Help complete the Ouray Perimeter Trail

Make a donation, receive a free book

Book signing at the Ouray Visitor Center on
Saturday, July 19, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The most popular trail in the Ouray region is only 75 percent complete, but plans are underway to complete the unique loop route. Local authors Charlie and Diane Winger, volunteers with the Ouray Trail Group, hope to help the fundraising effort to make the finished trail a reality.

In 2006 the Ouray Trail Group began construction of a new trail that, when complete, will circle Ouray following cliff bands, scree slopes, and forested areas, but be accessible to hikers of nearly all ages and abilities. The finished trail will access four waterfalls, cross six drainages and offer unmatched perspectives of the surrounding mountains. The partially-completed loop trail attracted some 40,000 hikers last year, making it the most popular trail in the region.

Completing the next section of the trail will require constructing a bridge on the steep Oak Creek Canyon on Ouray’s west side and will entail costs well beyond the non-profit group’s usual map and book sale receipts. As part of the effort to raise $50,000 to cover the costs of extending the trail, the Wingers are donating books as incentives for donations to the 501(c)(3) organization.

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, the Wingers will be on hand at the Ouray Visitor Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to autograph books. Visitors who donate $15 or more toward the Perimeter Trail project will receive a gift of one book of their choice by the authors. A donation of $40 or more qualifies the donor to receive a gift of any three books (mix or match the titles). All proceeds go to the Ouray Trail Group to be applied to this trail project.

The titles available are: Two Shadows – the inspirational story of one man’s triumph over adversity (memoir by Charlie Winger); Faces (novel by Diane Winger); Rockfall (novel by Diane Winger); and Duplicity (novel by Diane Winger). The novels are suspense/adventure stories set in Colorado and include outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, and backcountry skiing; Charlie Winger’s memoir features over thirty-five years of his mountaineering adventures and his unlikely and remarkable early background. The Wingers are also co-authors of several outdoor recreational guidebooks.

“The Perimeter Trail is my personal favorite in the area. I’d love to see it completed and hope we can do our part to help make that happen,” Diane Winger explained. Charlie Winger, who spends countless volunteer hours each summer helping to preserve and maintain over 80 trails within the Ouray Trail Group’s area,  concurred. “We get so much enjoyment from the trails and our mountain environment. This is a way of giving back.”

Click here for more details about the Perimeter Trail project.

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