We will be releasing our 2022 project schedule soon! Signups are available in March for members and in April for the public. Click here to learn all about becoming a member.

This is your chance to join us for a trail work project and give back to the Idaho trails you love!

Since 2010, we have taught crews of volunteers how to maintain trails and have led over 200 trips. Many of our projects have gone on for several consecutive years, allowing us to make a real impact on some of Idaho’s favorite hiking destinations. 

By signing up to volunteer with ITA, you are helping to support public lands and preserve Idaho trails for the next generation. Our trips are a great way to meet people and enjoy the outdoors at the same time!

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.

Whether you are looking for an easy one-day project, a weekend getaway, or a week-long work vacation, you are sure to find a project that is right for you. Our projects range in difficulty from easy to very strenuous. See project rating scale below.

Some of our longer projects require volunteers to pay a deposit in order to join the trip. We’ve had trouble with people backing out of trips at the last minute and this can really affect the productivity of the overall project. By charging a refundable fee, people are less likely to cancel their reservation. This fee is refundable to all volunteers that come on the trip. Refunds will not be given to volunteers that do not show up or cancel their reservation. Exceptions will be made for medical reasons or unforeseen circumstances. Volunteers can choose to donate the deposit to ITA. All donations are tax-deductible and will go towards maintaining trails throughout Idaho. 

In response to COVID-19, we are asking everyone who signs up for a project to take this questionnaire to determine if it is safe to join. Please see also our volunteer guidelines for staying safe during trail work projects.

Project rating scale:

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.

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.

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.

Trail Project Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How much work experience do I need?

Answer: None. We work hard to teach our volunteers the joy of trail maintenance. We hope by investing our time in teaching you trail maintenance you’ll come back and join us again. However, if you have previous trail maintenance experience, please let us know in advance.

Question: What should I bring?

Answer: We will provide you with a basic list of the fundamentals before the project. In most cases, you will need to bring your own supplies for camping overnight if it is a multi-day trip. We do have some extra equipment like tents, sleeping bags, and backpacks. Let us know if you’d like to borrow one of these! Please do not bring your own tools.

Question: Do I have to pay a fee to sign up for a project?

Answer: Some of our longer projects do require you to pay a deposit in order to join the trip. We’ve had trouble with people backing out of trips at the last minute and this can really affect the productivity of the overall project. By charging a refundable fee, people are less likely to cancel their reservation. This fee is refundable to all volunteers that come on the trip. Refunds will not be given to volunteers that do not show up or cancel less than a month out from the start of the project. Exceptions will be made for medical reasons or unforeseen circumstances. Volunteers can choose to donate the deposit to ITA. All donations are tax-deductible and will go towards maintaining trails throughout Idaho.

Question: Do I have to bring food?

Answer: Some of our trips are “supported” meaning that we will provide a chef and the food for the trip. Other projects are “self-supported” and this means you will have to bring your own food.

Question: Does ITA provide transportation?

Answer: Unfortunately Idaho Trails Association is unable to provide transportation for liability reasons. However, when you register for a trail project, please tell us if you are interested in carpooling with other participating volunteers and if you are willing to drive, need a ride, or are willing to drive or ride. We will put you in touch with other participating volunteers by e-mail to organize meeting times, meeting locations and other transportation logistics. We will only share your e-mail address. We never share your phone number with anyone without your permission. Remember, if you are a rider, please be courteous and offer to chip in on the cost of gas! If you do not wish to carpool we will provide you with directions to the project work site.

Question: Can I arrive late or leave early?

Answer: Please coordinate with us first by calling or sending an e-mail.

Question: Can I bring my kids?

Answer: Yes! Participants less than 18 years of age must be registered by their parent or guardian. Participants under the age of 16 must also be accompanied by an adult on our one day trail work parties. On our overnight or multiple day trail work trips, no participants under the age of 16 are allowed and participants of the ages 16 -17 must be accompanied by an adult. For our Youth projects, volunteers ages 14-18 may participate and do not need to be accompanied by an adult.

Question: Can I bring a pet?

Answer: Sorry, please do not bring any pets. We have found that pets can be a significant distraction and in some rare cases, a safety hazard. Even if you are confident in your own pet’s behavior, we must apply the rules fairly to everyone.

If you have any questions, please email trails@idahotrailsassociation.org!