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Mattingly Creek Trail Work Vacation (Full)

Mattingly Creek Weeklong in the Sawtooth Wilderness!!

Project Description

Sunday, July 24th – Saturday, July 30th.

Maximum number of volunteers 5

This is a strenuous week long work party that will be backpacking from the Alturas Lake Trailhead to the city of Atlanta!  This work party will carry all of their food, gear and tools along the Mattingly Creek trail #034 and maintain the trail along the way.  Primitive camping, wilderness, scenery, and good work will be the highlights of this trip!  There is only room for 5 volunteers so sign up early for this special trip! 

The work party will meet Sunday evening at Alturas Lake to camp before leaving Monday morning for Mattingly Creek trail.  Hiking while clearing and improving the trail will give you a chance to seek out remote campsites and get a real Wilderness experience.  Shuttle back to Alturas Lake from Atlanta will be Saturday morning July 30th.

This trip is generously sponsored by The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance!

Please review our Volunteer Manual. If you have any questions please email them to info@idahotrailsassociation.org.

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This Trail Work Vacation is full, to be put on a wait list please email intern@idahotrailsassociation.org.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us & we  hope you will sign up for one of our other great projects! 

Alice-Toxaway Trail Work Vacation (Full, wait List available)

 
  • Where: Sawtooth National Recreation Area
  • When: Sunday-Saturday, July 17th-23rd.
  • Elevation: 7,000′-9,280′ range
  • Location: Tin Cup Trailhead
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
  • Accepting: 8 volunteers

Project Description

Alice-Toxaway July, 17th-23rd

Spend seven days in the beautiful Sawtooth Wilderness working on the Alice-Toxaway trail nestled amongst the 10,000 foot peaks of the Sawtooth Range.  Your gear will be packed into a base camp by Mule train.  We will meet at the Tin Cup Trailhead at Pettit Lake on Sunday July 17th to hike into camp at Toxaway Lake.  We will hike in on Sunday July 17 to our base camp at Toxaway Lake.  Monday we will start working on the trails around Toxaway Lake and to the trailhead at Tin Cup.  We will teach you how to clean waterbars, how to cut logs from the trail with Crosscut saws, cut brush back and how to rebuild trail tread. We will also be working on removing rocks and repairing rocky sections of the trail and creek crossings.  Meals will be provided and cooked by ITA Chefs. 

Maximum number of volunteers 8.

This is one of the most scenic trail projects in the nation, sign up early as only eight spaces are available!

Please review our Volunteer Manual. If you have any questions please email them to info@idahotrailsassociation.org.

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Please fill out the form below if you are interested in participating on this project.

Because this is a week long supported project, ITA requires a $50 per person refundable deposit to secure your spot. This will help us ensure that everyone who registers is well-intentioned and we will not have to bear the costs of last-minute cancellations. By submitting this registration, you agree to donate the deposit if you cancel with less than 2 weeks notice.

After completing the sign-up information on this page,  you will be redirected to a secure site to make your deposit with PayPal or Credit Card. An ITA representative will get back to you with more information.

This Trail Work Vacation is full, to be put on a wait list please email intern@idahotrailsassociation.org.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us & we  hope you will sign up for one of our other great projects! 

Ants Basin Trail Work Vacation (Full)

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Ants Basin, August 7th-13th

Ants Basin.  Seven days in the White Clouds Wilderness! We will hike into the base camp in the upper meadows of Warm Springs Creek on Sunday August 7th.  This project is focusing on the trails in Ants Basin/Born Lakes and Warm Springs Creek.  We will be camping at the upper meadows in Warm Springs Creek and doing day hikes to improve the trails in the area.  Meals are provided and cooked by ITA volunteer chefs.  This project is currently full.

If you have questions please contact info@idahotrailsassociation.org.

This Trail Work Vacation is full.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us & we  hope you will sign up for one of our other great projects!

Photos Courtesy of Peter Lovera.

