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2016 Trail work parties

We will have a variety of one-day, weekend, and week-long trail work projects throughout the state during summer 2016.

We are working to finalize a week-long backpacking project in which the crew will carry its gear and camp as they travel across the Sawtooth Wilderness. Other week-long projects include stock support to pack in camp, food, tents, sleeping bags and extra clothes.

Here’s a tentative list of Trail work parties in Idaho:

April 29-English Point Trail #80 - Coeur d’Alene District, Panhandle National Forest.

June 4-National Trails Day -  ITA is partnering with the Friends of Scotchmen’s Peak Wilderness on a trail project in Scotchman’s Peak.

June 4-National Trails Day – Owyhee Canyonlands. Purjue Trail in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness. This is a continuation of the work from last summer.

June 14- Fault Lake Trail #59 - Sandpoint Ranger District Panhandle National Forest.

June 17, 18 and 19 Crew Leader College - McCall. 20 Mile trail on the McCall Ranger District, Payette National Forest. Traditional skills, crosscut saw certification and trail maintenance skills training. (By Application)

July 2- Hum Lake, Krassel Ranger District Payette National Forest. Clearing logs and cleaning waterbars to Hum Lake

July, Alice-Toxaway loop – The crew will make base camp at Toxaway Lake and clean waterbars, cut logs from trail, trim brush and rebuild trail tread on the trails around Toxaway Lake and Tin Cup. The crew will also remove rocks and repair rocky sections of the trail and creek crossings. Meals will be provided and cooked by ITA volunteer chefs. Maximum of eight volunteers.

July 9/10-Twenty-Mile Lakes McCall Ranger District, Payette National Forest. Hike to 20-mile lakes and remove broken bridge and construct a hardened ford.

July 16/17 Hum Lake, Krassel Ranger District Payette National Forest. Camp at Hum Lake and work on trail towards North Fork of Lick Creek.

Late July, Ants Basin in the White Clouds Wilderness. The crew will work out of base camp in the upper meadows in Warm Springs Creek. They will do day hikes to work on trails in Ants Basin/Born Lakes and Warm Springs Creek. Meals are cooked by ITA volunteer chefs.

August 5/6 Bee Top Connector Trail Sandpoint Ranger District, Panhandle National Forest. Two one day work parties.

Aug. 14-20, Little Wood River. Base camp will be set up at Grays Creek accessible via a long hike from the Mormon Hill trailhead. Volunteers will rebuild trails 173, 171 and 170 through muddy areas, clean trail tread and log out with crosscuts. Meals will be cooked by ITA volunteer chefs. Maximum of eight volunteers.

Aug. 28-Sept. 3, Marble Creek in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. ITA is partnering with the Selway Bitterroot/Frank Church Foundation to crosscut logs and otherwise clear 13 miles of Marble Creek off the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Supplies will be packed in by stock to the camp at Cottonwood Creek, from which volunteers will work to open a critical section of the 1,000-mile Idaho Centennial Trail. Meals will be provided. Maximum of six volunteers.

Sept. 9 Roman Nose Trail #165, Bonners Ferry Ranger District, Panhandle National Forest

Sept. National Public Lands Day – TBA

Oct. 1-2, Summit Creek at Trail Creek Summit. The crew will camp at the trailhead at Summit Creek for a two-day work party to improve the first three miles of Summit Creek. Volunteers will log out and reestablish trail tread to its original location, brush out and reestablish a creek crossing and construct a puncheon across a damaged wet trail. Wall tent and Dutch oven dinner and breakfast will be provided by ITA volunteer chefs.

These dates are tentative and subject to change.

The beginning of March we will post a separate sign-up page for each project that will have more specific details about the project. Stay tuned for more projects, updates, and further information.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the us and we look forward to seeing you on the trails!

 

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!

Photo Courtesy of Peter Lovera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volunteers Pick Up Trail Work Where Forest Service Left Off…..

