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NOTE:

Member only registration is open: March 11th – April 11th 2019

All supporters (non members/members) may register on/after April 12th.

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The 2019 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 2019 Projects:

2017_Project_Map

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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.

4 – Very Strenuous: Hike medium to long distances often uphill 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: Sheep Creek

Description: Catch the jetboat at 10 am on Sunday March 17, at Vinegar Creek at the End of the Salmon River Road East of Riggins Idaho. The Vinegar Creek Boat ramp is approximately 23 miles from Riggins. Most people are camping the night before at the Wind River Pack Bridge about 2 miles before Vinegar Creek. There is a large parking area and a restroom to camp at. The jetboat ride is about 45 minutes long to the beach at Sheep Creek where we will unload and set up camp for the week. We will be bringing the large wall tent 12×20 with a wood heating stove and the full kitchen. Food will be provided by ITA and prepared by ITA professional camp cook Liz Caughlin. After camp is set up there will be time to relax and explore the surrounding area before dinner.

Date(s): March 17th-23rd

Volunteer Limit: 30 (full)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2

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Project: English Point Trail #80

Description: A lower elevation trail system that includes easy loops thru forest terrain on the west side of Hayden Lake. A great opportunity to come out early in the 2019 hiking season and learn about or polish up your trail maintenance skills on this popular 6 mile long trail system.

Date(s): April 27th

Volunteer Limit: 25

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 1

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 May


Project: ITA Crew Leader College Northern Idaho

Description: a day of training in safety, leadership, and trail maintenance skills on Friday, May 3. Experienced and future Crew Leaders will review lessons learned on past projects and talk about the 2019 projects.

Date(s): May 3rd

Volunteer Limit: 14 (email tom@idahotrailsassociation.org for more information/to signup)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2

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Project: Kootenai River Walk Trail #184

Description: We will help the US Forest Service re-route parts of this beautiful low elevation trail that follows the south side of the Kootenai River east of Bonners Ferry. Come out on one or both days. There will be camping near the cars for those who want to stay the night. Difficulty rating #1.

Date(s): May 11th-12th

Volunteer Limit: 25

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 1

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Burnt Knob Lookout

 


  June


Project: Purjue Canyon

Description: Join us for a day of National Trails Day stewardship in the Owyhee Mountains. The Purjue Canyon trail runs from The old Purjue Homestead off the Mud Flats Road to Shoo Fly Road. Volunteers will meet at the BLM office in Boise and carpool together to the project site.

Date(s): June 1st

Volunteer Limit: 20

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2 (Possibility of warmer weather, ticks)

Register

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Project: Mickinnick Trail

Description: On National Trails Day, we’ll work again on this very popular 3.5 mile locally built hiking trail. Mickinnick gains 2,200’ to reach a beautiful viewpoint far above the City of Sandpoint. We will do tread work, improve drainage, and cut back brush.

Date(s): June 1st

Volunteer Limit: 25

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2

Register

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Project: Partner Project

Description: Special trail project with the Sandpoint Leadership Class, in the Sandpoint Ranger District. By invitation

Date(s): June 9th

Volunteer Limit: By Invitation (email tom@idahotrailsassociation.org for more information/to signup)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 1

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Project: Middle Fork Salmon

Description: Drive into Meyers Cove outside of Challis Idaho and camp for Saturday night. Sunday morning have breakfast, prepare gear for packers, and hike down Camas Creek with lunch and day packs to the confluence with the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The camp is on the left across the bridge on the big flat. Pack stock will bring in the food, camp and kitchen. The work will be on the Middle fork of the Salmon River trail upstream to Loon Creek and beyond if possible. Logging out, tread work and brushing. Overall improving the trail and opening the travel way. (Project contingent on pending grant award)

Date(s): June 9th-15th

Volunteer Limit: 10

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 3

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Crew Leader College

 


Project: Priest Lake Beach Trail #48

Description: ITA volunteers will help build a new board walk and install decking on this trail along the south western shore of beautiful Priest Lake in northern Idaho. There will be car camping available for those who would like to spend the night.

Date(s): June 15th-16th

Volunteer Limit: 25

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2

Register

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Project: Gospel Hump 1

Description: 50 mile hike in the Gospel Hump Wilderness preforming Wilderness Impact Site monitoring and trail ground proofing. Volunteers plan and provide their own food and will be reimbursed for food costs with receipt. Days include 10 mile hikes on trails with wildly varying maintenance.

