The Gunnison Trails’ Professional Trail Crew is a group of 3-4 hardworking individuals dedicated to building and maintaining fun, sustainable singletrack in and around the Gunnison Valley. The Trail Crew was founded in the summer of 2016 as a “youth crew”, employing young people from the community to address a backlog of unmaintained trails that the local army of volunteers was unable to keep up with. Since then, the “youth crew” has evolved into a professionally trained trail crew working with the local branches of the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to help steward trail use and recreation on our public lands.
The trail work season runs from June 1st through October 31st, with one crew member slot reserved for a 10-week “youth internship” beginning on June 1st. Work weeks consist of 4×10 hour days, Monday through Thursday. The days are long and the work physically demanding, requiring a certain level of physical fitness. Trail Crew work includes (but is by no means limited to) maintaining existing trail, building new trail, clearing trail of deadfall, mending fences and building gates, hauling in heavy loads of materials to work sites, managing groups of volunteers, and a plethora of other tasks related to trail work. Work sites are wide ranging, going as far north as Crested Butte and Taylor Park, as far south as the Alpine Loop south of Lake City, west into the West Elks, and as far east as the Continental Divide. Some of the trails we have helped to maintain include Block and Tackle, Bear Creek, Texas Ridge, Rainbow Lake, Little Mill Creek, Monarch Crest, Agate Creek, Silver Creek, Doctor Park, Cement Mountain, Roaring Judy, and Eccher Gulch…to name just a few. At times we are above timberline on an alpine trail up one of the areas 14ers, while at others we are toiling in the desert-y sage hills of Hartman Rocks and Signal Peak, passing the days through whatever kind of weather Mom Nature decides to throw our direction.
In a given summer, the Trail Crew will maintain an average of 30-40 miles of existing trail. Along with the local branches of the USFS and BLM, the crew has also partnered with the Rio Grande National Forest, San Isabel National Forest, Leave No Trace, and the Colorado Trail Foundation to help maintain existing trails. On top of these, throughout the season we also work with the Western Colorado Conservation Corps, Western Colorado University, the Western Mountain Sports Team, and our steady and reliable group of all-star volunteers to help build an average of 2-3 miles of new single track every season!
If you are a hardworking individual, with or without trail work experience, interested in becoming a part of the crew, please send a resume and cover letter indicating why you are interested in the work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay is competitive and dependent on experience.
- 2019 Crew – Cosmo Langsfeld, Matt Steinwand, James Ruggiero
- 2018 Crew – Cosmo Langsfeld, Teo Bradbury, Sully Marshall
- 2017 Crew – Teo Bradbury, Caleb Mueller, Sully Marshall
- 2016 Crew – Tim Kugler, Tristan Spezze, Ian Turner, Sebastian Infantes, Camille Sjoquist
If this sounds like your cup of tea, contact us for more information.
Our Trail Crew wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions from our financial partners:
- City of Gunnison Public Service Grant Program
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife
- Colorado Water Conservation Board
- Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley
- Gunnison Rotary Club
- Gunnison Car Club
- Rose Community Foundation, the WE4Smith Foundation, Wayne and Erica Smith
- Western Colorado University
- Gunnison County Metropolitan Recreation District
- Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association
- Gunnison County
- Extreme Terrain Clean Trail Initiative