Multi-day Volunteer Projects 2017

August 10 – August 13: PROJECT FULL – Join the waiting list

South Maroon Peak Backcountry Project

Help maintain one of Colorado’s most iconic and majestic peaks. On day one you’ll meet up at the trailhead and backpack about 2-3 miles before setting up camp. On days two and three you’ll hike a short distance from basecamp to help build soil retention structures on the steep, loose slopes characteristic to the Elk Mountains. You will pack up camp and hike out on day four.
When: 
Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13
Project type: 
Overnight backpacking, trail maintenance
Food: 
CFI will provide all food from dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday.
What to bring: 
CFI will provide a full packing list of necessary equipment, including your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.).
What not to bring: 
CFI will provide all trail tools necessary for the project and all cooking/kitchen equipment.
Join the waiting list.

August 19 – August 20: To Register: email jerry@14ers.org

Mount Elbert Collaborative Project

Celebrate the opening of the new Mount Elbert East Ridge lower reroute! This two-day overnight project provides you with the opportunity to work as part of a collaborative effort hosted by the National Forest Foundation. Join the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, Colorado Mountain Club, and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers to perform valuable restoration work to help close and revegetate the old socially-created route.

Volunteers can either; meet Friday evening (after 4:00 pm) at the junction of County Road 24 and Forest Service Road 112 to organize a carpool/shuttle to basecamp, OR hike into the basecamp early Saturday morning with all of your gear for the 7:00 am start. See maps below for parking and camping locations.

Each day, volunteers will hike between 1-2 miles to the worksite where we will be installing log checks, transplanting vegetation, and recontouring the old trail corridor. Return to camp Saturday night to enjoy views of the San Isabel National Forest and the camaraderie of your crewmates. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided for you on Saturday (August 19th). Breakfast and lunch will be provided for you on Sunday (August 20th). If you are camping Friday evening (August 18th) you will need to bring your own food. Volunteers need to bring their own cutlery and dishes for food.

When: Saturday, August 19 through Sunday, August 20

Project type: Overnight camping at CFI’s trailhead basecamp. Trail restoration.

Food: Volunteer Jim Evans will generously provide all food from breakfast on Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Email jerry@14ers.org with any dietary restrictions.

What to bring: You will need to bring your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.), cutlery and dishes for food, any personal items/tolietries, and any additional food you may need.                                         What not to bring: CFI will provide all trail tools and safety equipment necessary for the project and all cooking/kitchen equipment. CFI will provide a 120 gallon water buffalo for drinking water. There will be two portable toilets available at basecamp for volunteers.

Email jerry@14ers.org for more information or to register.


August 10 – August 13: PROJECT FULL – Join the waiting list

Capitol Peak Backcountry Project

Team up with CFI this summer to help maintain the summit route on one of the hardest 14er climbs. On day one you’ll meet up at the trailhead and backpack about 5 miles before setting up camp just below Capitol Lake. On days two and three you’ll hike a short distance from basecamp to perform trail maintenance up to the Daly Saddle.  Return to camp each evening to enjoy views of the majestic Elk Mountain Range, and the camaraderie of your crewmates. You will pack up camp and hike out on day four.
When: Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13
Project type: Overnight backpacking, trail maintenance
Food: CFI will provide all food from dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday.
What to bring: CFI will provide a full packing list of necessary equipment, including your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.).
What not to bring: CFI will provide all trail tools necessary for the project and all cooking/kitchen equipment.
Join the waiting list.

August 31 – September 3: Register Here

Uncompahgre Peak Backcountry Project

Join CFI on Labor Day weekend as we go into the remote and beautiful San Juan Mountains. This four-day backpacking project provides you with the opportunity to work as part of a small group of volunteers performing valuable restoration work and light trail maintenance. On day one you’ll meet up at the trailhead and backpack a short 1-1.5 miles before setting up camp. On days two and three you’ll hike a short distance from basecamp to perform work that will focus on retaining tread soil with the installation of check steps through alpine tundra, steps will be backfilled with native materials. Higher up on the summit ridge, the installation of retention structures will prevent the loss of fragile, unstable soils.  Return to camp each evening to enjoy views of the San Juan Mountains, and the camaraderie of your crew mates. You will pack up camp and hike out on day four.
When: 
Thursday August 31 through Sunday, September 3
Project type: 
Overnight backpacking, trail maintenance
Food: 
CFI will provide all food from dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday.
What to bring: 
CFI will provide a full packing list of necessary equipment, including your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.).
What not to bring: 
CFI will provide all trail tools necessary for the project and all cooking/kitchen equipment.
Register here