Date(s): June 23rd-29th

Volunteer Limit: 8 (email clay@idahotrailsassociation.org for more information/to signup)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 4

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Project: Bee Top/Round Top Trail #120

Description: Hike in about 5 miles, with a hefty 3,000’ of lift, to work on this beautiful trail. Tread work, cutting back brush, and some sawing will be needed. This trail is considered one of the most beautiful in northern Idaho and volunteers can work Friday, Saturday, or both days.

Date(s): June 28th-29th

Volunteer Limit: 14

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3

Register

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Project: Gospel Hump 2 (Boise State Trail Stewardship Club)

Description: 50 mile hike in the Gospel Hump Wilderness preforming Wilderness Impact Site monitoring and trail ground proofing. Volunteers plan and provide their own food and will be reimbursed for food costs with receipt. Days include 10 mile hikes on trails with wildly varying maintenance.

Date(s): June 30th-July 6th

Volunteer Limit: (full)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 4


 

Purjue Canyon

 


 July


Project: Hum Lake

Description: Join us at the Duck Lake/Hum Lake trail head for our annual trip up the Hum Lake Trail. This scenic area just outside of McCall will whet your appetite for summer trail work in the backcountry!

Date(s): July 6th

Volunteer Limit: 12

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3

Register

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Project: Little Snowy Top and Trail #512

Description: 5 day backpack located a few miles south of the Canadian border on high ridges and a mountain peak with great views. We’ll work from trail #512 to the summit of Little Snowy Top Mountain in the Priest Lake Ranger District. The hike to our camp is about 6 miles long.

Date(s): July 13th-17th

Volunteer Limit: 10

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 3

Register

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Project: Alice Lake

Description: Volunteers will meet the horse packers at the Tin Cup Trailhead and then hike to camp at Alice Lake. Cook and kitchen tent will already be set up. Trail work consists of clearing downed trees and repairing tread in the Alice Lake area. Enjoy the jaw dropping scenery on this popular Idaho hike!

Date(s): July 14th-20th

Volunteer Limit: 10

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty:4 (Labor intensive tread work, high elevation, mosquitoes)

Register

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Project: Vance Mountain

Description: This is a week in the Selway Wilderness 14 miles up White Cap Creek working on the Vance Mountain Trail. This is a fully supported trip where the food tools and gear will be packed in with mules from the Trailhead at Paradise GS. The project is clearing the Vance Mountain trail to Vance Lake, approximately 3 miles of clearing with an elevation gain of about 3500 feet.

Date(s): July 21st-27th

Volunteer Limit: 10

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficult: 4 Very Strenuous. This one is a long hike into camp. You will have all day to hike in. The work and hike will be strenuous uphill to the lake.

Register

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Project: Deer Creek Trail #448

Description: Three day project in the beautiful upper North Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. We’ll remove logs, cut brush, and do some tread work on this 7 mile trail that climbs up to the Bunco Road. There is a great car camping area we’ll stay in that has a really good swimming hole. Come for one, 2 or all 3 days.

Date(s): July 26th-28th

Volunteer Limit: 15

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2

Register

 


 

Hum Lake

 

 


August


 

Project: Little Wood River

DescriptionThis weekend trip will take you into the heart of the Little Wood River country and provide great views of the back of the Pioneer Mountains. Volunteers will be camping at the Mormon Hill Trailhead and hiking ~ 2 miles into Kale Creek Trail #178. This area burned last year so it will be cool to see what the fire damage was like. The work will be logging out, digging tread, repairing waterbars, and erosion damaged caused by the fire. Plan to arrive Friday night to set up camp, work all day Saturday and part of Sunday.

Date(s): August 3rd-4th

Volunteer Limit: 10

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3

Register

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Project: Ramey Ridge

Description: This week long project combines the best of Wilderness Travel. You will spend the week deep in some of the remotest sections of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The crew will Fly via Fixed Wing airplane from McCall to Chamberlain Basin on Sunday and camp at Chamberlain that evening. The total miles of trail will be about 30. Work will consist of clearing downed logs, cutting back brush and new growth lodgepole, waterbars and erosion control. This is a self supported trip where everyone will be carrying their own food/gear and tools for the week. The return Flight will be from the Big Creek Airstrip on Saturday morning.