The Boise Weekly published an article about the Idaho Trails Association on July, 2015. It’s a great article on how we got started, our mission, and how we accomplish our mission. Read more here.

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Murri and The Boise Weekly

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Murri and The Boise Weekly

2015 Hum Lake Trail Work Party Debrief

Idaho Trails Association trail work project on July 25th & 26th, 2015 was at Hum Lake on the Krassel District of the Payette National Forest. We backpacked into base camp at Hum Lake on Saturday and then divided into two crews and conquered. One group headed north on the trail and did some much needed trail tread work and the other group back tracked on the Hum lake trail and did some light brushing. After completing a day of hard work we got back to camp where the In the Wild Chef had a Scrumptious gourmet backcountry dinner ready for everyone to devour. On Sunday morning after filling up on Blueberry Brie flappers, sausage, and coffee we headed north on the trail again and did more trail tread work, put in some water dips, cleared 25 down trees from the trail and rerouted the trail onto the original tread. Over time the lack of maintenance made it unclear where the original trail was and the cairns along the trail where incorrectly placed. Now with the trees off the trail and the cairns correctly placed; the trail will guide you to a gorgeous saddle with astounding views that span across the vast wild and scenic country.

The specifics of the accomplishments for this work party:

  • 10-ITA Volunteers contributed 101 hours of volunteer time
  • Cleared 25 trees from the trail.
  • Rehabbed approx 1500 feet of trail.
  • Brushed .75 miles of trail.
  • Cleaned/rebuilt 9 water bars.

Here are some photos of the crew and the work they accomplished.

 

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to the Krassel National Forest Service, REI, In the Wild Chef, everyone of our sponsors, and the volunteers for making this trail work vacation such a success!

2015 Alice-Toxaway Trail Work Vacation Debrief

We are thrilled with the work our volunteers accomplished during this Epic trail work vacation in the Sawtooth Wilderness.

Our amazing volunteer crew along with a Forest Service Wilderness Ranger got this staggering list of  accomplishments done!

  • 10-ITA Volunteers contributed 400 hours of volunteer time.
  • Cleared 7 trees from the trail within Wilderness.
  • Resurfaced 1500 feet of trail through talus slope.
  • Brushed 2.5 miles of trail.
  • Removed rocks from 3 miles of trail.
  • Cleaned/rebuilt 83 water bars.
  • Cleaned 9 drains/creek crossings.
  • Built 150 feet of rock retaining wall for 2 trail realignments.
  • Rehabbed 150 feet of trail at realignments.
  • Built 20 foot approach ramp for bridge.
  • Picked up and packed out 30 pounds of trash from Twin Lakes area.

Here are some photos of the crew and the work they accomplished.

A BIG THANK YOU goes out to the Sawtooth National Forest Service, The Sawtooth Society, REI, Cabela’s, and our volunteers for making this trail work vacation such a success!

National Trails Day Summary

National Trails Day 2015 was a success from the start.  Volunteers met at the BLM field Office in Boise and carpooled to the NTD4Perjue Canyon Trailhead in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness.  REI supplied sandwiches, chips and drinks while volunteers provided homemade cookies for the return trip.  15 volunteers made the trip with BLM Recreation Staff David Draheim and ITA Executive Director Jeff Halligan leading the project.  It was a 3 mile hike to the project site of brushing, logging out and tread work along the canyon bottom thick with Aspen, Alder and grasses.  There was about 300 feet of trail tread reconstruction/improvement and about ¾ of a mile of brushing and logging out.  The volunteers were treated with the presence of 2 young energetic volunteers whose positive energy and enthusiasm was enjoyed by all!  Thank you Kylie and Hunter!  We hope to see you on more ITA trips!  The hike back up to the trailhead was a real eye opener, as you climbed out of the lush canyon you were met with the heat of the Owyhee Desert afternoon.  It was amazing how the deep lush canyons can hold the cool for so long in the day!  It was a great day to be in the Little Jacks Creek Wilderness!

