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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

Sign Up

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

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

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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!


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Great news friends we have finalized dates for some of our 2015 projects!

To sign up early for a project email 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.

In the future 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 ITA and we look forward to seeing you on the trails!

Projects Dates2015 Agencies Locations &Logistics Notes & Contacts
Oolite Interpretive Trail January 24th BLM Owyhee WildernessDifficulty: Easy to Moderate

1 day



Eccles CreekHells Canyon 


March 28th Forest Service Payette NFDifficulty: Moderate 

1 day


ITA project lead: Wally Kimball
National Trails Day June 6th Bureau of Land Management Owyhee WildernessDifficulty: Easy to Moderate1 day


East Fork of Lake Fork Creek June 27th Forest Service McCall RDPayette NFDifficulty: Easy


6 volunteers

ITA Project Lead: Jeff Halligan(Crew lead Training Opportunity)
Black Lee Creek(Box Lake Trail)  June 28th Forest Service McCall RDPayette NFDifficulty:


1 day

6 volunteers

ITA Project Lead:  Jeff Halligan(Crew Lead Training Opportunity)
N. Fork Lick Creek July 4th Forest Service Krassel RDPayette NFDifficulty:  moderate

2 miles -1 day


ITA project lead: Jeff Halligan
Alice-Toxaway LoopFrom Toxaway side Possible 4 person backpack crew to meet up with Toxaway crew after working the Petit to Alice trail and Alice Lake. 


July 19th -25th Forest Service SNRADifficulty: Moderate to strenuous 

30+ miles

7 days

10 volunteers



Hum Lake July 25th & 26th Forest Service Krassel RDPayette NFDifficulty:  moderate


2 days

6-8 volunteers

ITA project lead: Jeff Halligan
Livingston Mill-Castle Divide TrailThe non-motorized section between WA Basin and Little Boulder Creek as well as satellite trails including Chamberlain Lakes, Washington Lake, and Chamberlain Creek trails.  Aug 9th – 15th Forest Service Sawtooth NF-SNRADifficulty: Moderate to strenuous 

16 miles

6 days

12 volunteers max


ITA project lead:

Wally Kimball

Alice-Toxaway Trail Project – The Crown Jewels

As the project approached, I could sense the volunteer’s excitement to hike the Alice-Toxaway Loop in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Though animals scattered at the sound of our tools clinking hard at work, we saw marmots, a snowshoe rabbit, an osprey, woodpeckers, and a 2 point buck. Every day of the seven day project, the volunteers hiked out on trail with such enthusiasm, and you could see the talent building with each day for those new to trail maintenance.

Each day we started having two groups to cover a larger range of trail work. During the first two days, the volunteers completed the majority of the 18-mile Alice-Toxaway Loop. By the second night both groups had reunited to start other scopes of the project. On the third day the Edna Trail and Edith Trail were both being worked. For a lunch break, one group watched an inchworm stretch to a leafy lunch overlooking Edith, while the others at Edna dipped their toes into the lake for to refresh for the afternoon. On the fourth day we all went en route to the Edna junction, breaking into groups as we hiked to certain parts of the trail. Some hiked 14 miles round trip, past Vernon Lake to cut out a tree that was causing horses issues on the trail. Others hiked up to Sand Mountain Pass to repair and widen tread along the Edna trail that was tricky for hikers trying to trek the switchbacks. The last group worked closer to the junction moving rocks and clearing brush that stretched over the trail.  On the last day we cleared brush and repaired the final 2 miles of the Toxaway Loop. The others hiked the social trails to campsites, cleaning up trash left, and dismantling fire rings they came across. Overall the volunteers maintained roughly 29 miles of trail within the Sawtooths!

Cleaning, repairing, and constructing waterbars was the biggest achievement with an astounding total of 256 maintained. This is a huge help since it will prevent erosion of the trail. To help maintain the corridor wide enough for horses and hikers, 12 trees were cleared from the trail.  Along rocky sections of the trail, we moved 6 large boulders off the trail and dug fresh tread for hikers and horses to pass safely. Hikers and horses had been loosing their footing on the slippery granite rocks. Lastly, since it is not permitted to have fires within this section of the Sawtooths, we scoured the rocky hillsides and campsites for used fire rings. Fortunately, we did not find too many.

To keep our volunteers in such great shape after the long days of work. We had Mystic Saddle Ranch pack our gear in and out of the base camp. We were accompanied by Bortch, who was an amazing cook and story teller. Every night we went to bed with our tummy’s full of a delicious dinner and sometimes dessert. They provided a lovely base camp.  Each volunteer felt like they were living in luxury in the backcountry wilderness.

As our group grew closer through the days of hard work, we gave our tools nicknames that could easily have been mistaken as crew member names. Our crosscut (AKA Mick Jagger) was named because we liked the way it moved. A saw from the 1930’s, it astounded us that it was in such good shape. But the other crosscut needed a name too.  Because both saws were so similar, the second one was named Roxanne. However, they needed one more friend, so our loppers soon became Cindy Lopper. And that is how we gained three more crew members.

Thanks again to our volunteers for their talent and hard work. It was a very rewarding project.  We look forward to doing this project again next year! If you missed out this year, be on the look out to participate next year!

We also want to thank the Sawtooth Society for their financial support for this project, which would not have been possible otherwise.  We also want to thank the Sawtooth National Forest for their support and project leadership.