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Trail Monitoring Projects

For these Trail Monitoring Projects, ITA Volunteers spend a week hiking trails in the Wilderness using smart phones to collect data for Land Managers. We record gps tracks of trails, create detailed trail condition reports, and inventory Wilderness Impact Sites.

Generally, these hikes will be about 10-miles per day up to 50 miles. You can expect to face some challenging trail conditions. To register for these projects we ask that you contact the project leader. They will help to gauge your backpacking experience and help you find the appropriate project. These monitoring projects are a great way to build your Wilderness backpacking confidence!

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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Trail Maintenance Projects

WOW! Women’s Only Projects

Youth Maintenance Projects

Upcoming Projects:


Salmo-Priest Monitoring

July 27-31 • Salmo-Priest Wilderness

If are interested in joining this project, please look over this COVID-19 questionnaire first to determine if it is safe for you to participate. Project: Salmo-Priest Monitoring Description: A 5-day, 33-mile backpack loop located a few miles south of the Canadian border. We’ve been asked by the US Forest Service to walk trails 506, 2081, […]

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