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Trail Maintenance Projects

From one-day to week-longs, we’ve got a trail trip for you! Check out our list below to see our upcoming projects.

You do not need to have any experience to sign up for a project. We will give you the training and tools you need to do the work. Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions about our projects.

Until April 1, all project sign-ups are reserved for members only! You can become a member for as little as $25 a year. Click here to learn more!

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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Youth Maintenance Projects

Upcoming Projects:

English Point Trail (Postponed)

April 25 • Hayden Lake

Project: English Point Trail Description: A lower elevation trail system that includes easy loops through forest terrain on the West side of Hayden Lake. A great opportunity to come out early in the 2020 hiking season and learn about or polish up your trail maintenance skills on this popular 6-mile long trail system. Date: Postponed Volunteer […]

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Sheep Creek Jet Boat Trip (Postponed)

April 26-May 2 • Gospel Hump Wilderness

Project: Sheep Creek Jet Boat Trip Description: Jet boat from Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp, outside of Riggins, to Sheep Creek in the Gospel Hump Wilderness. This trip will take you up into the Salmon River Breaks where we will work our way into the remote interior of the Gospel Hump. Volunteers will backpack in a […]

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North Idaho Crew Leader College (Postponed)

May 1-3 • Sagle, ID

Project: North Idaho Crew Leader College Description: Three days of training in North ID in safety, leadership, and trail maintenance skills. Experienced and future Crew Leaders will review lessons learned on past projects and help plan the 2020 project season. Please contact Tom Dabrowski at if you are interested. Dates: Postponed Fee to Hold […]

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Roberson Trail

June 6 • Bruneau Canyon

Project: Roberson Trail (National Trails Day) Description: Celebrate National Trails Day in the dramatic Bruneau Canyon on the East Side Roberson Trail. Volunteers will descend from the rim, clearing one of the few routes down to the remote Bruneau River. Come camp out the night before and enjoy a pancake breakfast at our camp just […]

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Mickinnick Trail

June 6 • Sandpoint, ID

Project: Mickinnick Trail (National Trails Day) Description: On National Trails Day, we’ll return to 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’ll do tread work, improve drainage, and cut back brush. Date(s): June 6 Volunteer Limit: No Limit Fee to […]

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East Fork Boulder Creek

June 20 • Idaho Panhandle NF

Project: East Fork Boulder Creek Description: Trail 136 is located east of Bonners Ferry. The trail starts near a historic “ghost town”, travels through beautiful forest, and ends near the alpine, rocky summit of Middle Mountain. Work will include brushing, water diversion, and some tread work. Date: June 20th Volunteer Limit: No Limit Fee to […]

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Center Ridge Bridge I

June 20 • Payette NF

Project: Center Ridge Bridge I Description: Partner project with CITRA and CIMBA. This project will meet at the Center Ridge trailhead at Squaw Meadows off the Warren Wagon Road. The first bridge project is right at the trailhead, the old bridge needs to be removed and the new bridge built on site. Heavy lifting and […]

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Queens River (Full)

June 26-28 • Sawtooth Wilderness

Project: Queens River Description: This lightly trafficked trail in the Atlanta, ID area climbs from the Middle Fork of the Boise River up into the Sawtooth Wilderness. A Montana Conservation Corp crew cut hundreds of logs out of this trail last year so we will be following up with brushing, treadwork, drainage improvement, and clearing […]

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Center Creek Bridge II

June 27-28 • Payette NF

Project: Center Creek Bridge II Description: Partner project with CITRA and CIMBA. This second bridge project is located about 1 mile in from the Center Ridge trailhead and will require acquiring native log stringers on site, moving them into place, then leveling and installing decking. This will be a 2-day project, camping at the trailhead. […]

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Pearl Creek Bridge

July 5 • Payette NF

Project: Pearl Creek Bridge Description: Project located at the Pearl Lake Trailhead at the end of Brush Creek Road, near McCall. Project consists of removing the collapsed bridge at the trailhead and building a new bridge using the existing abutments. Date(s): July 5th Volunteer Limit: 10 Fee to Hold Spot: No Difficulty: 2 Volunteer Spots […]

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Long Canyon

July 6-11 • Selkirks

Project: Long Canyon Description: A 6-day backpack trail project in the wildest canyon in northern Idaho. Hike in about 6 miles over Pyramid pass and work the upper end of this remote and scenic trail. We’ll camp right by the creek and do tread work, brushing, and drainage improvement. We’ll work with a great Forest […]

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Big Boulder Creek (Full)

July 8-12 • White Clouds Wilderness

Project: Big Boulder Creek Description: Explore the White Clouds Wilderness on this 5-day backpacking-style trail work project. From the Livingston Mill trailhead off the East Fork of the Salmon River, volunteers will clear trails on their way to Walker Lake, Island Lake, and the Big Boulder Lakes. We will be hauling our own gear, food […]

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Toxaway Lake (Full)

July 12-18 • Sawtooth Wilderness

Project: Toxaway Lake Description: This fully supported pack trip is your ticket to a weeklong trail party on one of Idaho’s most iconic hikes! The Forest Service will pack camp into Toxaway Lake, where volunteers will have incredible Sawtooth views in all directions. The trail work will focus on improving switchbacks on the Sand Mountain […]

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Chipmunk Rapids Trail

July 18 • Priest Lake

Project: Chipmunk Rapids Trail Description: ITA volunteers will do brushing, tread repair, and drainage work on this scenic 6-mile loop trail on the Priest River below Priest Lake. Easy access and flat terrain make this an easy project. Dates: July 18th Volunteer Limit: No Limit Fee to Hold Spot: No Difficulty: 1 – Easy