 

Hum Lake Trail Work Party – July 2nd (Full, wait list available)

Projects details:

July 2nd, 2016 Hum Lake Trail, Payette National Forest, McCall, Idaho

Work details: Join us for a day high in mountains above McCall clearing the trail between Duck and Hum Lakes.  We will meet at the Duck Lake Trailhead at Lick Creek Summit at 9am Saturday, July 2nd.  We will hike up to Hum Lake junction and start clearing the trail to Hum Lake with crosscut saws.  Our goal is to make it the 2 miles over the pass and down to Hum Lake.  This is a strenuous hike at high elevation, but well worth the effort!  Snacks and drinks will be provided at the end of the work day, but be sure to bring a daypack, jacket, gloves and your lunch and water!

Let’s have fun and be safe.  This project is difficult physically as we will be at higher elevation and climbing over a high pass in the time we will be working (9am-3pm) and the hiking distance (6 miles round trip) involved.

Volunteers needed: 10 volunteers. If your plans change and you cannot make it. Please notify us & attempt to fill the project with another volunteer.

When/Where: We will meet at the Duck Lake Trailhead at Lick Creek Summit at 9am.  We will have our safety meeting, sign in and then head up the trail.  We should be back to the trailhead by 4pm.

 What to bring: All volunteers should bring their own small pack with lunch, snacks, sunscreen, and water.  Volunteers should have hiking boots, leather work gloves, and eye protection (sunglasses or safety glasses).  ITA will provide the crosscut saws for the project.

This Trail Work Vacation is full, to be put on a wait list please email intern@idahotrailsassociation.org.  Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us & we  hope you will sign up for one of our other great projects!

 

A WEEK IN THE WHITE CLOUD WILDERNESS

Peter Lovera the Idaho Conservation Leagues’s 2015 Artist in Residence elegantly captured the 2015 Livingston Mill/Castle Divide  trail work vacation that he volunteered on! His words and photos capture how a week of stewardship in Idaho’s wilderness can change you and connect you to the wild.

Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

Please read his blog here: A WEEK IN THE WHITE CLOUD WILDERNESS.

We extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers for there hard work and the Idaho Conservation league for sponsoring this trail work vacation!

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Volunteer Appreciation Party!


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Join us for our Volunteer Appreciation Party on Saturday April 18th, 2015, to say thanks to all of our amazing Volunteers, Land Managers and sponsors who work so hard to make the Idaho Trails Association a success!

Where: Older Timer’s Shelter at Ann Morrison park in Boise, Idaho!

When: Saturday April 18th from 5:00 to 8:30!

We will have food from In the Wild Chef and beer from Sockeye brewery. We will give a debrief on last year’s accomplishments and a review of all the exciting projects and new things going on this year! We have great raffle prizes ranging from a half day raft trip on the Payette river from Cascade Raft & Kayak, a starter climbing pass for two from Urban Ascent, Rideout  technology Firefly bike grips, REI backpacks, a Jansport Heritage Telluride Backpack, prizes from Cascade Outfitters, Shu’s Idaho Running company, and many more great prizes. We will have an original one of a kind Canvas print by Ed Cannady on Auction….don’t miss out on this rare opportunity! All proceeds will go to help us maintain Idaho’s hiking trails!

Come and see old friends and meet new ones!  You don’t need to have participated in a work party in the past, just come and enjoy the camaraderie!

 

2014 Project Accomplishments and Summary for the Idaho Trails Association

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Idaho Trails Association promotes the continued enjoyment of Idaho’s hiking trails.

The Idaho Trails Association (ITA) is a non-profit organization.

ITA’s Purpose:

To facilitate the active enjoyment of Idaho’s public lands and hiking trails, the Idaho Trails Association brings together citizens and develops partnerships to foster:

  • Care-taking of Idaho’s hiking trails through stewardship projects, including trail construction and maintenance.
  • Development of traditional trails maintenance skills.
  • Understanding and appreciation, through education of Idaho’s unique trail resources.
  • Preservation, protection and access to Idaho’s hiking trails through outreach and advocacy.

