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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.

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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Trail Maintenance Projects

WOW! Women’s Only Projects

Youth Maintenance Projects

Upcoming Projects:


Gospel Hump Monitoring

June 21-27 • Gospel Hump Wilderness

Project: Gospel Hump Monitoring Description: Volunteers will hike 50-miles in the Salmon River Breaks. This loop will start and end at the Halfway House trailhead outside Dixie, ID. We will hike up the War Eagle Trail to Oregon Butte Lookout, and then descend down Sheep Creek to the Salmon River, heading upstream to Shepp Ranch […]

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Seven Devils Monitoring (Full)

June 28-July 4 • Hells Canyon Wilderness

Project: Seven Devils Monitoring Description: We’ll be hiking 50 miles through the Seven Devils in Hells Canyon Wilderness outside of Riggins. The loop starts and ends at Windy Saddle Trailhead. Volunteers will be hiking the whole loop, including side trails and the Dry Diggins/Bernard Lakes Area. Time permitting we will drop down Granite and Little […]

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Salmo-Priest Monitoring

July 27-31 • Salmo-Priest Wilderness

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, 349, 315, and 512 to assess their condition and the need for maintenance. We’ll start by dropping down to the Salmo River in the […]

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