The 2018 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.  Whether you are looking for a week-long 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 2018 Projects below or open map in a new window.  Signups for each project are further below.

 

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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 – Difficult: Hike medium to long distances from a trailhead – these are overnight backpacking trips. Support of an outfitter or pack assistance may/may not be available.

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 March-April


 

Project: South Fork Salmon Work Vacation

Description: This project is located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness along the South Fork of the Salmon River. Volunteers will jet boat from Vinegar Creek to Mackay Bar and hike 3 miles up to Station Creek to camp on Friday March 23. The project will entail rebuilding tread, moving rocks, brushing and logging out the South Fork of the Salmon River Trail #122. The crew will then jet boat back to vinegar creek on Sunday the 25th in the afternoon.

Location: central Idaho (map)

Date(s): March 30th-April 1st (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: PROJECT IS FULL

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 2-moderate

 


 May


 

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 2018 hiking season.

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): May 5th (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: 20 ( Spots remaining: 0 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 1-easy

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Project: Fox Creek Bridge Work Party

Description: The project will be moving the bridge from where it sits to its new abutments about 40 feet away using rigging techniques.

Location: central Idaho (map)

Date(s): TBD

Volunteer Limit: 10

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

Registration will open when a date is determined (depending upon conditions – snow melt)  Target is Aug. 5th.

 


 

Burnt Knob Lookout

 


  June


 

Project: Arling Trail Work Party

Description: Saturday morning, hike about 1 mile to the camp at the bridge for the night. Then start working the trail cutting logs from the trailhead along with brushing and cleaning waterbars. Sunday will be working the trail tread, improving the trail where the tread has become faint or non-existent. Pick up camp and hike back to the trailhead Sunday afternoon.

Location: central Idaho (map)

Date(s): June 2nd-3rd (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: PROJECT IS FULL

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

 


 

Project: Purjue Canyon Work Party (National Trails Day)

Description: Purjue Canyon, Little Jacks Creek Wilderness. National Trails Day project clearing and improving the Purjue Canyon trail. We will shuttle volunteers for a through hike of this spectacular canyon.

Location: southern Idaho (map)

Date(s): June 2nd (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: PROJECT IS FULL

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

 


 

Purjue Canyon

 


 

Project: Mickinnick Trail Work Party (National Trails Day)

Description: A 3.5-mile-long, locally built hiking trail that gains 2,200 feet to reach a beautiful viewpoint far above the City of Sandpoint. This sometimes-steep path is very popular with local and visiting hikers.  This project will be cutting out logs with crosscuts, cutting brush back from the trail, cleaning water bars and improving the trail tread.

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): June 2nd (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: 20 ( Spots remaining: 7 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

 


 

Project: Crew Leader College

Description: By invitation, 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.

Location: central Idaho (map)

Date(s): June 8th-10th (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: 10

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

 


 

Project: Crew Leader College

Description: By invitation, 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.

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): June 15th-17th

Volunteer Limit: 12

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

 


 

Crew Leader College

 


 

Project: Gospel Hump Monitoring I

Description: This project is gathering campsite and trail data in the Gospel Hump Wilderness Area. During this first project, the crew will hike in from the Moore’s Guard Station and collect data from the trails and lakes in this area. The objective of this project is collecting campsite data of all the campsites that are found in the area. Other portions of this project are collecting trail centerline data using applications on smartphones to ground truth the trail locations. This project entails a lot of hiking, and data collection. Volunteers will carry their own gear for the week and camp out at different locations every night.  Please email Clay@idahotrailsassociation.org if you are interested in this project.

Location: central Idaho (map)

Date(s): June 17th-23rd (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: PROJECT IS FULL

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3-difficult

 


 

 

Project: Gospel Hump Monitoring II

Description: This project the crew will start from the Sourdough Saddle and collect data from this side. The objective of this project is collecting campsite data of all the campsites that are found in the area. Other portions of this project are collecting trail centerline data using applications on smartphones to ground truth the trail locations. This project entails a lot of hiking, and data collection. Volunteers will carry their own gear for the week and camp out at different locations every night.  Please email Clay@idahotrailsassociation.org if you are interested in this project.

Location: central Idaho (map)

Date(s): June 24th-30th (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: PROJECT IS FULL

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3-difficult

 


 

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.

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): June 30th (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: 20 ( Spots remaining: 5 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

 


 July


 

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 (map)

Date(s): July 7th (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: 12 ( Spots remaining: 0 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

 


 

Hum Lake

 


 

Project: North Fork Lick Creek Trail Work Vacation

Description: Near 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 Secesh 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 (map)

Date(s): July 7th-10th (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: 6 ( Spots remaining: 0 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 3-difficult


 

 

Project: Alden Creek Work Party

Desription: Alden Creek Trail #52: a two day project near the upper North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. Clear 3 miles of trail that climbs to the ridge top. Camp at the cars on the river.