In 2014 Idaho Trails Association completed seven projects on the National Forest and BLM system lands in Idaho.  Our Agency sponsors were the Boise BLM-Bruneau Field Office, Payette, Boise, Sawtooth and Panhandle National Forests.  Four of these projects were within designated Wilderness, and involved both trail work and stewardship activities and three were on high use non-motorized trails.

The projects ranged from five volunteers in more remote and logistically challenging areas to fifty volunteers on the work days that were closer to large population bases.

  • Number of volunteers- 139
  • Volunteer field hours- 1,660
  • Monetary value- $36,520
  • Miles of trail cleared-40.5
  • Miles of trail reconstructed-4
  • Miles of new construction-2
  • Logs cut from trail- 125
  • Water bars cleaned- 350
  • Puncheon constructed- 18 feet
  • Bridge construction- 1 @18 feet
  • Fence Removal- 1.6 miles
  • Human Waste Removal- “Piles”                                                                                            
  • Wilderness Campsite Naturalization-11

 Project Highlights:  

 The Panhandle NF provided the Grouse Mountain Trail project where the ITA crew constructed an eighteen foot long bridge, three hundred feet of newly constructed trail for the bridge approaches, eighteen feet of puncheon and removal of four large boulders from the trail tread. This project was funded through REI and ITA fund raising activities and membership.

The Sawtooth NF, Alice-Toxaway project was a highlight of the season.  Six ITA volunteers spent five days in the Sawtooth Wilderness clearing over thirty miles of trail on one of the most popular loops in the Wilderness.  The ITA crew also worked on cleaning camps and naturalizing overused sites. This week long session was funded through a grant from the Sawtooth Society.

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The Boise BLM Bruneau Field Office has been a great partner to work with in the Owyhee Canyonlands and Wilderness areas.  They have provided early and late season opportunities for volunteers to get out and help. We have removed wire fence, decommissioned roads and built new trail along with reconstructing existing trails in amazing country is always a big draw for volunteers.  Roberson Trail in the Owyhee Wilderness has become an annual event on National Trails Day for ITA.  This project brings in large numbers of volunteers who work at multiple projects to help with the stewardship of this area.  This Owyhee project was been funded through grants from REI.

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 Roberson Trail Owyhee Wilderness          Photos courtesy of Bryan Dufosse                     

 

 The Hum Lake Trail on the Payette NF was the inaugural ITA project in 2010.  We continued to work on this trail as an overnight project working to help reopen the North Fork of Lick Creek trail.  We have added day work parties to this trail as it has become a very popular volunteer opportunity.  This project is funded by REI and the USFS and volunteer pack support from BD Recreation Consultants.

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The National Public Lands Day brought out over 50 volunteers to do stewardship work in and outside the Owyhee Wilderness.  During this project in the Owyhee Canyonlands the skills of future trail bosses were discovered.  This young man was part of a “Toddler Brigade” who helped remove baseball sized rocks from the trail tread.  He and 6 other youth were supervised by two parents who instructed the brigade in how to remove rocks without hurting or throwing them at anyone.  The brigade was a success!  It was hard to get past the group at the end of the day as everyone had to hear and see what a great job they did, and they did do a great job!

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The Future:                                                                                                                 

The classic one day work party:  As ITA grows we are getting more requests from the agencies for single day work parties to work on trails close to population hubs.  These work parties have been funded by REI and the land management agencies, however future funding opportunities need to be pursued.

 Large volunteer projects provide challenges because of the need to ensure ITA has enough qualified crew leads to manage the volunteers are available.  Recruiting other passionate crew leaders will be important for future expansion and success.

ITA prides itself in teaching safety and completing the best quality trail work while also working towards creating supporters and stewards of our public lands. We may not knock out a project as fast as a contractor or force account crew, but the quality should be the same, and the potential of creating lifelong supporters of public lands is great.  This goal is important for future partner relationships.

