Colorado Trail Foundation Crew Leader Handbook

As a crew leader you represent the CTF. One of your main jobs is to convey the CTF’s thanks to the volunteers for their commitment to making and preserving The Colorado Trail as a national treasure.

by The Colorado Trail Foundation

This manual is intended only as a crew and camp organization guide, not a trail construction manual. Construction techniques and specific equipment use guides are provided in the United States Forest Service’s (USFS, Forest Service) “Trail Construction and Maintenance Notebook.

The CTF offers a variety of trail crew types, including both basecamp and backpack crews. To make it easier for crew leaders of the two different types of crews to find relevant information in this Handbook, sections specific to basecamp crews are shown in text boxes with a blue background while sections specific to backpack crews are shown in text boxes with a green background. All other sections are applicable to both types of crews.

Attached document published May 2022

About the Author


The Colorado Trail Foundation is a nonprofit organization that oversees the care and improvement of the Colorado Trail.

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