders to simply pull off the highway and park at Wolf Creek Pass, ride the CDT up to the Bonanza Lift, then drop down onto the Treasure Trail and provides mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders access to the Treasure Mountain Trail from FS Road 725, avoiding a 3 mile dirt road drive or ride to the trail head.
This years project will focus on the installation of critical switchbacks on the upper portion of the connector trail.
Volunteers can expect to hike a mile to the work site each day. Though you can anticipate some pretty arduous work days, the DUST2 wheel club will do it’s best to make if super fun and rewarding!
WHEN: Saturday, August 1-Wednesday, August 4, from 7:30am-5:30pm every day.
WHERE: Camp/staging area will be set up at the end of FS Road 725, work will done on the section of trail indicated in the bright yellow circle on the attached map file. You do not have to camp to join trail work days.
WHY: The Treasure Trail is the crown jewel of our area mountain bike trails. Seemingly endless miles of sweeping single-track descending 2000 vertical feet from Wolf Creek Pass down to the East Fork road.
LOGISTICS: The DUST2 Wheel Club has accepted the challenge of providing 10 volunteers a day to join Tyler and his trail crew for this four day project. While it is our goal to have 10 people camp for all four days, HOWEVER, we realize that this may not be realistic, so we have broken the four work days into 40 volunteer slots to fulfill the same goal.
Trailforks launched Trail Karma Month on July 1st, a campaign to raise awareness and increase funding for trail associations and builders around the world. We wanted to reach out to all our associations and give a quick update.
WHAT IS TRAIL KARMA MONTH
We believe in the principle of cause and effect; that by supporting trail builders and associations we invest in the future of maintaining and growing the trails. In 2019 alone, Trail Karma raised over US$80,000 for organizations around the world. It provides a direct way for users to put 100% of their donation into trail associations and builders developing trail systems, and Trail Karma Month is our month long celebration where users can give back. We’ve partnered with some great brands who share our initiative, and are offering up a chance to win some cool prizes along the way.
WHEN – JULY 1-31. 2020
We are encouraging everyone to support DUST2 trails by donating via Trail Karma in July. Whether you mountain bike, hike, trail run, ride horses or even use something with a motor, users can donate to DUST2 between July 1st – 31st 2020 for a chance to win.
A minimum donation of $5 will be required.
Trail Karma points will be awarded to a donor via Trailforks; each point will equal one entry. On August 1st. 2020, we will host a random draw for prizing.
This year DUST2 is raising funds for a NEPA analysis for our Jackson Mountain Trail System proposal. Our goal is to have raised $35,000.00 before March 2021 to be used toward a match for a NEPA analysis.
2020 has been a tough fund raising year, and DUST2 could use your help to meet our financial goals. Please consider supporting our trail building efforts!
The next trail work night with be on July 10th – make sure to mark your calendars. More details will be available next week.
DUST2 provides the tools. Make sure to bring water, work gloves, and good footwear.
In 2019, DUST2 partnered with the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest to build a connection between the Continental Divide Trail to FS Road 725 leading to the Treasure Mountain trail. Thank you to all who helped last year and especially to Tyler Albers for spearheading the project from the USFS side!
This August we will again partner with the Forest Service to install critical switchbacks on the upper portion of the trail that were not able to be finished last summer. We need your help for this project!
When: Saturday, August 1st – Wednesday, August 4th, 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM each day
Where: Camping and staging will take place at the end of FS Road 725 (you do not have to camp – you can meet us at this staging area in the morning). Trail work will be on the connector trail near the CDT.
Volunteers need to make sure to bring work gloves, long pants, sturdy closed-toed shoes, eye protection, water, snacks, and sunscreen. DUST2 and the USFS will provide the tools for trailwork. If you are planning on camping, you will be responsible for your own gear and meals.
- Trailwork is starting for the season! Monday (tonight) at 6:00 pm at Reservoir Hill. Meet at the main parking area. Bring water, a snack, work gloves, good shoes and layers. DUST2 will provide the tools. Let’s dig in!
