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Spoke Talk: ‘Tis the season for trail work and photoshoots        

Kelly Northcutt/For Steamboat Today

Believe it or not, trails do not simply fall out of the trail god's pocket and land perfectly onto our mountains and parks. Humans actually build them. And since volunteering is critical for personal well-being and social responsibility, maybe it's time to donate a few hours — and a bucket of sweat — to your beloved trails.

Routt County Riders will host volunteer work days from 4 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday during the summer at Bear River Bike Park. These events will help keep the jumps in excellent, sending shape.

After you have smoothed them to perfection, bring your bike and get ready to flash a smile and a backflip for the photographers. There will be professionals, and certainly a few amateurs, snapping photos from 7 to 8 p.m. after the work is completed. Not only are you giving back to the community, but this might be your claim to fame. (Local fame still counts).

Not as keen on the bike park maintenance? Worry not. We will also be hosting trail work days every other Saturday at various trails around town. These work days are critical for keeping our extremely well-loved trails in a rideable condition. Please make sure to follow Routt County Riders on all forms of social media for updates on dates and times for work events.

And, if the whole manual labor thing is not how you choose to volunteer, please show up for the Trail Tasting Tour from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Storm Peak Brewery and Butcherknife Brewery. This event is hosted by the Trail Fund Ambassadors to support the Trail Maintenance Endowment Fund. A $20 donation gives you a trail tasting card that provides deals at both breweries.

One hundred percent of these donations goes straight into the fund to maintain our trails, so it is basically like you are out there maintaining the trails yourself, right?

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The trail gods are happy.

Kelly Northcutt is administrator for Routt County Riders.

If you go

What: Volunteering to maintain local trails and Bear River Bike Park

When: Bike park — 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; Local trails — every other Saturday

Where: Visit Routt County Riders on Facebook for event locations and times

Why: Because our trails love you and you should love them

Information: Bring work gloves, boots, eye protection and water