The Continental Divide Trail

South Fork is a Gateway Community for the CDTC (Continental Divide Trail Coalition)

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 the Greater South Fork Community Foundation represented by Kit Salway and Karla Roquemore, one of our local trail angels, along with Bob of Wolf Creek Lodge and the staff at Rocky Mountain Ski and Raft presented the bikes granted to the CDTC (Continental Divide Trail Coalition) to hikers who came into South Fork to support the first step in the summer’s festivities surrounding South Fork becoming a Gateway Community for the CDT hiking community.

Brent Cranfill, of Rocky Mountain Ski and Raft ordered the four mountain bikes and two trikes for our CDT hikers. South Fork had 13 hikers come into town for the presentation. The hiking community is very excited to have the bikes to use while in town to get around the community. When they come to town they are interested in first getting cleaned up and then food, not necessarily in that order. Then they need a place to stay. The trikes will be used for getting to the laundry mat and to pick up supplies to restock their packs.

The hikers here over the weekend either retained rooms at Wolf Creek Lodge or camping space at Alpine. They picked up extra supplies, picked up their pre-shipped boxes from the post office and they enjoyed our restaurants. They felt getting the word out about the bikes within their hiking community would encourage other hikers to stop in South Fork as none of the other Gateway communities offer a form of easy transportation. After walking for days the last thing they want to do is hike through town for their needs. Every year the number of hikers on the CDT is increasing which will bring business into South Fork.

On July 29th through the 31st volunteers will reestablish the trail thread, build rock retaining walls, rebuild switchbacks, clean drainages, restore social trails, brush out the trail corridor and repair a bridge and turnpike along the trail here at Wolf Creek Pass. The work is considered moderate and there will be car camping on site. Interested parties can contact to volunteer for the weekend or to support the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The Greater South Fork Community Foundation is also accepting donations on behalf of the hikers to help support future needs and the town of South Fork as a Gateway Community, which can be mailed to PO Box 567 South Fork, Co 81154.

When you see hikers coming off the trail at Wolf Creek Pass with their thumbs out, ask them if they are CDT and offer them a ride into town. Let’s support our hiking community as they support our community.