 

Our Message:

ITA is a hiking, trail advocacy and stewardship group. We formed to provide the voice for hikers throughout the state.  Our role is to get work done and to develop strong stewards of the land who are informed and educated enough to provide support to land management agencies and continuing this goal is important.

ITA is proud to teach and promote traditional skills while accomplishing trail work.  We feel it is a needed and necessary way to safely engage the public into volunteer stewardship to help our public lands.  ITA promotes these traditional skills to provide the training and understanding that work can be accomplished safely and efficiently in this manner.

ITA has a goal to safely engage the public in stewardship activities, by doing this we hope to build a more accepting and supportive public who will enjoy recreating and participating in the future of our public lands.

 Our Thanks:

 To REI, Sawtooth Society, Agency Partners, volunteers, members, contributors, Board of Directors and Advisory Board for their time, energy, leadership and monetary contributions.

 

Check out all of our 2015 Work Parties here!

We have lots of great volunteer projects coming up! To sign up early for one of these projects email intern@idahotrailsassociation.org. In the email make sure to reference the project(s) you want to sign up for. After you sign-up, an ITA representative will be in touch. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the ITA!

A Look Back at 2013

As 2014 has already seen a month come and gone, let’s take the chance to recognize the work that was completed in 2013 as we look forward to the 2014 season. Projects in 2013 included maintenance completed on National Trails Day and National Public Lands Day. Work was completed in the Sawtooth National Forest, Salmon-Challis National Forest, and Payette National Forest. ITA worked with the BLM and REI on National Trails Day in the Bruneau-Jarbridge Rivers Wilderness Area and on National Public Lands Day in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness. Here’s a quick recap of the seven projects completed in 2013.

June 1, 2013 — National Trails Day — Roberson Trails Project

Roberson Trail Project 2013Roberson Trails Project was completed on National Trails Day with the help of 30 volunteers, BLM, and REI in Boise as a sponsor. Trail maintenance was completed in the Bruneau-Jarbridge Rivers Wilderness Area. ITA provided 2 project leaders and the BLM provided 4 agency personnel — a great opportunity to learn about trail maintenance. New signs were constructed to make the trail more visible, along with clearing overgrown vegetation.  Seven water bars were restored to reduce erosion from water. Several switchbacks also received some needed restoration.

June 21-23, 2013 — Pioneer Cabin Trail Project

Pioneer Cabin Trail 2013The Pioneer Cabin/Osberg Ridge Project was completed in the Sawtooth National Forest. Five volunteers, along with ITA project leader Michael Beaudoin, made the trip for this project. The crew constructed 2 miles of new trail to connect Osberg Ridge and Warm Springs Ridge Trail; maintained sections of trail along 4 mile hike into the work site; reconstructed drainage on Osberg Ridge Trail in an effort to reduce soil erosion and trail meandering.

July 15-21, 2013 — Alice-Toxaway Loop Trail Project

Alice-ToxawayThe Alice-Toxaway Loop is located in the Sawtooth Wilderness. ITA volunteers worked on this week long project with guidance from the USFS and funding from REI. Josh Wheeler, project leader for the ITA, provides a great description of the project here. Overall, 22 miles of trail was maintained, including 24 logs cut and removed, and 247 water bars cleaned or installed. This project also provided the opportunity for two volunteers to bring their kids — a great experience for them!

July 18-21, 2013 — Mt. Borah Trail Project I & September 20-22, 2013 — Mt. Borah Trail Project II

Mt. Borah Project 2013The Mt. Borah Trail Project was a two part project completed in July and September. Work was completed in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. John McCarthy, the project leader for the ITA on the Mt. Borah project in July provides great commentary on the trip here. REI was a sponsor for the project. Accomplishments were a result of a total of 144 volunteer hours over the two projects. Tread reconstruction on the trails totaled 340′; 3 check steps constructed; 6 switchbacks were either constructed or reconstructed; 9500 square feet of braided trail rehabilitated; 14 waterbars cleaned; 1.4 miles of trail were rocked. Great work done by the crew on the very popular trail to the summit of Mt. Borah!

