Adopt A Trail Program Managers

Clayton Burns, Eagle County Adopt a Trail Ranger:

Clayton is on his first season on the Eagle-Holy Cross District on the White River National Forest and on his third season with the Forest Service.  While becoming an Eagle Scout, a passion for outdoor recreation sparked him. That passion led him to Humboldt State University, CA to receive a degree in Recreation Administration so others could enjoy the public lands as much as he does.  Clayton likes to ski during the winters and has worked at Copper Mountain the past 3 winters.  This summer he hopes to spend more time learning how to whitewater kayak and bikepack.  He is very excited to be in Colorado for this summer and can’t wait to take advantage of all of the opportunities that the area holds!

Michelle Wolffe, Adopt a Trail Coordinator:

Michelle has been living in Eagle County for 20 years and calls this her dream job.   She thrives on all the outdoor pleasures provided by living in Eagle County including hiking, mountain & road biking, skiing, snowboarding, skinning, and anything involving the trails.  Outside of coordinating this program, she works as an X-ray and MRI technologist with a few companies including Vail Summit Orthopaedics in Frisco, Edwards and Vail, as well as Health Images in Denver.  She is proud to say that she was the first registered MRI technologist in the Vail Valley, but now she feels her biggest accomplishment was getting this program up and running 4 years ago. “We have come so far in such a short amount of time.  It is thrilling to be a part of something so strongly supported in Eagle County!” She became involved with VVMTA in 2012 when she saw them working on the trails in the West Avon Preserve. Michelle said, “I was so excited to see these amazing trails literally being created in my backyard, that I knew I had to get involved.”  After serving on VVMTA’s board of directors, she was invited to instigate the Adopt a Trail program in 2016.  Michelle concluded, “I really enjoy being involved with the strong working relationship between VVMTA and the USFS.  I also love having the opportunity to work with such a wide variety of dedicated, enthusiastic people in our community. Giving them the opportunity to become stewards to our local trails and seeing the amazing results has been priceless!”


Ernest Saeger, Executive Director:

Ernest came to the Vail Valley in 2014 to work on events such as the GoPro Mountain Games and the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships. Prior to that he ran so many events all over the country that he can’t even remember them all. Luckily one of those events landed him in West Virginia and North Carolina where he learned to mountain bike and quickly fell in love with trails,  mountains, and outdoor recreation. He currently resides in Eagle girlfriend and adventure partner Hailee.  Ernest believes that like the reward of a downhill after a long climb or setting a skin track, trail work provides that same “earn your turns” satisfaction. When you can’t find him on a bike or skis, you’ll most likely still find him in the outdoors.  He is a Wilderness First Responder and a member of Vail Mountain Rescue Group.  Ernest is truly excited to help bring new and improved trails to our community for all to enjoy for many years to come.