The 2017 season is your chance to join us for a trail work project and to give back to the Idaho trails that we all enjoy. Since 2010, we have been outfitting crews of volunteers to tackle the backlog of trail maintenance, preserving our trails for the next generation. Idaho’s backcountry is what makes this such a great state to live and play. By signing up for a project with the Idaho Trails Association, you will let your actions speak in support of non-motorized trails, access to public lands, and your love for Idaho’s outdoors.

Many of these projects have gone on for several consecutive years, allowing us to make a real impact on some of Idaho’s favorite hiking destinations. This year we are happy to announce new projects in the Seven Devils and Gospel Hump Wilderness Areas (not yet posted – specifics under discussion). Whether you are looking for a weeklong work vacation or a weekend crash course in trail maintenance skills, you are sure to find a project that is right for you

An interactive map of the Idaho Trails Association 2017 Projects:

 

 

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Project rating scale:

1 – Easy:  Trail work is performed near or a short distance from a trailhead.  Work is typically performed with a larger group.  Minimal gear may be carried.

2 – Moderate:  Day trip trail work is performed a small to medium distance from a trailhead.  Volunteers (up to a dozen) will carry a daypack and tools.

3 – Strenuous:  Hike medium to long distances from a trailhead – these are overnight backpacking trips usually with the support of an outfitter or pack assistance.

4 – Hard:  Backpack medium to long distances from a trailhead – terrain may be steep.  Volunteers will carry all overnight gear and tools.

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Please choose a project below and click the ‘Register Now’ button.  Project full?  Volunteers may signup here to be added to our project notification list to receive emails about newly added projects and/or opening(s) due to a cancellation.

 


Project: Spokane Outdoor Expo

Description: Come visit our exhibit at the Spokane Outdoor Expo and learn about the Idaho Trails Association.  For more information, please visit: http://www.spokaneoutdoorexpo.com/

Location: Spokane, Washington

Dates: February 18th-19th

Registration not required


Project: English Point Trail Work Party

Description: English Point Trail #80: a lower elevation trail system that includes easy loops thru forest terrain on the west side of Hayden Lake. We will be doing maintenance work to help open this popular 6 mile long trail system early in the 2017 hiking season. Difficulty rating #1. Coordinates for the trail head are 47 47.253’N, 116 42.642’W.

Location: N. Idaho / Coeur D’Alene

Date(s): April 22nd (This project date has been changed from April 1st to 22nd due to snow/flooding)

Volunteer Limit: 20   (status as of 4/14-  14 spots filled)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)

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Project: Mickinnick Trail Work Party

Description: A 3.5 mile long, locally built hiking trail that gains 2,200’ to reach a beautiful viewpoint far above the City of Sandpoint. This sometimes steep path is very popular with local and visiting hikers. Difficulty #2. Coordinates are 48 18.716’N, 116 34.077’W.

 Location: N. Idaho / Sandpoint

Date(s): May 20th

Volunteer Limit: 12 (status as of 4/14 -  5 spots filled)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3 (Strenuous)

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Project: Crew Leader College (National Trails Day)

Description: Three days of training and practice in use of cross cut saws and other tools to safely clear and repair hiking trails. After a day of “classroom” training, participants will practice on local hiking trails that are badly in need of work.

Location: N. Idaho / Sandpoint

Date(s): June 2nd – June 4th

Volunteer Limit: 12 (status as of 4/14 -  10 spots filled)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)

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Project: National Trails Day (Owyhee Canyonlands)

Description: We will spend the day working in the Purjue Canyon Trail and trailhead by the Poison Creek day use area in the Owyhees.  Work will consist of brushing and digging tread to complete this trail in the canyon.  Bring sturdy boots and your daypack!

Location: SW Idaho / Bruneau

Date(s): June 3rd

Volunteer Limit: No limit  (29 have signed up as of 4/14)

Fee to Hold Spot: None

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)

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Project: Crew Leader College

Description: Classroom session combined with field day(s) geared towards getting crew leaders up to speed on trail specification and crosscut saw certifications.  Participants have the option of camping onsite on Friday / Saturday night.  This project was so popular last year – now 3 weekends are available rather than one.

