Backpacking Lite – Hay Park to Buzzard Basin Details

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Date:  Friday, Aug 16 – Sunday, Aug 18, 2019
Time:  Friday evening thru Sunday afternoon 
Location: Buzzard Basin Trail beneath Mt. Sopris
Partners: Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, US Forest Service, Capitol Peak Outfitters, Wilderness Workshop, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, & Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council

Arrival + Camping

Volunteers are not required to camp. Feel free to join us for a day or the full weekend as designated on your registration. Sunset will be around 8PM this weekend. It is recommended that you arrive before sunset in order to set up camp and eat dinner. We will be staying at a high elevation campground at approximately 10,000 ft. Please bring warm clothing as it will likely be below 50°F at night.

What to Expect

RFOV and our partners are excited to invite you to our yearly backpacking project near the Maroon Bells – Snowmass Wilderness area. Over two days, volunteers will be rerouting the Buzzard Basin trail out of the Wilderness area boundary. This reroute will allow the trail to stay open to multiple recreational uses. Volunteers will hike/bike approximately 4 miles to the work/camp site beginning at the Hay Park Trailhead on Capitol Creek Rd (see attached map). This trail gains elevation quickly from the trailhead and then flattens out. All meals are provided for the weekend from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch.

Project Schedule

Friday
5:00pm  Dinner begins
8:00pm  Dinner Ends

Saturday
7:30am  Breakfast
9:00am  Start Work
Noon  Lunch
4:00pm  End Work
6:00pm  Dinner

Sunday
7:30am  Breakfast
9:00am  Start Work
Lunch + End Work

What to Bring

Thanks to Capitol Peak Outfitters, all food and kitchen supplies will be brought to the campsite via horse pack. 

  • Personal camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, headlamp, etc.)
  • Camping plate, bowl, cup, + utensils
  • Camp chair
  • Work gloves
  • Work/trail shoes
  • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.
  • Rain gear (jacket, pants) 
  • Warm clothes for sleeping
  • Warm hat + gloves for evenings
  • Insect repellent 
  • Water (at least 1/2 gallon)
  • Personal snacks
  • Small backpack for snacks + gear

What to Wear

Please layer your clothing to be ready for cool weather at night and warm weather later in the day. Be prepared with a hat, sunscreen, work gloves, and rain gear. Long pants are recommended and sturdy, closed-toed shoes are required.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon (vegetarian options available). Water filtration is provided. Please bring your own plate, bowl, cup, utensils, and full water bottles.

Registration + Transportation

All volunteers must pre-register and fill out the online waiver. Please designate which nights you will be camping with us. The easiest access to the camp and work site is via the Hay Park Trailhead on Capitol Creek Rd (see attached map). Directional signs will be placed at trail intersections.

Directions

Google Maps directions – Search “Capitol Creek Trailhead” on Capitol Creek Rd. Approximately 30 mins from Basalt and 40 mins from Aspen.

From Basalt (or down valley)

Follow CO-82 E towards Aspen. Turn right on Snowmass Creek Rd at the Conoco (about 4 miles past the main Basalt exit). In 1.8 miles turn right at the fork onto Capitol Creek Rd. Continue straight on Capitol Creek Rd for 7.8 miles (the road turns from pavement to dirt) then turn right into the trailhead parking lot.

From Aspen (or up valley)

Follow CO-82 W towards Glenwood Springs. Turn left on Snowmass Creek Rd at the Conoco (approximately 13 miles after the Aspen traffic circle).In 1.8 miles turn right at the fork onto Capitol Creek Rd. Continue straight on Capitol Creek Rd for 7.8 miles (the road turns from pavement to dirt) then turn right into the trailhead parking lot.

Important Notes

  • As much as we love pets, they may make this project unsafe for both volunteers and pets. Please leave your furry friends at home.
  • This project is appropriate for children age 10 and up.

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