Veterans Trail Crew- Medicine Bow National Forest

Sponsored by: U.S. National Forest Service

For Hitch 5, the Veterans Trail Crew headed up and over the Snowy Range to work with the U.S. National Forest Service. The VTC began work on bog bridges along the Continental Divide Trail by hauling in tools and materials the 2.5 miles in to the worksite. While working on the CDT, the VTC had to us only handle tools to construct the bridges because of the Wilderness Area they were working in. After constructing the bog bridges the VTC continued work by clearing trails of fallen trees by utilizing crosscut saws.

For their day off, the Veterans Trail Crew headed into Saratoga to check out the local Hot Springs, enjoy some fishing on the North Platte River, then enjoying a meal out.

All Said and Done:

  • Constructed 3 Bog Bridges
  • Cleared trail corridor

All-Women’s Crew- Laramie Peak, Medicine Bow National Forest

Sponsored by: The National Forest Service

For Hitch 5, the All-Women’s Crew headed over to Laramie Peak to work with the Medicine Bow National Forest. While working up on Laramie Peak the All- Women’s Crew continued work on trail remediation and maintenance along the Lost Creek Trail. Work consisted of long hours hiking, clearing the trail corridor, and building in rock features to help with trail longevity.

For their day off, the All-Women’s Crew relaxed around camp for most of the day before heading into Douglas to enjoy a meal out.

All Said and Done:

  • 1.5 miles of trail corridor cleared
  • 1.5 miles of trail remediation and maintenance

Crew 1- Red Canyon Ranch

Sponsored by: The Nature Conservancy

For Hitch 5, Crew 1 headed up to Red Canyon Ranch to work with The Nature Conservancy to improve riparian areas. While working at Red Canyon Ranch, Crew 1 built ore rock dams, zuni bowls, and other rock features. These rock features are meant to reduce the rate of erosion in drainage areas. Also, Crew 1 repaired 25 Beaver Dam Analogs, these dams are meant to slow the flow of the stream and increase the riparian area by changing the flood plain.

For their day off, Crew 1 hiked the natural waterslide in Sinks Canyon State Park and got ice cream at the Scream Shack.

All Said and Done:

  • 10 ore rock dams
  • 1 Zuni bowl
  • 1 Media Lung
  • 1 U-bend
  • 25 BDA’s repaired/rebuilt

Crew 2- Curt Gowdy State Park/ Wyoming Territorial Prison

Sponsored by: Wyoming State Parks

For Hitch 5, Crew 2 had a split hitch, half at Curt Gowdy State Park conducting trail maintenance and the other half of the project at the Wyoming Territorial Prison conducting historical preservation. During their time at Curt Gowdy, Crew 2 conducted trail remediation along the new Gold Rush Trail by putting in edge armor, tread armor, rock features, and drainage. While at the Wyoming Territorial Prison Crew 2 chipped and scrapped paint before repainting structures within the Prison.

For their day off, Crew 2 went up to the Snowy Range to hike Med Bow Peak before enjoying a meal out.

All Said and Done:

  • .3 miles of new trail constructed
  • .3 miles of trail remediated
  • Approx. 100’ of rock features constructed

Crew 3- Bear River State Park

Sponsored by: Wyoming State Parks

For Hitch 5, Crew 3 had the long drive over to Bear River State Park where they aided Wyoming State Parks in trail remediation and maintenance. While At Bear River State Park, Crew 3 built raised turnpikes, constructed French drains, water bars, and cleared trail corridor. Also, the crew hauled large quantities of gravel to raise the trail tread.

For their day off, Crew 3 headed down to Park City, Utah to explore the town and enjoy a movie and a meal out.

All Said and Done:

  • 2 Turnpikes constructed
  • 3 French Drains constructed
  • 2 water bars constructed
  • Approx. 3 miles of trail corridor clearing
  • Improved 4 small bridges

This AmeriCorps program is made possible through a generous grant from
ServeWyoming!

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