Trail Maintenance Groups
The POST Partners Volunteer Program helps organize and oversee three trail maintenance groups in Town: The Ridgeline Wranglers, Rhyolite Dirt Crew and Keepers of the Rock. Together, they dedicate hundreds of hours each year to maintaining our numerous soft surface trails within the Town of Castle Rock.
Join us at our annual kick-off meeting to discuss our yearly goals and learn more about the program.
Trail Maintenance Kick-off Meeting
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
MAC Aspen/Cascade Room, 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway
Ridgeline Wranglers is a group of volunteers who help maintain and improve Ridgeline Open Space and Philip S Miller Park Open Space. The group has approximately 50 active members, with six trained crew leaders. The crew leaders have completed background checks, so they are cleared through the Town to work with youth. Town staff members lead maintenance outings.
Work on the trail includes:
- Maintaining the trail surface and structures
- Maintaining drainage structures
- Keeping the trail corridor clear of vegetation
- Removing noxious weeds
- Constructing trail improvements as needed
The group meets one Saturday a month at the Ridgeline Open Space trailhead off of Coachline Road, with additional maintenance outings scheduled as needed. Occasional events are held at Philip S Miller Park trails.
Additional information can be found on the Wranglers' Facebook group.
Volunteers receive a POST Partners T-shirt, water bottle or hat, as well as an end-of-season party with raffle prizes and food. Participants interested in becoming crew leaders will receive free training. Email us with any questions.
Rhyolite Dirt Crew
Started in 2010, the Rhyolite Dirt Crew helps maintain and improve the bike park at Rhyolite Regional Park. Additional information can be found on the Facebook group for the Dirt Crew.
In 2012, improvements were made to the bike park berms and jump line, with machine work by Progressive Trail Designs and follow-up hand work by the Dirt Crew. A mulch practice jump was also added at the base, along with a return. In addition, a 2-mile permanent cyclocross course was established in fall 2012.
In May 2013, a new session zone with a beginner, intermediate and advanced line was constructed by Progressive Trail Design and the Dirt Crew. In 2018, a picnic area was added, and the session jumps were reworked to give the course new life.
In 2020, Keven Winder took the helm as our crew leader. This is hard work, and we appreciate all the volunteers who come out to help! Volunteers receive a POST Partners T-shirt, water bottle or hat. If you are interested in volunteering, email volunteer coordinator Marcy Jones.
Maintaining our Town's namesake
Keepers of the Rock is an all-volunteer group that adopted the Town's namesake Rock Park on July 12, 2004, in hopes of making significant improvements to the area.
These volunteers are in-tune with Rock Park's environment and are committed to sustaining the park for the enjoyment of the people who use it. The group conducts monthly restoration outings from April through October.
Volunteers have been able to accomplish:
- Trail resurfacing, stabilization and tread repair
- Wildland protection: ongoing social trail closures and reclamation
- Catch basin and rock dam maintenance for erosion control
- Corridor vegetation clearing
- Brush fence repair
- Retaining wall construction and repair
- Timber step installation and repair
- Knapweed abatement and control
- Trash collection
- Willow removal
- More than 10,540 hours of volunteer time over the last 10 years
- Since the inception of the Keepers of the Rock/Teen Court partnership, 619 Teen Court youth have served the community at Rock Park.