What goes into building Colorado's trails

SUMMIT COUNTY - Along Turk's Trail -- just off of French Creek -- Scott Reid and buses loaded with more than 100 people with Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado are in the midst of a pretty impressive endeavor.

"We have about 4,000 feet of difficult trail to build," Reid said.

They will carve a path through an area once used by miners and mules. Today, all the work is fueled by manpower, with everything moved into the area by hand and with foot traffic carrying it all in.

It means these volunteers are putting 60 pounds of wood on their backs and carrying large 140-pound wooden beams a half mile into the trail to be used as bridges.

"It's full thickness-treated lumber, so it's plenty heavy," Reid said.

While that's happening, trail workers are cutting a path marked by flags that run right through several big piles of rock fields. Many of those rocks have to be picked up or dug up and moved.

Here, the trail work moves inch by inch, one rock and one bucket load at a time.

It's work that volunteer Steve Austin has been doing since the 80's. Now 89-years-old, he's not only still moving rocks, but he's helped build hundreds of trails around Colorado.

"Altogether I have done 282," Austin said.

After Sunday, he can add one more before Scott and the volunteers start planning their path to the next trail project.

"We have some planned for the next few years," Reid said.

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