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Photos Courtesy of our Board Member Diana Burrell

Roman Nose Trail Work Party

Project

Idaho Trails Association summer cleanup project on the Roman Nose Trail.

 Date and time: 

Saturday, July 11th we will meet in Sandpoint at 7:30 am and then carpool to the trailhead. We should be done by 5:00 pm.

Description:

The Idaho Trails Association is looking for volunteers to help do maintenance work on Saturday, July 11th on the Roman Nose Trail in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. We will be cleaning out water bars, cutting back brush, and doing other light maintenance chores.

The Roman Nose trail is in a beautiful alpine area and leads to three lakes nestled below Roman Nose Peak. For more details on this great hike please visit the Idaho Conservation League’s link here: http://www.idahoconservation.org/events/explore-idaho/north-idaho/roman-nose-lakes-1

Volunteers will use hand tools provided by the Association to do light work. Everyone should bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, lunch, and water. We will meet at 7:30 am in Sandpoint to carpool and drive to the trailhead. We will email you the carpooling location about a week before the trail work party.

Please sign up below:

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!

 

July 25/26, 2015 Hum Lake Trail Work Party

Projects details:

July 25/26, 2015 Hum Lake Trail, Payette National Forest, McCall, Idaho

Work details: Join us for an overnight work party high in mountains above McCall clearing the trail above Hum Lake.  We will meet at the Duck Lake Trailhead at Lick Creek Summit at 9am Saturday July 25th.  We will hike up to Hum Lake and drop off our packs and start clearing the trail to the North Fork of Lick Creek.  Our goal is to start rebuilding the switchbacks and trail tread above Hum Lake.  This is a strenuous hike at high elevation, but well worth the effort!

Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast and lunch will be provided by ITA.  Dinner will be prepared by “The Wild Chef” Steve Weston!

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 to get to Hum Lake. The return trip goes back over the pass and down to the trailhead. The distance hiking as about 6 miles round trip, plus the hiking around the project.

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 Sunday afternoon by 4pm.

 What to bring: All volunteers should bring their own camp gear for overnight, large backpack, Saturday’s lunch, snacks, sunscreen, and water.  Volunteers should have hiking boots, leather work gloves, and eye protection (sunglasses or safety glasses).  ITA will provide the tools.

Project leaders: Jeff Halligan with the ITA

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! If you would like to be put on a wait list for this trip please email info@idahotrailsassociation.org

 

July 4th 2015 Hum Lake Trail Work Party

Projects details:

July 4, 2015 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 4th.  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 from 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.

Project leaders: Jeff Halligan with the ITA

July 4th 2015 Hum Lake Trail work Party

  • For larger party sizes please call the ITA office.
  • Participants less than 18 years of age must be registered by their parent or guardian. Anyone under the age of 16 must also be accompanied by an adult. Any participant under the age of 18 must bring with them a signed copy of our Parental Consent Form.
    Please enter a brief description in the box below of convenient meeting point near you. If you select an option to carpool. We will need to share your email with other volunteers to coordinate carpooling. By selecting this option you approve us sharing your email for this purpose only.
    When you arrive at a ITA work party you will be asked to read and sign our liability release form. Please read it ahead of time. You must check the box above before hitting the join button below.

Idaho Youth Wilderness Initiative

We are collaborating with IYWI another Idaho nonprofit organization to get youth outdoors and experience nature!IYWI logo

IYWI will create opportunities for Idaho’s youth to experience overnight wilderness adventures provided by trained and equipped adult youth leaders.

The mission of IYWI is to create opportunities for Idaho youth to experience overnight wilderness adventures by breaking down barriers to access. In doing so, the organization will provide comprehensive, hands-on training for adult youth leaders wilderness both confidently and competently. There first Outdoor Leadership training is June 26th-28th. Limited spots are available, so please hurry and register! http://idahoyouthwildernessinitiative.org/

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