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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.

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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Upcoming Projects:


2021 Cabin Creek Fly-In Project

April 18-24 • Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Description: This is a fly in trip into some of the most remote country in the lower 48. Plane flights will leave from McCall the morning of April 18 and return flights from Cabin Creek to McCall on April 24. We will provide 2 crew leads and plan on basing out of Cabin Creek. We […]

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2021 English Point Trail 80 Project

May 1 • North Idaho

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 2021 hiking season and learn about or polish up your trail maintenance skills on this popular 6–mile long trail system. Dates: May 1 Volunteer Limit: 25 […]

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2021 North Idaho Crew Leader College

May 7-9 • North Idaho

Description: Three days of training in northern ID in safety, leadership, and trail maintenance skills in a classroom and field setting. Experienced and future Crew Leaders will review lessons learned on past projects and help plan the 2020 projects. Contact us at trails@idahotrailsassociation.org if you are interested in being an ITA crewleader. Dates: May 7 […]

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2021 McCall Crew Leader College

May 14-16 • McCall

Description: Current and future crew leaders will spend the weekend at Secesh Campground, on the Secesh River outside of McCall. Volunteers will do both ‘classroom’ and field work sessions learning or refreshing trail maintenance and project leader skills. Volunteers who complete the training will be crosscut saw certified and ready to lead volunteer projects in […]

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2021 Lake Shore Trail 294 Project

May 15-16 • North Idaho

Description: ITA volunteers will cut out logs and brush on this trail along the Northwestern shore of beautiful Priest Lake in North Idaho. There will be car camping available for those who would like to spend the night. Dates: May 15 – 16 Volunteer Limit: 25 Fee to Hold Spot: No Difficulty: 1-easy- day hikes, […]

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2021 Stonebreaker Ranch Project

May 17-22 • Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Description: The crew will fly into Stonebreaker Ranch in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness on Monday May 17, from McCall.  The project entails reconstruction of about 1 mile of trail on Stonebreaker property from the ranch house to the Main Chamberlain creek trail.  If there is time, the trail from Chamberlain airstrip […]

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2021 Sheep Creek Spring Jet Boat Project

May 23-29 • Gospel Hump Wilderness

Description: Volunteers will take a Salmon River jet boat trip from Vinegar Creek Boat Ramp to Sheep Creek Beach in the Gospel Hump. On this self-supported, backpacking style trip the crew will work their way up the remote Sheep Creek trail. Camp will be located about 3 miles North of the Salmon River. This trail […]

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2021 Purjue Canyon Project

June 5-6 • Little Jacks Creek Wilderness

Description: For this National Trails Day project, ITA volunteers will meet at the Poison Creek Picnic area on Mud Flat Road south of Grandview, ID. You can meet us in the morning or join us at camp the night before. The crew will continue work on the Purjue Canyon trail in the Little Jacks Creek […]

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2021 Mickinnick Trail

June 5 • North Idaho

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’ll cut out logs, do tread work, improve drainage, and trim back brush. Dates: June 5 Volunteer Limit: 25 Fee to Hold Spot: […]

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2021 Couer d’Alene NRT 20 Project

June 18-20 • North Idaho

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. Come for one, 2 or […]

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2021 Upper Priest River Trail 308

June 26-27 • North Idaho

Description: A two–day project that will take us to American Falls at the very northern end of the Idaho Centennial Trail (which is about 1,000 miles long). We will hike down the Continental Trail #28 then do bridge repair, rock work, tread repair, and other maintenance on trails #308 and 28. Dates: June 26 – […]

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2021 Hum Lake Project

July 3 • Payette National Forest

Description: Volunteers will meet at the Duck Lake/Hum Lake trailhead for ITA’s annual clean–up of this popular hiking trail outside of McCall. Project work will consist of repairing a bridge that was hit by a falling tree. If we have additional time, we will work our way up to the Hum Lake saddle, or until […]

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2021 Seven Devils Loop 5-Day

July 7-11 • Seven Devils Wilderness

Description: Seven Devils Loop is a 27-mile loop around the perimeter of the Seven Devils Peaks.  This is a 5-day self-supported backpacking trip starting and ending at Windy Saddle trailhead.  The project is logging out trees from the trail.  Volunteers will spend the week hiking and logging out the trail while improving the trail tread […]

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2021 Ball Lakes Trail 43 Project

July 10 • North Idaho

Description: We will cut back brush, remove logs, and improve the tread on this 3–mile trail that heads up to two beautiful alpine lakes in North Idaho. Elevation gain to the top is 1,300’ from the trail head. Dates: July 10 Volunteer Limit: 20 Fee to Hold Spot: No Difficulty: 2-moderate-longer hikes, elevation gain, heavier packs […]

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2021 Alice Toxaway Weeklong

July 14-20 • Sawtooth Wilderness

Description: Forest Service packers will haul in camp gear on Tuesday and meet the volunteers at Tin Cup trailhead on Wednesday morning. Packers will load volunteer gear and tools and lead the way to Toxaway Lake on one of Idaho’s most scenic backpacking loops. On this annual ITA project, volunteers will enjoy the luxury of […]

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2021 Fault Lake Trail 59 Weeklong

