Saturday, March 28, 2015. We will meet at the Allison Creek Trail Head, at Big Bar Campground at 9:30AM – 5:00PM.
Project Details: This project consists of heavy trail pad maintenance using shovels, McCleouds, Pulaski, to build water bars and widen/repair trail tread/pad. Loppers and small hand saws will be used to prune brush. The Forest Service will provide all tools. You are expected to provide your own work gloves and appropriate clothing for the weather, food and water.
Volunteers needed: 15 volunteers. If your plans change and you cannot make it. Please notify us & attempt to fill the project with another volunteer.
ITA project leader: Wally Kimball & Jahsha Zeitlin with the Payette National Forest
What to bring: All volunteers should bring their own lunch, work gloves, and wear work style boots. Dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
The drive to meeting site is approximately 140 miles and 2.5 hours one way from Boise
Driving directions: 1) From Boise, drive West on I-84 to Exit 3, which is the Hwy. 95/Fruitland Exit. About 41 miles from Boise/Meridian. 2) Go North (Right) on Hwy. 95, through Fruitland, Payette, Weiser, and Midvale, to Cambridge—about 48 miles. 3) At Cambridge, turn West (Left) onto Hwy. 71. This is the Chevron Statin Canyon Corner (makes a good potty break). 4) Go West and then North on Hwy 71 to Brownlee Dam, cross over into Oregon below Brownlee Dam, about 29 miles. 5) Once on the Oregon side of the Snake River, continue North for about 11 miles to the Copperfield Campground Road Junction which is just about 1/2 mile below/down river from the Oxbow Dam. Turn Right at this junction and continue past Copperfield Campground and cross the Snake River back onto the Idaho side of the Snake River. 6) Once on the Idaho side, continue North for about 6 miles and Hells Canyon Campground will be on the West side of the road. Continue North another 8 miles down river from Hells Canyon Campground to Big Bar Campground and the Allison Creek Trail Head.
We will begin the day by meeting at Big Bar Campground (toilets are available but no water). After the sign-in and safety meeting, we will drive approximately one mile to the Eckels Creek Trail Head to begin the trail work.
ITA will provide barbeque pork ribs & Macaroni salad post trail work on Saturday at Hells Canyon Campground. Depending upon the number of volunteers participating, we will plan to eat at 5:30PM.
Camping option: Wally plans to camp Friday the 27th & Saturday the 28th at the Hells Canyon Campground owned by Idaho Power located 8 miles from the project site. Sites are at winter rates through March. RV sites are $8 and tent sites are $5. Tents can use RV spaces but must pay RV price, however, up to three tents can be set up in an RV Space. This campground has heated toilets and has tables and fire rings. Here is link: https://www.idahopower.com/OurEnvironment/Recreation/fees.cfm
Sunday hiking option: Wally is also planning to hike on Sunday morning and would like to invite anyone that wishes to accompany him. He’ll probably hike Allison Creek, about 6 miles and 2500 feet elevation gain. An option is just to go sight-seeing down at Hells Canyon Dam—should still be goats, deer, and elk.
In general, this is a good opportunity to join other ITA volunteers for a day of trail maintenance and see some of the Hells Canyon trail hiking opportunities.
Hell’s Canyon Campground, Idaho: