VOLUNTEER with HISTORICORPS on the fourth season of restoration at Hahns Peak Fire Lookout Tower!
PROJECT SPONSOR: Routt National Forest
PROJECT SITE DESCRIPTION:
Hahn’s Peak, known traditionally as Old Baldy, was named after Joseph Hahn who discovered and mined gold on the mountain in 1862. Though Hahn died of starvation and exposure on this site in 1867, the Forest Service could not let such a good viewpoint go to waste. In 1912, the Hahns Peak Lookout Tower was constructed. It’s not easy to find building materials and concrete at 10,792 feet, though—over 2,000 pounds of materials had to be packed up to the build site! In that day and age, teachers were often the ones who spent their summers as watchers in the tower. They were supplied with only a cook stove, a mine-set telephone, detailed maps and an Osborne Fire Finder. Join HistoriCorps for a challenging, high altitude adventure this summer as we return to this fascinating project site!
Hahns Peak is one of Colorado’s Endangered Places, a program of Colorado Preservation Inc. Watch a video about the fire lookout on their YouTube channel!
WHO: All are welcome, no experience needed.
Challenge Level: HIGH. Because of its high altitude wilderness location and challenging terrain, this project is recommended for volunteers with a high level of physical fitness. Volunteers will hike for two hours per day, with 4,000 feet in elevation change. Volunteers will hike 1 hour and 10 minutes from the campsite to the project site and 50 minutes back down from the project site to the campsite. Program participants will go up roughly 2,000 feet in elevation over the course of their hike to the summit each day, and will go down that 2,000 feet when they return to camp.
Volunteers age 14-17 must have a parent or guardian with them on the project.
WHAT: HistoriCorps will be returning for a fourth season to Hahns Peak. Work will continue to stabilize and restore the structure. Volunteers will learn to:
- Secure the longevity of the structure's concrete through parging
- Plaster the cabin’s interior
- Rehabilitate and stabilize stairs
- Add a concrete step on the stairway's landing
- Apply finish to exterior wood surfaces and paint the cabin's windows
- Install a durable walking surface
- Mitigate erosion near the building's foundation
WHERE: Hahns Peak is located in Routt National Forest one hour north of Steamboat Springs. Hahns Peak Fire Lookout Tower is located at: 40.842676, -106.929711. The rustic campsite for the project is located at: 40.840136, -106.943972.
- HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with a rustic campsite.
- The campsite is NOT equipped with cell phone service, electricity, running water or shower facilities. Portable toilets and drinkable water will be provided by HistoriCorps at the campsite.
- Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project. The final road leading to the campsite is only accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicles. If you DO NOT have a 4-wheel drive vehicle, HistoriCorps staff will arrange for you to park your car down the road and be able to pick you up from that location.
- The site is not RV accessible, tent camping only.
- Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
- HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
- Each morning, volunteers will hike 1 hour and 10 minutes to the project, starting at 6:30am/7:00am. Program participants will go up roughly 2,000 ft in elevation over the course of their hike to the summit each day. The work day will last from 8:00am – 4:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between. The hike back to camp will begin at 4:00pm, at the end of the project, and take roughly 50 minutes.Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.
- Session 1
July 11, 2017 - July 16, 2017
- HistoriCorps Institute Student: Session 1
July 11, 2017 - July 16, 2017