Sharing the Beaver Brook Trail with the Nation

Every year the Land Trust Alliance, the national organization representing land trusts across the country, holds Rally, a fantastic conference that brings together thousands of land conservation professionals from around the country and world.  This October, Rally took place in Denver, and CCLC volunteered to show a group of 21 attendees one of the areas gems, the historic Beaver Brook Trail.  On October 26, Greg Holden(CCLC’s President), Jeff Bogard (Board Member), and Claire Riegelman (Executive Director) met a fantastic group of hikers hailing from all over the country and a couple of visitors from Argentina.  We set off from the Stapleton Drive trailhead at Genesee Mountain Park early in the morning with the sun shining and temperatures warming to near 60ºF.  By lunchtime though, the weather was doing what it often does in Colorado; it was making a rapid change to quite chilly with snow flurries.  Fortunately, the group of hikers was well prepared and excited to experience all of Colorado’s seasons.  During the hike, Greg, Jeff, and Claire shared stories about the history of the area, conservation in Clear Creek Canyon, and the partnerships necessary to preserve the Beaver Brook Trail.  Attendees asked many questions and shared antidotes about their own land conservation experiences.  9 miles and 2100 feet later, we reached the Windy Saddle trailhead where our bus was waiting to take everyone back into Denver.  It was a fantastic opportunity to share one of CCLC’s favorite places with a wonderful group of fellow land conservationists.

Beaver Brook Trail – Storm Rolling In by David Perry