August, 16, 2013 — North Fork Lick Creek Trail Project

North Fork Lick CreekNorth Fork Lick Creek Trail Project was a 3 day project completed in the Payette National Forest. Six volunteers participated in this project. Maintenance was primarily on the Hum Lake Trail, a popular backpacking and day-hiking trail in McCall. Accomplishments include 2 miles of trails cleared; 26 logs cut and removed; 12 water bars cleaned or installed. This project to maintain the Hum and Duck Lake Trail is an ongoing partnership between the ITA and Payette National Forest. Keep your eyes open for this project on the 2014 project list!

September 28, 2013 — National Public Lands Day — Shoofly Trail Project

NPLD 2013Shoofly Trail Project was completed on National Public Lands Day with the help of 33 volunteers. ITA had 3 project leaders on the trip and BLM provided 7 agency personnel — another great opportunity for an introductory experience into trail maintenance.  A half mile of trail was cleared and a quarter mile of new trail was constructed. Volunteers also were able to experience a dutch oven lunch provided by BLM and the use of horses to pack out barbwire that was removed.

 

 

 

 The 2013 projects for ITA were a success and we look forward to 2014! We’d like to thank all the volunteers who participated, agency personnel from BLM and USFS, and REI for sponsoring four projects!

Linking Baker Lake to Ketchum: The Pioneer/Osberg Ridge Trail Project

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Waking up to cool mornings (low-20′s)  was well worth it to our volunteers. The morning sun painted the summits of the Boulder Mountains with icy hues of rose whilst Baker Creek greeted us with its babbling brooks. On June 22nd and 23rd, ITA and the Forest Service teamed up to complete some much needed maintenance on the new Osberg Ridge trail.

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The first day of work began with an unforgettable 4 mile hike to the work site. The trail granted us unforgettable views of Bear Peak and vivid splashes of Yellow Lupines, Idaho Bluebells and White Larkspurs laced with Sidonian purple. At the work site we connected the Osberg and Warmspring Ridge trails by building a 100 yard section of new trail. Hikers who start at the Baker Lake trailhead now have the opportunity to hike all the way to Ketchum.

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The second day was devoted to the construction of a geotextile turnpike on the Osberg Ridge trail. Simply put, we layered rock and gravel over the tread to impede water collection. The picture below show a before and after shot of the turnpike. The project was completed around noon and several of our volunteers hiked up to Baker Lake.

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The the newly developed Osberg/Warm Springs ridge trail system is located in the Sawtooth National Forest and is quick drive from Ketchum. To reach the trailhead from Ketchum, follow Idaho-75 north for 15 miles and turn left onto Baker Creek Road. Baker Creek Road ends at seven miles at the Baker Lake trailhead. This trailhead gives you a plethora of options and is a two and one half hour drive from Boise.

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ITA projects fill a vital gap left by federal budget cuts. Many, if not all, Forest Service trail crews are short staffed. As Rene Catherin, our Forest Service contact, stated “Theses trail projects would be difficult, if not impossible, to complete without the aid of selfless volunteer groups like the ITA”

 

If you enjoyed this project we have several upcoming projects in July.

Mt. Borah: July 18th-21st

The Mt. Borah project places you on Idaho’s highest peak! This project will be very labor intensive and work will occur on very steep slopes. This will be a 3 day weekend project. For More information see our Mt. Borah page.

Alice-Toxaway- July 15th-21st

We need volunteers for the waitlist on this popular project. We will be working once again with the Forest Service personnel out of the Stanley Valley Workcenter and Mystic Saddle Ranch. This trip offers unforgettable views of the White-Cloud mountains and alpine lakes. See the Alice-Toxaway page to sign up!

Wood River- July 29th-August 1st.

ITA will be joining up with the Forest Service Ketchum office. We will be tackling several trails within the Wood River drainage basin. Check out our Wood River project page to learn about this new project.