The Town of Vail and U.S. Forest Service are seeking community volunteers to help field an intercept survey that will be used to probe access, crowding and other topics related to the hiking experience on five heavily-used trails in East Vail. These popular trails - Booth Lake, Gore Creek, Deluge Lake, Pitkin Creek and Bighorn Creek - are used to access the Eagles Nest Wilderness.
The survey is part of a planning process that will help identify short-term and long-term actions to help reduce crowding on the trails and associated impacts.
Volunteers are needed to help staff survey shifts in two- or four-hour increments. The goal is to provide coverage from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15-25 and Sept. 19-29 at the East Vail trailheads. They’ll be joined by volunteers from the Vail Trail Host program, Walking Mountains Science Center, Vail Valley Mountain Trails Alliance and Vail Police.
Information compiled from the intercept survey will be used by the town and Forest Service to assess parking and transit options, trail etiquette and regulations, impacts of social media, alternative trail possibilities and future management options.
If you can volunteer to help with the survey project, please contact the Vail Welcome Center by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org