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): July 14th-15th (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: 12 ( Spots remaining: 1 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3-difficult


 

Project: Farley Lake Trail Work Vacation

Description:  The project consists of removing logs and cleaning water bars from the Edith Lake trail #040, from its junctions with trail #096 and #092.  Trail #092 from the pass above Imogene Lake to the pass above Toxaway Lake and Twin Lakes. Trail #096 from its junction with trail #092 at Toxaway Lake to the trailhead at Tin Cup.  This is one of our most popular trail projects, a very scenic area within the Sawtooth Wilderness area. (Packer, Cook, Kitchen, Food)

Location: central Idaho (map)

Date(s): July 15th-21st (COMPLETE)

Volunteer Limit: 10 ( Spots remaining: 1 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 3-difficult


 

 

Bacon!!

 


 

Project: Russell Ridge Work Vacation

Description: Russell Ridge Trail #92: a week-long project repairing a ridge top trail. Water, food, and camp gear will be packed in and a great cook will prepare all meals.  This project will entail digging tread, cleaning water bars and reconstructing a beautiful trail with spectacular views from your “office”. (Packer, Cook, Kitchen, Food)

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): July 22nd-28th

Volunteer Limit: 10 ( Spots remaining: 5 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 3-difficult

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Project: Seven Devils Loop Trail Work Vacation

Description: This is a backpacking trip deep into the Seven Devils Wilderness. The project is to work on the Seven Devils Loop Trail from Baldy Lake Trailhead to Horse Heaven Lookout. Camp will be at Baldy 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 (map)

Date(s): July 22nd-July 28th

Volunteer Limit: 6  ( Spots remaining: 0 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 3-difficult

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Project: Cooper Flat Work Vacation I

Description: Drive into Paradise on the upper Selway River from the West Fork Ranger Station off highway 93, west of Conner Montana on Saturday July 21st. We will camp for the night at the trailhead at Paradise. Sunday morning, we will pack up our gear for the mules to take in and we will hike the 9 miles into Cooper Flat cabin where we will set up camp for the week. Kitchen accommodations will be the Cooper Flat cabin, such a luxury! Camping will be around the cabin utilizing your backpacking tents. Meals will be provided. The work, clearing the Vance Point trail up to Vance Point. This will mostly be logging out with crosscuts and silky saws and cleaning water bars. Expect to hike uphill every morning to the work site, each day the hike will get longer as we work our way to the top, which is approximately 3 miles to Vance Point. We will hike out Saturday morning July 28th. (Packer, Cook, Kitchen, Food)

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): July 22nd-28th

Volunteer Limit: 10 ( Spots remaining: 4 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 3-difficult

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Toxaway Loop

 


July-August


 

Project: Cooper Flat Work Vacation II

Description: Drive to Paradise, the setup will be the same as the week before. The work will be clearing the Cooper Point Trail #23 as far as we can get. Logging out with crosscuts, silkys and cleaning water bars. This trail is moderately steep, 3000-foot elevation gain over 3 miles, so expect uphill hiking every day and good fun work along the way. This trail continues into Montana and we will clear as far as we can during the 5 days. We will pack up our gear and hike out on Saturday August 4. (Packer, Cook, Kitchen, Food)

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): July 29th-August 4th

Volunteer Limit: 10 ( Spots remaining: 5 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 3-difficult

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Project: Harrison Lake Work Party

Description: Harrison Lake Trail #217: a popular 2.3 mile trail to a beautiful alpine lake. We’ll clear alder, improve drainage, and repair tread.

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): August 4th

Volunteer Limit: 20 ( Spots remaining: 11 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

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Project: Little Wood River Work Vacation

Description: Hike into the Little Wood River Drainage from the Mormon Hill Trailhead outside of Carey Idaho. The camp will be at the Trailhead so bring your big tents and campers! This is a partnership with the Little Wood River Outfitter, providing meals and camp for the volunteers. Work on Trail #178 consists of logging out downfall, brushing, and tread repair of the Kale Creek trail. Great views of the back of the Pioneer Mountains, wildlife and rivers. This is a strenuous trip. (Cook, Kitchen, Food)

Location: central Idaho

Date(s): August 5th-11th (map)

Volunteer Limit: 10 ( Spots remaining: 7 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 3-difficult

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Horse String

 