July 18-23 • North Idaho

Description: A 6–day project high in the Selkirk Mountains in North Idaho. Hike in about 5 miles to a great camp just below the lake and build a “turnpike” (raised walkway) through a swampy area. We’ll also do tread work, brushing, and drainage improvement. A backcountry horse crew will haul in our gear. Dates: July […]

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2021 Sawtooth Creek 5-Day

July 21-25 • Mallard Larkins Pioneer Area

Description: Volunteers will hike in from the Sawtooth Saddle Trailhead, a remote corner of the Mallard-Larkins Pioneer Area in the St Joe highcountry. The crew will hike down from the saddle and set up camp along Sawtooth Creek and continue last year’s project of opening this old trail. The work consists of heavy brushing and […]

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2021 Monday Hikers Blacktail Lake Trail 24 Project

July 26 • North Idaho

Description: This will be our second year partnering with the Sandpoint Monday Hiker group to work on this popular trail. We’ll do brushing and tread work for several hours and then turn the hikers loose to finish their walk to the lake and beyond. Dates: July 26 Volunteer Limit: No Limit Fee to Hold Spot: […]

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2021 Clifty Mountain off Trail 182 Project

July 31 • North Idaho

Description: This 2–mile section of trail leads to a magnificent view of North Idaho’s Kootenai River Valley and the surrounding mountains. We’ll do tread work and brushing, along with sawing logs off the trail. Join us for a nice Saturday project with a view!  Dates: July 31 Meet up time: TBD Location: Katka Peak Trailhead […]

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2021 North Fork Lick Creek 5 Day

August 1-5 • Payette National Forest

Description: This 5 day self-supported backpacking style trip will take volunteers into a beautiful hanging valley, tucked away off of Lick Crick Road outside McCall. Volunteers will hike in with tools and gear and set up camp along the North Fork of Lick Creek. Work will consist of tying in this trail up and over […]

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2021 Harvey Mountain Trail 156

August 14 • North Idaho

Description: ITA volunteers will work on this scenic trail that goes 2 miles and gains 1,100’ to the great views from the top of Harvey Mountain. This summit is only ½ mile south of the Canadian border. Join us for a nice day out giving back to our North Idaho trails! Dates: August 14 Volunteer […]

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2021 Bacon Creek Loop Weeklong

August 15-21 • North Idaho - St Joe

Description: The crew will meet at the Red Ives Guard Station at the end of the St Joe River Road out of St Maries, ID. Volunteers will meet the packers who will bring in the ITA camp kitchen and food on this fully supported trail work trip. Camp will be along the St Joe River […]

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2021 Caton Lake 5-Day

August 20-24 • Boise National Forest

Description: This year, ITA volunteers return to Caton Lake for the 5th season running! This will be a self-supported backpacking style trip where volunteers will purchase and prepare their own food.. This is a great place to start exploring the South Fork Salmon River backcountry between Cascade and Yellowpine. We’ll set up our first camp […]

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2021 Gordon Creek 161 Project

August 28 • North Idaho

Description: This 3-mile trail gains 1,700’ climbing up to the Pend Oreille Divide Trail, high above Lake Darling in upper Lightning Creek drainage. We will log out the trail and do some brushing and tread work. Join us for a fun 1-day project outside of Clark Fork, ID. Dates: August 28 Volunteer Limit: 20 Fee […]

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2021 Vance Lake Weeklong

August 29-September 4 • Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

Description: The ITA crew will meet the outfitters at Paradise Campground Sunday morning. We will pack in a light weight kitchen, tools, and some of the volunteers’ gear. It is a 14-mile hike in to the project location, climbing very gently along White Cap Creek. We will set up camp near the creek and continue […]

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2021 Sheep Creek Fall Jet Boat Trip

September 5-11 • Gospel Hump Wilderness

Description: This will be a follow-up to our Spring jet boat trip, continuing work up the remote Sheep Creek drainage in the Gospel Hump Wilderness near Riggins. The crew will jet boat in from Vinegar Creek Boat Launch to Sheep Creek Beach, and hike in with gear and tools to set up  camp about 5 […]

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2021 Parker Ridge Trail 221 Project

September 10-12 • North Idaho

Description: This project will be a 3-day backpack up to a high camp at beautiful Long Mountain Lake. Volunteers work on the Parker Ridge Trail and the spur down to the lake (which has been stocked with arctic grayling). Project work will consist primarily of tread work and brushing. Dates: September 10 – 12 Volunteer […]

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2021 Chimney Rock Trail 256 Project

September 25 • North Idaho

Description: On this National Public Lands Day trail project, ITA volunteers will work on this beautiful 6-mile hiking trail that leads from upper Pack River to the foot of iconic Chimney Rock on the crest of the Selkirk Mountains. Enjoy this opportunity to celebrate your Public Lands and get out to the high country before […]

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2021 Kirkwood Pack Bridge Project

October 1-3 • Hells Canyon Wilderness

Description: Jet boat shuttle provided by Wallowa-Whitman NF shuttle crew from Pittsburgh Landing on Friday morning, October 1st. The crew will assist Forest Service personnel in finishing a rebuild of the pack bridge along the main Snake River trail at Kirkwood Ranch. Jet boat shuttle back to Pittsburgh Landing Sunday morning, October 3rd. Work on […]

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