Location: Central Idaho / McCall

Date(s): June 9th – 11th

Volunteer Limit: 12 (status as of 4/14 -  9 spots filled)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)

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Project: Crew Training (SNRA/Sawtooth Society)

Description: Classroom session combined with field day(s) geared towards getting crew leaders up to speed on trail specification and crosscut saw certifications.  This project was so popular last year – now 3 weekends are available rather than one.

Location: Central Idaho / Stanley

Date(s): June 16-18

Volunteer Limit: 12 (FULL – please signup here to be notified of a cancellation)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)

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Project: Chimney Rock Trail Work Party

Description: Chimney Rock Trail #256: a beautiful 6 mile hiking trail that leads from the upper Pack River to the foot of iconic Chimney Rock on the crest of the Selkirk Mountains. This project will involve clearing lots of Alder brush from the old trail. Difficulty #2. Coordinates are 48 37.485’N, 116 37.633’W.

Location: N. Idaho / Sandpoint

Date(s): June 17th

Volunteer Limit: 12 (FULL – please signup here to be notified of a cancellation)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)

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Project: Sheep Creek Trail Work Vacation (Seven Devils Wilderness)

Description: This is a pack supported backpacking trip deep into the Seven Devils Wilderness. The project is to work on the Sheep Creek Trail from the Windy Saddle Trailhead to Sheep Lake. Camp will be at Shelf Lake. The work entails logging out trees, removing rocks along talus slopes and cleaning waterbars. This is a spectacular area with great views of the Seven Devils and Hells Canyon.

Location: Central Idaho / Riggins

Date(s): June 25th – July 1st

Volunteer Limit:(FULL – please signup here to be notified of a cancellation)

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 3 (Strenuous)

 


 

 


Project: Hum Lake Trail Work Party

Description: This is a one day work party clearing the trail from Duck Lake to Hum Lake.  This is mostly crosscut saw work with some waterbar cleaning and brushing.  The trail goes over a high elevation pass and drops down to Hum Lake.  Amazing views and fun work!

Location: Central Idaho / McCall

Date(s):  July 1st

Volunteer Limit: 12 (FULL – please signup here to be notified of a cancellation)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)


Project: North Fork Lick Creek Trail Work Vacation

Description: Based out of McCall, the North Fork of Lick Creek Trail has not been cleared in several years. Backpack into the North Fork of Lick Creek from the Split Creek Trailhead on the Secech River. The project is logging out the trail deep in the North Fork drainage. This is a very remote area with spectacular views and lots of wildlife. Everything will be backpacked in by the crew.

Location: Central Idaho / McCall

Date(s): July 8th – 11th

Volunteer Limit:  6 (FULL – please signup here to be notified of a cancellation)

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 3 (Strenuous)


Project: Poet Creek Work Vacation

Description:  The ITA will be working in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness off the Magruder Road based out of the Poet Creek Campground. The crew will base camp at Poet Creek campground and work on the Trail 581 – Hot Springs Creek Trail, Trail 539 – Three Prong Trail. Most of the work is logging out with crosscut saws while maintaining a primitive trail corridor. This is a section of the Nez Perce Trail and the Idaho Centennial trail.  Meals will be provided.

Location: Central Idaho, Grangeville

Date(s): July 9th-15th

Volunteer Limit:  12 (FULL – please signup here to be notified of a cancellation)

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 3 (Strenuous)


 

 


Project: Divide Lake Work Vacation

Description:  The ITA will be working with a US Forest Service crew in a large roadless area in northern Idaho’s Cabinet Mountains. This will be our first week long project in the north end of the state. The Forest Service will provide all tools, food and a cook. We’ll pack in our own camping gear and stay in a high camp near Divide Lake. Work will include re-building trail tread, moving rock, and similar activities, mostly on Trail #176. This is a beautiful alpine area with a good chance to see wolves and elk.