Date(s): August 4th-10th

Volunteer Limit: 5 (full)

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 4

Register

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Project: Hemlock Trail #488

Description: This popular hiking trail in the Sandpoint Ranger District starts at the end of the upper Grouse Creek road and leads 4 miles to the ridge top 1,600’ above the trail head. Work will involve cutting back brush, re-routing drainage, and tread repair.

Date(s): August 10th

Volunteer Limit: 25

Fee to Hold Spot: no

Difficulty: 2

Register

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Project: Bacon Creek Trail #66

Description: After hiking in for 7 miles to a camp along the upper St. Joe River, we’ll work for a week on the Bacon Creek trail. The trail climbs about 2,500’ in 4 miles up to an alpine pass then goes another 6 miles back down this is a beautiful, remote, and seldom visited area. All our food, personal gear, and a big camp setup will be packed in for us. A great cook will prepare all meals and there is a swimming hole right by the camp.

Date(s): August 4-10th

Volunteer Limit: 12

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 3

Register

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Project: Cold Meadows

Description: Fly from McCall into Cold Meadows in the Frank Church Wilderness on Sunday and spend the night at Cold Meadows. Head out Monday and start clearing the trail to Black Lake, clearing as you go, camping where you end up at the end of the day. Improve the trail, remove rocks, pull tread, logout, brush, and clean waterbars. This is a self-contained; crew you will carry your own gear and tools for the week. Volunteers will fly out of Cold Meadows back to McCall on Saturday.

Date(s): August 18th-24th

Volunteer Limit: 5

Fee to Hold Spot: Yes

Difficulty: 4 (10 mile hike carrying all tools and equipment)

Register

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Project: Navigation Trail #291

Description: Volunteers can work Saturday, Sunday or both days on this easy trail that goes from the north end of Priest Lake, parallels The Thorofare, then follows the shore of Upper Priest Lake all the way to its upper end. There will be a place to car camp for those who want to stay overnight. We’ll cut back brush and do tread work.

Date(s): August 24th-25th

Volunteer Limit: 25

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2

Register

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Project: Caton Lake HP Project

Description: Hewlett Packard Young Employee Network volunteers will return to the Caton Lake trail for the 3rd season! HP volunteers have been working to reclaim this trail from fire damage, reopening the trail from Rainbow Lake to Caton Lake.

Date(s): August 30th–September 1st

Volunteer Limit: 14 (full)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2


 

Horse String

 


September


Project: Sawtooth Trail #109

Description: This trail is the major access route along the north side of the Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area in the St. Joe National Forest. The trail runs for 5 miles, dropping 2,000’ from the road down to Sawtooth Creek. We’ll cut brush, remove logs, and do tread work. Because of the long drive to this project, we’ll camp at the cars near the top of the trail.

Date(s): September 7th-8th

Volunteer Limit: 15

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3

Register

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Project: Pyramid Pass Trail #13

Description: We will cut back brush, remove logs, and improve the tread on this 2 mile trail that heads up to Pyramid Pass for views into beautiful Long Canyon in northern Idaho. Elevation gain to the pass is 1,300’ from the trail head.

Date(s): September 14th

Volunteer Limit: 25

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2

Register

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Project: Middle Fork of the Payette (Boise State Trails Stewardship Club)

Description: BSU student volunteers will kick off the Fall Semester with a National Public Lands day service project on the Middle Fork north of Crouch. Volunteers will meet at the Boiling Springs Campground and work the trail up towards Pine Burl Hot Springs.

Date(s): September 27th-29th

Volunteer Limit: 14 (full)

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 2

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Project: East Fork Boulder Creek Trail #136

Description: To celebrate National Public Lands Day, ITA volunteers will work on this 4 mile trail that climbs 2,700’ up to the beautiful views from the top of Middle Mtn., east of Bonners Ferry. We’ll cut back brush, do tread work, and enjoy the fall weather on this last project of the season in northern Idaho.

Date(s): September 28th

Volunteer Limit: 25

Fee to Hold Spot: No

Difficulty: 3

Register


 

Seven Devils