Colorado Parks and Wildlife Partners with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado on Trail Work at State Forest State Park
Colorado Parks Press Release
WALDEN, Colo. – Over the Aug. 20-21 weekend, a popular Northern Colorado trail in State Forest State Park will receive much needed “TLC” from volunteers and community members. The Lake Agnes Trail in State Forest State Park is hiked annually by thousands of visitors to gain access to the pristine mountain lake.
“The Lake Agnes trail presents a unique opportunity for hikers of all ages and abilities to access some of the most spectacular scenery our park has to offer,” said State Forest State Park Senior Ranger Christina Bradshaw. “At only 1.6 miles round trip, this hike is a wonderful way for visitors to stretch their legs or for the avid fisherman to try their luck at catching greenback cutthroat trout.”
Originally constructed in 1999 by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and Colorado State Parks, the trail and surrounding area has seen significant wear and tear from weather, heavy use, and erosion due to “short-cutting,” by hikers who bypass designated trails.
Over the weekend, approximately 40 volunteers and State Forest State Park staff members will build rock structures, walls and steps to reduce the impact of erosion and to strengthen the trail tread, ensuring that this trail remains sustainable for future generations. The shortcuts created by hikers to avoid switchbacks will be re-vegetated.
Generous in-kind support is being provided by several local sponsors: the Michigan River Ranch, Drifter’s Cookhouse, North Park KOA Campground, The River Rock Café, The Moose Creek Café, and The Cabins. Additional supporters include Eileen’s Colossal Cookies, Honey Baked Ham, Sunflower Markets and Harrison Resource Corporation.
Bradshaw advised visitors who want to use the Agnes Lake Trail over the weekend that that trail crews will be in the area from about 7:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and to please practice good trail etiquette principles and to share the trail.