- Session 1 Registration
September 4, 2016 - September 9, 2016
Sponsored by Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest
Sunday, September 4 – Friday, September 9
*Please arrive at the camp site at 6:00pm on Sunday, September 4th to meet the field staff and set up camp. Project work will begin at 8:00am on Monday, September 5th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Friday, September 9th.
Sunday, September 11 – Friday, September 16
*Please arrive at the camp site at 6:00pm on Sunday, September 11th to meet the field staff and set up camp. Project work will begin at 8:00am on Monday, September 12th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Friday, September 16th.
Sunday, September 18 – Friday, September 23
*Please arrive at the camp site at 6:00pm on Sunday, September 18th to meet the field staff and set up camp. Project work will begin at 8:00am on Monday, September 19th. The session will end at 1:00pm on Friday, September 23th.
Hahns Peak, known traditionally as Old Baldy, was named after Joseph Henn who discovered gold on the mountain in 1862. He died of starvation and exposure in 1867 after mining gold on the mountain. Constructed in 1912, the Hahn’s Peak Lookout Tower stands as a testament the early mission of the Forest Service to protect and conserve forest lands, requiring more than one ton of cement and building materials to be packed up to the 10,759 foot-high site! The foundation was constructed of broken rocks laid in cement, and the doors and windows were framed dimensional lumber. The original watchers, often teachers who spent their summers working in the tower, were supplied with a cook stove, a mine-set telephone, detailed maps and an Osborne Fire Finder, hauled to the site by packhorses. 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!
Scope of Work:
- Concrete parging
- Rehab floor/ceiling between stone base and wood cab
- Install windows and doors
- Install roofing membrane on catwalk
- Install exterior siding and trim on cab
- Apply finish to exterior wood surfaces
The Hahn’s Peak Fire Lookout Tower project is logistically and physically more demanding and complicated than most HistoriCorps projects. Project participants should be prepared to hike and work at a high altitude. Additionally, project participants need to be physically fit and steady-footed.
Hahns Peak is located in Routt National Forest one hour north of Steamboat Springs. Each day, volunteers can expect to hike a total of 2 hours for the project. Volunteer 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 2,000ft in elevation over the course of their hike to the summit each day.
Hahn’s Peak Fire Lookout Tower is located at: 40.842676, -106.929711.
The rustic campsite for the project is located at: 40.840136, -106.943972.
Accommodations, meals, attire and travel:
- 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 2,000ft 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.