Happy hour on Howelsen

Volunteers needed for trail upkeep

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For those who use Howelsen Hill's singletrack trails, the opportunity to help with their upkeep has arrived.

On Friday afternoon, the Routt County Riders Bicycle Club is hosting another installment of its "Happy Hour Trailwork" series near the Lupine Loop trail.

"We are armoring the trail with rock in a muddy, boggy area," organizer Gretchen Sehler said. "We will collect rock and put it in, kind of like paving it with rock. It's erosion prevention, but the lowest part of the Lupine trail has been closed all year because it's like a mud bog."

Sehler and her husband, Marc, have started working on the trail partly because Sehler is tired of it being closed. The trail was open last spring, and the director of the Steamboat Springs Town Challenge Series wants to use it for mountain bike races.

In previous Happy Hour Trailwork sessions, 45 volunteers helped build a new bottom section to the MGM Trail.

"It's riding sweet," Sehler said. "We did it by hand."

Friday's work session is the last one planned for some time. The next big project is to reroute a portion of the Lupine Loop and extend it, but Sehler's focus now is on the existing trail that riders have been waiting to use.

A mountain spring that didn't show itself last year likely is to blame for the flooded areas of the Lupine Loop, Sehler said.

"It's finally starting to dry out, but we still need to armor this for next spring, when it's wet again," she added.

Volunteers are asked to bring water, gloves and proper foot attire. People can meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the bottom of Blackmere Drive near the gate or anytime after 4 p.m. on the Lupine Loop trail at the top of the Alpine Slide.

Anyone with questions can call Sehler at 879-8166.

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