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San Juan National Forest continues construction on the Cutthroat Trail

San Juan National Forest, volunteers and partners, including Southwest Conservation Corps and Durango Trails, resumed trail construction on the new Cutthroat Trail, a 5.5-mile trail above the East Fork of Hermosa Creek on the Columbine Ranger District.

Construction began last summer when crews established the initial alignment from Cascade Divide Road to Sigg Creek Campground, a 3.7-mile section of the planned trail. This year, crews will work to complete construction of the trail on this segment.

Volunteers are invited to join the trail-building efforts throughout September and on National Public Lands Day. Volunteers may sign up for Sept. 10, 11 and 25. For more information and to sign up, visit www.durangotrails.org/volunteer.

The Forest Service aims to complete Phase 1 construction from Cascade Divide Road to Sigg Creek Campground this year. Phase 2 will continue from Sigg Creek to the Upper Hermosa Park trailhead.

For more information, contact Emily Olsen at eolsen@nationalforests.org.