 

Project: Emerald Lake Bridge Repair Work Vacation

Description: A weekend 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 on Friday and set up camp. Work will be Saturday and Sunday hiking out Sunday afternoon and consist of rebuilding a puncheon one mile from Emerald Lake. 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 (map)

Date(s): August 17th-19th

Volunteer Limit: 4 ( Spots remaining: 0 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 3-difficult

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Project: White Clouds Wilderness Work Vacation

Description: Spend the week at Baker Lake working on Trails #083 and #047 logging out, rebuilding tread and improving the trails. There will be 2 days of Stewardship work in the Boulder Chain Lakes and Castle Lake area. This is a pack supported trip with a base camp at Baker Lake. (Packer, Cook, Kitchen, Food)

Location: central Idaho (map)

Date(s): August 12th-18th

Volunteer Limit: PROJECT IS FULL

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3-difficult

 


 

Project: Upper Priest River Trail Work Vacation

Description: Priest River Trail #308: a week long project repairing tread, cutting brush, and repairing trail tread at the northern end of the Idaho Centennial Trail. We’ll pack in our own food and camp gear.

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): August 19th-25th

Volunteer Limit: 10 ( Spots remaining: 8 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 3-difficult

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September


 

Seven Devils


 

Project: Upper St. Joe River Work Vacation

Description: Upper St. Joe River Trail #48: a week long project on the beautiful and remote Upper St. Joe. Food and gear will be packed in and a cook will feed us. We’ll cut logs, clear brush and repair tread. Great swimming and fishing after work! (Packer, Cook, Kitchen, Food)

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): September 1st-8th

Volunteer Limit: 10 ( Spots remaining: 0 )

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes/$50

Difficulty: 2-moderate

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Project: Boulder Meadows Trail Work Party

Description: Our second project on this popular trail that provides access to beautiful alpine country high in the Cabinet Mountains in the Bonners Ferry Ranger District.

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): September 8th

Volunteer Limit: 16 ( Spots remaining: 8 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

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Project: Kootenai River Walk Trail Work Party (National Public Lands Day)

Description: Kootenai River Walk Trail #184: To celebrate National Public Lands Day, we’ll work on this scenic trail that follows above the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry. We’ll cut logs and brush and do tread repair.

Location: northern Idaho (map)

Date(s): September 9th

Volunteer Limit: 16 ( Spots remaining: 10 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 1-easy

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Project: (NEW!) Gospel Hump Monitoring Project 3

Description: This 50 mile guided backpacking trip will take you through the remote reaches of one of Idaho’s least visited wilderness areas. Volunteers will be ground-proofing trails and monitoring recreation impacts using smart phone apps (No extra tools necessary!). Idaho Trails Association will reimburse volunteers for all food purchased for the trip. The hiking can be strenuous with variable trail conditions. Volunteers will be hiking 8-12 miles per day.
Have questions? Feel free to email Clay (clay@idahotrailsassociation.org).

Location: Central Idaho (Near Riggins)

Date(s): September 16th-22th

Volunteer Limit: 6 ( Spots remaining: 4 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3-difficult

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Project: Arling Trail Fall 2018 Women’s Only Weekend

Description: Hey ladies! Whether you’ve never worked a trail before or consider yourself an old hand, please join us for our SECOND ladies-only trail maintenance weekend. Spend two days working the Arling Trail #116 near Lake Cascade where we will work together to continue clearing the trail of downed trees and overgrown brush. If you’ve never performed trail maintenance before, crew leaders will teach you how to use traditional trail maintenance tools like a crosscut or a Pulaski. Camping/lodging is yet to be determine*. Volunteers will be responsible for bringing their own food. (*Note: if you have a cabin/property in the area and would be willing to allow the group to camp, please make a note of it when you register for the project).
Have questions? Feel free to email Pam (bondpam2@isu.edu).

Location: central Idaho (map)

Date(s): September 22nd-23rd

Volunteer Limit: 20 ( Spots remaining: 0 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

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Project: (NEW!) Middle Fork of the Payette Trail Project

Description: Join us for one last hurrah on this remote and wild section of the Boise National Forest along the Middle Fork of the Payette River. We will car camp at the Boiling Springs Campground so bring your most luxurious camp set-ups. ITA will provide dinner Friday through lunch on Sunday. Lots of hotsprings around so bring your suit!
Have questions? Feel free to email Clay (clay@idahotrailsassociation.org).

Location: South-central Idaho (1 hour North of Garden Valley)

Date(s): September 28th-30th

Volunteer Limit: 10 ( Spots remaining: 0 )

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2-moderate

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