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Vance Mountain

July 19-25 • Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

Description: Deep in Selway Country, volunteers will meet at Paradise Campground and hike 14 miles to camp on White Cap Creek. Work on the Vance Lake/Fall Creek Trail 49 will continue from where ITA volunteers left off in 2019. We will be repairing steep switchbacks and cutting back Ceanothus. This trail has been closed for […]

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Blacktail Lake

July 20 • Idaho Panhandle NF

Project: Blacktail Lake (Sandpoint Monday Hikers) Description: A partner project with the local Sandpoint Monday Hiker group. We’ll do brushing work on the Blacktail Lake trail for several hours and then turn the hikers loose to finish their walk to the lake. The large Monday Hiker group should get lots done on this brushy trail. […]

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Pulaski Memorial Trail

July 25 • Wallace, ID

Project: Pulaski Memorial Trail Description: ITA will again work on this beautiful historic trail near Wallace. The trail travels about 3 ½ miles to its end at the mine where Ed Pulaski saved his fire crew during the 1910 fires that burned much of northern Idaho. Brush removal, water drainage, and some tread work. Date: […]

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Caton Lake 5-Day

July 31-August 4 • Boise NF

Project: Caton Lake 5-Day Description: This is the year we get this trail open all the way to Caton Lake! We have worked this trail in South Fork of the Salmon country for the last 3 seasons. This year we’ll be cutting out the final mile of tree-covered switchbacks. We’ll hike in 7 miles and […]

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Snow Peak Lookout Trail

August 2-8 • St Joe District

Project: Snow Peak Lookout Trail Description: Snow Peak Lookout Trail 55 is one of the most popular hiking and equestrian trails on the St. Joe Ranger District. The first four miles of the trail are in good shape and are safe for hikers, equestrians and bicycles. But the last mile of trail to the lookout […]

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Moose Lake Boardwalk

August 8 • Idaho Panhandle NF

Project: Moose Lake Boardwalk Description: We’ll build a new boardwalk on the Moose Lake Trail #237. A fun project using materials hauled in by the US Forest Service to replace the old wooden structures near the lake. Date: August 8 Volunteer Limit: No Limit Fee to Hold Spot: No Difficulty: 2 – Moderate

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Livingston Mill Trail (Full)

August 9-13 • White Clouds Wilderness

Project: Livingston Mill Trail (BSU Backcountry Trail Club) Description: BSU student volunteers will work from the East Fork of the Salmon River along the Livingston Mill Trail to the Boulder Chain Lakes, expanding on work done earlier in the season. This will be 5 days of Wilderness to celebrate the end of Summer break and […]

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Copper Camp Project (Full)

August 14-17 • Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Project: Copper Camp Project (ICL) Description: The ICL Emerging Leaders for Idaho’s Environment will hike into Copper Camp from Big Creek Guard Station. From there, they will be continuing work from a 2019 ITA youth project, clearing the trail to tie in with the Ramey Ridge trail (also cleared in 2019). This trail is heavily […]

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Two Mouth Lakes Trail I

August 15 • Selkirks

Project: Two Mouth Lakes Trail I Description: A 5-mile long trail that climbs up to two pretty lakes in a scenic alpine basin. We’ll have 2 projects on this trail during 2020. On this first project, we’ll work on the lower end of the trail and do brushing, log removal, drainage work, tread repair. Date: […]

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Coyote Springs Fly-In (Full)

August 16-22 • Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Project: Coyote Springs Fly-In Description: Fly into Cold Meadows for a strenuous weeklong hike out Cottonwood Creek to Coyote Springs and the historic Telephone Booth. Then clear the ridge over Farrow Mountain Cottonwood Butte to Black lake and back to Cold Meadows. This trip is over 30 miles long and will be a lot of […]

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Middle Fork Payette 5-Day

August 21-25 • Boise NF

Project: Middle Fork Payette 5-Day Description: On this backpacking style trip, we’ll hike up the Middle Fork of the Payette River and set up camp at Pine Burl hot springs. We’ll work up the Middle Fork Trail from there, focusing on brushing and restoring lost tread. Be prepared to get wet! River crossings are frequent. […]

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Coeur d’Alene River NRT

August 28-30 • Idaho Panhandle NF

Project: Coeur d’Alene River NRT Description: A 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 scenic National Recreation Trail that follows the river. We’ll stay in a great car camping area that has a really good swimming hole. […]

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Sheep Creek UTV Trip

August 30-September 5 • Gospel Hump Wilderness

Project: Sheep Creek UTV Trip Description: Return to Sheep Creek trail in the Gospel Hump Wilderness. This time the Forest Service will be shuttling volunteers into the Historic Humptown Mining District on side-by-side UTVs. We’ll be dropping into Sheep Creek from the top and trying to tie in with earlier work coming up from the […]

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Two Mouth Lakes Trail II

September 12 • Selkirks

Project: Two Mouth Lakes Trail II Description: On our second 2020 project on this trail, we’ll focus on the upper end near the beautiful Two Mouth Lakes. Tread repair, brushing, log removal, and drainage work will be involved. This is a popular backpacking area, so we’ll also do some campsite cleanup work. Date: September 12 […]

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St. Joe Sawtooth Trail

September 19-20 • St Joe

Project: St. Joe Sawtooth Trail Description: This trail is the major access route along the north side of the remote and scenic 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 […]

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Evans Landing

September 26 • Idaho Panhandle NF

Project: Evans Landing (National Public Lands Day) Description: On National Public Lands Day, we’ll work on this 2-mile trail that drops down to the west shore of beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. The final section of Trail #64 has been eroding for years and can be steep and slippery. We’ll focus on tread repair on that […]

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