- Tuesday night mountain bike ride will meet at Pagosa Mountain Sports at 6:15 pm. We will be riding on Reservoir Hill and at Dakota Springs. There will be a guys group and a girls group (split into several groups if there are more than 10 in either group). The guys ride is an intermediate ride and the girls ride is beginner/intermediate.
- We are looking to start Club Road Rides. Please fill out our Road Ride survey to give us some feedback on what days and times work best. We also need ride leaders for road rides. It is not as intimidating as it sounds and we are happy to provide support if you are interested.
DUST2 Wheel Club is excited to be doing our first Forest Service Partnership Project, “Treasure Mountain Trail Work Days”.
You can be a part of the exciting Treasure Mountain Connector trail Forest Service partnership project Monday, August 26 through Thursday, August 29! This is a tremendous opportunity to work alongside and learn from a seasoned trail crew led by Tyler Albers to construct 0.75 miles of single track trail that will connect FSR 725 to the CDT! We will be camping at the end of Forest Service Road 725 (Old Wolf Creek Road) with the trail crew, enjoying productive trail work, excellent meals and good company. While it is our goal to have as many folks as possible to camp and work all four days, we realize that this may not be possible and welcome 1, 2 or 3 day-only sign-ups.
THE GOAL IS TO FILL ALL 40 TRAIL WORKER SLOTS before Monday, August 19, 2019.
If you would like to participate but are not able to perform trail work, we would love help in the camp kitchen! Food and/or entertainment donations would also be welcome!
Please click to sign up for trail or other volunteer/donation opportunities for this worthy project!
In May 2017, DUST 2 hired Amy Sharp of Sparrow Trails to apply for a Colorado Parks and Wildlife Non-Motorized Trail grant. The goal of this grant was to hire Tony Boone to lead construction of Phase II trails, connecting Yamaguchi Park to Reservoir Hill Trail network, with the construction of eight additional trails on Reservoir Hill. These monies would also be used to supply signs and tools for the project. The Phase 2 proposal, unanimously approved by the Pagosa Springs Town Council, was also about maintaining our long-term commitment and relationship with the Town.
In February 2018, DUST2 was informed that the project had not been recommended for funding by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Grant Review Committee. While disappointed, we were determined to move forward with a scaled-down version of the Phase 2 project. The board of directors held a special meeting to determine next steps and develop a revised Phase 2 plan and budget. With the Town of Pagosa Springs (TOPS) agreeing to allow DUST2 the use of the trail easements and in-kind donations that we had requested for the CPW grant, we were able to revise the project so that the community would still get the core elements of the original Phase 2 proposal without the CPW funds. Our updated budget goal was $30,000 that we would be requesting from the following sources: $20,000 from Archuleta County $5000 from the Pagosa Area Tourism Board (PATB) $5000 in private donations from individuals and businesses. With the easements and in-kind donations from TOPS in addition to the contributions above, DUST2 will be able to:
- Contract with a professional trail builder
- Construct the first half of the proposed 2.2 miles of professionally engineered single track trail on Res Hill with connector route to Phase 1.
- Continue development of the second half of Phase 2 trails on Reservoir Hill.
To date, the Board Of County Commissioners, in a 2:1 vote, agreed to allocate $15,000.00 from Conservation Trust Funds for the construction of our revised Phase 2 project. In addition to this, the Pagosa Area Tourism Board, Pagosa Outside, Citizens Bank, The Richardson Family, Sherpa Real estate, First Southwest Bank, Pagosa Mountian Sports, Wolf Creek Wheel Club and the Sewell Family, together donated $9600.00 in previous pledges, successfully funding our revised Phase 2 project.
Tony Boone has stated that he does want to contract with DUST2 to construct our Phase 2 trails and will be available late summer to early fall.
Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of our Phase 2 trail proposal is that local trail builder, Triston Richarson, will be leading construction of the Bronc Connector trail with help from local volunteers.
Amy Sharp has offered to re-write the grant pro-bono for submission in 2019. We will be in discussions with Amy Sharp and the Town Of Pagosa Springs to develop a plan of action for 2019 construction.
We are deeply grateful for your continued support and will keep you updated as we progress