|Photo by Carter Bland|
|Photo by the USFS|
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, July 19-26 2014
|Photo by Brian Bone on WV's 2013 Maroon Bells-Snowmass service project|
|Wildflower a plenty in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness|
|Elk Herd - Taken on WV's 2013 Service Project by Karen Stump|
The Holy Cross Wilderness, located in central Colorado just southwest of Vail, is characterized by rugged ridgelines and glacier-carved valleys complete with spruce-fir forests, cascading streams and dozens of lakes. The wilderness is named after Mount of the Holy Cross, which became famous in 1873 when William Henry Jackson first photographed the cross of snow on the northeast face of the mountain. Over 150 miles of trail traverse the 122,918 acre wilderness, providing excellent opportunities for day hiking and backpacking. We'll volunteer while camped at 10,000' elevation Beaver Lake, and hiking along Beaver Creek, as it emerges from the surrounding high country of the central Colorado Rockies.
|Photo by Karen Stump, taken on the 2013 Service Project in the Holy Cross|
Our service project is working with the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District to construct three rock turnpikes through particularly wet areas of Beaver Creek trail that keep eroding away. The existing condition is dangerous for horses, backpackers, day hikers and trail runners, and the wetlands impact needs to be reduced. The trip involves a 1 mile, steep backpack into basecamp at 10,000' elevation, and daily hikes to the work sites with tools roundtrip of 2-6 miles. On our free day we can relax, swim, fish, photograph, and check out the Turquoise Lakes.