Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach

 

Mount Yale Trail Realignment - Colorado

An example of the rock work involved in the new trail up Mount Yale

RTP funds to realign a poorly located user-created climbing route on the ascent to the 14,196 foot summit of Mount Yale.

In 2009, the Pike and San Isabel National Forests received a Colorado State Trails Grant for $170,075 in RTP funds to realign a poorly located user-created climbing route on the ascent to the 14,196 foot summit of Mount Yale.

These funds were used to leverage more than $400,000 in other federal, foundation, corporate, and individual funds. The existing user-created trail on Mount Yale followed the fall line of the mountain, leading to severe erosion and significant vegetation loss in the incredibly sensitive alpine environment.

The project included a 1.4 mile trail reroute, 2.56 miles of trail maintenance, a .29 mile section of heavy trail reconstruction, and 1.37 miles of closed social trail stabilization and restoration (including over 15,000 vegetative plugs!)

Erosion gullies on one of the user-created routes down the mountain

Erosion gullies on one of the user-created routes down the mountain

On a daily basis, crews climbed up to 2,600 vertical feet to reach their worksites. The Rocky Mountain Youth Corps spent 1,200 crew days inspiring young adults to make a difference in themselves and their communities; they also supplied over $83,000 in matching funds.

The project was completed through the efforts of multiple partners, volunteers, and the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service’s primary partner for this project was the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to protect and preserve the natural integrity of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks through active stewardship and public education.


More winners of this award

2019: Lassen Peak Trail

2018: Pole Mountain Trails - Wyoming

2017: Arizona Conservation Corps Mogollon Rim Ancestral Lands Trail Crew - Arizona

2016: Rock Creek Park Bridge Project - District of Columbia

2016: Utah Conservation Corps Bike Crew - Utah

2015: Iowa DNR Americorps Trail Crew - Iowa

2014: Alaska Trails Mobile Tool Trailers

2013: Leicester Hollow Loop Trail - Vermont

2011: Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trail System - Alaska

2010: Hyde Park Heritage Greenway - New York

2009: North Bend Lake Equestrian Trail - West Virginia

2007: Continental Divide Trail Alliance Youth Corps

2006: Swallow Falls Trails and Muddy Creek Falls Overlook - Maryland

2005: Superior Hiking Trail - Minnesota

2004: North Fork I and II Trail Projects - Oregon

2003: North Fork Boise River Trail Rehabilitation - Idaho