Lefthand Group shot
Trailridge Runners 4WD Club /
Northern Colorado Trail Riders
9th Annual Lefthand Canyon Cleanup
story and photos by Adam Mehlberg
[Note: Lefthand Canyon is north of Boulder, Colorado and west of Longmont, Colorado in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.]

The 2001 Lefthand Canyon Cleanup was a great success. Even with the four days of rain prior to the cleanup, we had over 100 people volunteer from eight different clubs. Northern Colorado Trail Riders, Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit, Trailridge Runners 4WD Club, Colorado Go-4's, Big Thompson 4 Wheelers, Hillbillies, Mile Hi Jeep Club, the Hobo Jeepers of Mile Hi Jeep Club, and members of the local shooting community.

Lefthand cleanup

This year we had two dumpsters, our normal donated one, and another purchased by the Boulder Ranger District. There was a large turn out early and the first shooting area was picked up quickly. Darrel had his Bobcat which worked great with Ray’s pickup dump bed for transferring the bags of trash to the dumpster.

By 11:00am we had the majority of the Lefthand area cleaned up. A few went up to the upper meadows, but with all the rain earlier, the going was sloppy. The hot dogs and hamburgers were cooked up and ready before noon. Everyone had their fill. During Lunch Martha Moran of the Boulder Ranger District thanked all of us volunteers for helping take care of our public lands. John Oppenlander of the Boulder Ranger District was also present and communicated with the volunteers during the project about safety concerns.

After lunch a group went up to the shooting area along County 94 beyond Lefthand and cleaned it up as well. By the end of the project both dumpsters were full.

Though the plan was to install the new “No Shooting” signs purchased by the Forest Service during the cleanup, the prior weather prevented the post installation. After the Cleanup the 3' x 4' steel plate signs were installed onto concrete filled 8" square steel tubing at the two shooting areas below the 4WD road, before the hairpin turn. Though the signs will be shot at, it will take some time to completely destroy these 1" thick plates. The Forest Service also plans to increase enforcement this summer of the No Shooting order placed on the area below the 4WD road.

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