Brainard Portal Restoration – Awesome Volunteer Opportunity – Exclusive Camping & No Entrance Fee


Be a part of much needed restoration to the Brainard Lake trail system. CMC Boulder is teaming up with the US Forest Service, Boulder Mountainbike Alliance, and the Wildlands Restoration Volunteers. This program is a one of a kind opportunity for those looking to make a lasting positive impact.

When: September 1 and 2, 2012
Number of Volunteers: 80 per day!
For More Information:
To Sign Up: Go to the website at and find the Brainard Portal Restoration and Trail Project

The entire Brainard Recreation Area is closed to camping this year. HOWEVER, we will have exclusive permission to camp near the worksite Friday night through Sunday night. You can relax and enjoy a hike on Monday (Labor Day), using the FREE entrance pass you’ll receive in thanks for volunteering. The work site is located at about 10,000 feet. We will camp in a beautiful area near the portal and have exclusive access to all the facilities. Great food will be provided by talented WRV cooks!

The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is one of the most popular wilderness access points in the United States, receiving over 130,000 visitors per year. To reduce impacts on the wilderness, the US Forest Service has created the new “Brainard Portal.” This new Portal provides all parking for the highly popular winter activities in the area, and access to plentiful summer-time activities as well. The disturbance around the new Portal needs to be restored. And, the portal needs a trail connection to the established trail system.

WRV volunteers will construct about 450 feet of trail connecting to the popular Sourdough Trail, plant over 500 native trees and shrubs around the Portal, plant native seeds, install erosion matting, close/rehab at least 1200 feet of social trails, and stabilize/revegetate an eroding slope near the new entrance booth. Volunteers will be working at an elevation of about 10,000 feet.

The Brainard Portal is a top regional priority for the US Forest Service, because it is such a visible entry point to a popular destination. The fruits of your volunteer efforts will be seen and enjoyed by millions of people over the coming years!!


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