August 31 – September 3: PROJECT FULL – Join the waiting list

Capitol Peak Backcountry Project

Team up with CFI this summer to help maintain the summit route on one of the hardest 14er climbs. On day one you’ll meet up at the trailhead and backpack about 5 miles before setting up camp just below Capitol Lake. On days two and three you’ll hike a short distance from basecamp to perform trail maintenance up to the Daly Saddle.  Return to camp each evening to enjoy views of the majestic Elk Mountain Range, and the camaraderie of your crewmates. You will pack up camp and hike out on day four.
When: Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13
Project type: Overnight backpacking, trail maintenance
Food: CFI will provide all food from dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday.
What to bring: CFI will provide a full packing list of necessary equipment, including your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.).
What not to bring: CFI will provide all trail tools necessary for the project and all cooking/kitchen equipment.
Join the waiting list

September 7 – September 10: PROJECT FULL – Join the waiting list

La Plata Peak Backcountry Project 

Discover the value of a weekend spent giving back to the 14ers. This four-day backpacking project provides you with the opportunity to work as part of a small group of volunteers performing valuable restoration work and light trail maintenance. On day one you’ll meet up at the trailhead and backpack about 1.5 miles before setting up camp near treeline. On days two and three you’ll hike a short distance from basecamp to perform routine trail maintenance on the upper slopes of La Plata’s NW ridge.  Return to camp each evening to enjoy views of the Sawatch Range, and the camaraderie of your crewmates. You will pack up camp and hike out on day four.
When: Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10
Project type: Overnight backpacking, trail maintenance
Food: CFI will provide all food from dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday.
What to bring: CFI will provide a full packing list of necessary equipment, including your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.). What not to bring: CFI will provide all trail tools necessary for the project and all cooking/kitchen equipment.
Join the waiting list.

September 7 – September 10: Register Here

Mount Massive Backcountry Project 

Join CFI for a massive amount of fun and rewarding weekend of trail work on Colorado’s second tallest mountain. This four-day backpacking project provides you with the opportunity to work as part of a small group of volunteers installing erosion prevention structures like check steps and performing routine maintenance work. On day one you’ll meet up at the East Slopes trailhead and backpack about 2-3 miles before setting up camp near treeline. On days two and three you’ll hike a short distance from basecamp and work above treeline.  Return to camp each evening to enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding Arkansas River Valley, and the camaraderie of your crewmates. You will pack up camp and hike out on day four.
When: Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, September 10
Project type: Overnight backpacking, trail maintenance
Food: CFI will provide all food from dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday.
What to bring: CFI will provide a full packing list of necessary equipment, including your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.). What not to bring: CFI will provide all trail tools necessary for the project and all cooking/kitchen equipment.
Register Here

September 21 – September 24: PROJECT FULL – Join the waiting list

Mount of the Holy Cross Backcountry Project 

Help close out the trail season with a multi-day backcountry project on one of Colorado’s most iconic 14ers.   This four-day backpacking project provides you with the opportunity to work as part of a small group of volunteers performing valuable restoration work and light trail maintenance. On day one you’ll meet up at the trailhead and backpack about 3 miles before setting up camp near treeline. On days two and three you’ll hike a short distance from basecamp to perform trail maintenance.  Return to camp each evening to enjoy views of the Holy Cross Wilderness, and the camaraderie of your crewmates. You will pack up camp and hike out on day four.
When: Thursday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 24
Project type: Overnight backpacking, trail maintenance
Food: CFI will provide all food from dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Sunday.
What to bring: CFI will provide a full packing list of necessary equipment, including your own backpacking gear (backpack, tent, sleeping bag, etc.). What not to bring: CFI will provide all trail tools necessary for the project and all cooking/kitchen equipment.
Join the waiting list