Trailridge Runners 4WD Club / Northern Colorado Trail Riders
16th Annual Lefthand Canyon Cleanup
story by Adam Mehlberg, photos by Adam Mehlberg / Ray Comeau
This years Lefthand Canyon Cleanup was the 16th annual. It was moved to a Saturday in April instead of May. My concerns about snow due to having the event earlier seem to be unfounded. The week before the cleanup the weather was mild, in fact it was almost summer like. But, as seems to be the case in the spring around here, a cold front came through the very day we had the cleanup. In the morning the sun was warming us up very nicely, but as the day progressed the up-slope brought clouds and before long a few flakes of snow fell. There was no accumulation, but it was almost too cold to be out there. You could see your breath!

The Boulder Ranger District paid for one of the roll offs again this year, the second was donated by Western Disposal who brought them up and hauled them away. We were able to place the second roll off at the upper shooting area just off County 94. It was filled by the volunteers. There was still debris in the shooting area when they were done. The lower shooting area where Carnage Canyon starts did not have as much debris this year. We still filled the first roll off with what was there.

The Cleanup was promoted on the KBPI radio station and at the 4 Wheel Parts stores in Denver. This year we had 125 volunteers for the cleanup. Forty eight were from the general public, not affiliated with a club or group.

At the end of the cleanup everyone was enjoying lunch provided by the Northern Colorado Trail Riders. Some of us really enjoyed standing by the grill soaking up some of the warmth. This year the cook had the best job.

Thanks to all the volunteers, everyone that donated supplies, like Budget Home Center for the buckets, Bill Boitano also for buckets, and the volunteers that brought trash bags. Thanks to John Sherman for donating a bunch of Bagels, cream cheese, and bottled water from Moe s Broadway Bagel in Boulder. Darrel Turner brought out his Bobcat to help with loading of the roll off. Thanks to Greg Beery, Richard Harmon, Kathy Howell and John Howell for helping at the lower roll off. Gail Straty for helping with the traffic control. Gordon Howe, Rick Kilton, and Ray Comeau for helping with the sign ups. Cathy and Rich Horiuchi for helping Ray at the upper shooting area. Thanks to Ken Rose for coordinating the roll off delivery and pickup. Thanks to Rick and Mary Lou McManaman, Katie McManaman and Joe Hale for setting up lunch and doing the cooking. This year we had great representation from the Boulder Ranger District. Brian Rasmussen, Karen Talley, Ed Perault, Minh Thai, and Julie Stennes all attended the cleanup.

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