It was May when Trails for All started hearing that the Cottonwood Creek Trail needed to be a high priority for clearing. Several of our intrepid local volunteers scouted the little-used drainage in between tempestuous spring storms. The snow took its time retreating, but a hardy crew of three finally made it almost to 11,000 feet -- cutting through deadfall and daylighting other growth -- clearing the way for people and mules.
The reason for the high priority was a special fish-stocking mission that required the coordination of several agencies and organizations, including Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service. July 1, Trails for All volunteers were also on hand for the “big event,” the re-homing of rare native Greenback trout rescued in 2016 from the Hayden Creek Fire.