Location: N. Idaho, Bonners Ferry

Date(s): July 23rd-28th

Volunteer Limit: 6

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 3 (Strenuous)

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Project: Pulaski Trail Work Party

Description: Pulaski Tunnel Interpretive Trail: this popular hiking trail leads to the tunnel where Ranger Ed Pulaski and his crew found shelter as the 1910 forest fire that burned much of northern Idaho came right over them. The trail starts just south of the historic town of Wallace, ID. Difficulty #1. Coordinates are 47 27.828’N, 115 56.186’W

Location: N.Idaho / Wallace

Date(s): July 29th

Volunteer Limit: 12 (status as of 4/14-  4 spots filled)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)

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Project: Toxaway Lake Trail Work Vacation

Description: A week in the Sawtooth Wilderness base camping at Farley Lake and working on the Toxaway Lake trail.  The work includes improving the trail tread and rehabilitating the user made trails from Farley Lake to Tin Cup trailhead.  This is a pack supported trip.

Location: Central Idaho / Stanley

Date(s): July 16th-22nd

Volunteer Limit: 9 (FULL – please signup here to be notified of a cancellation)

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 3 (Strenuous)

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Project: White Clouds Wilderness Work Vacation

Description: Spend the week at Walker Lake working on trail 601 and 680 logging out, rebuilding tread and improving the trail.  There will be 2 days of Stewardship work in the Big Boulder Lakes and Sheep lakes area.  This is a pack supported trip with a base camp at Walker Lake.

Location: Central Idaho / Stanley

Date(s): July 30th – August 5th

Volunteer Limit: (FULL – please signup here to be notified of a cancellation)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3 (Strenuous)

 


Project: Little Wood River Work Vacation

Description: Hike into the Little Wood River Drainage from Starhope campground in Copper Basin. This is a 9 mile hike down Pot Creek to the Little Wood River Outfitters Base camp along the Little Wood River. This is a partnership with the Little Wood River Outfitters; they will be packing the gear, providing meals and camp for the volunteers. Work consists of logging out downfall, brushing, and tread repair of the trails in the area. Great views of the “back” of the Pioneer Mountains, wildlife and rivers. This is a strenuous trip.

Location: Central Idaho / Sun Valley

Date(s): August 6th-12th

Volunteer Limit: 9 (FULL – please signup here to be notified of a cancellation)

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 3 (Strenuous)

 

 


 

 


Project: Emerald Lake Trail Work Vacation

Description: A week in the southern end of the amazing Seven Devils Wilderness area! We will backpack the 4 miles into Emerald Lake from the Black Lake Trailhead and set up camp. Work will consist mostly of logging out along with some brushing and dirt work. This is a beautiful area with amazing scenery and wildlife. It is a moderate hike to the lake and a long drive from town.

Location: Central Idaho / Riggins

Date(s): August 27th -September 2nd

Volunteer Limit: 6

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes (status as of 4/14 -  3 spots filled)

Difficulty: 3 (Strenuous)

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Project: Moose Lake Trail Work Party

Description: Moose Lake Trail #237 – after the Forest Service installs a new bridge over a creek that crosses the popular Moose Lake trail, ITA volunteers will install kick rails and finish approach work on the bridge. Coordinates are 48 21.928’N, 116 07.993’W.

Location: N. Idaho / Sandpoint

Date(s): September 9th and 10

Volunteer Limit: 12 (status as of 4/14 –  2 spots filled)

Fee to Hold Spot: None

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)

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Project: Boulder Meadows Trail Work Party

Description: ITA’s second year on this popular trail that provides access to beautiful alpine country high in the Cabinet Mountains in the Bonners Ferry Ranger District. Difficulty #2. Coordinates are 48 33.305’N, 116 13.806’W

Location: N. Idaho / Sandpoint

Date(s): September 16th

Volunteer Limit: 12 (status as of 4/14 -  3 spots filled)

Fee to Hold Spot: None

Difficulty: 2 (Moderate)

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Project: National Public Lands Day

Description: Mark your calendar – details to follow.

Location: SW Idaho / Bruneau

Date(s): September 27th

Volunteer Limit: No limit (8 have signed up as of 4/14)

Fee to Hold Spot: None

Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

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