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Youth Projects

Our ITA Youth Trail Crew Program provides opportunities for youth ages 14-18 to learn about the outdoors while building and maintaining hiking trails in a safe, teamwork-oriented environment throughout the state of Idaho. Students will have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes, commitment and skills needed to become stewards of public lands and to create new patterns of behavior as a whole towards the environment.

Our trips are led by experienced crew leaders who are passionate about the outdoors. These week-long projects allow teens to meet new friends, try new things and explore Idaho’s best outdoor places. ITA will provide all the meals and supervision for the week. Tents, sleeping bags, and pads are available. Crew leaders will have cell phones/radios in case of emergency.

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. Volunteers must be between the ages of 14-18 and do not need to be accompanied by an adult. Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions about our projects. Contact trails@idahotrailsassociation.org if you have any questions about our youth 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.

Click to see more projects:

Trail Maintenance Projects

Trail Monitoring Projects

WOW! Women’s Only Projects

Upcoming Projects:


2021 Johnson Saddle Youth Project

May 30-June 5 • Gospel Hump Wilderness

Description: Volunteers from this project will come from a partnership with Wild Hearts Idaho, a local community youth organization. For youth projects with open sign ups, check our other Youth Projects on the previous page. The crew arrives at Wind River Pack Bridge Saturday afternoon, May 30 and camps at the trailhead.  On Sunday morning […]

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2021 Rapid River Youth Project

June 20-26 • Hells Canyon Wilderness

Description: Volunteers will hike into Copper Creek on the Wild and Scenic Rapid River. Starting at Rattlesnake Springs trailhead on Whitebird Ridge (SW of Riggins), the crew will hike into the Heavens Gate Outfitter Copper Creek camp, which includes a cook and eating tent. Trail work will be based out of this camp; crew will […]

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2021 Loon Creek Youth Project

July 5-11 • Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Description: The crew will fly from McCall to Lower Loon Creek via Sawtooth Flying Service on Monday, July 5.  The trip will be based out of Middle Fork Outfitters, Lower Loon Creek Ranch. The crew will camp at the ranch, do day trips, and return each night. There may be an overnight on the mountain, […]

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2021 East Fork Wood-Little Wood Youth

July 18-24 • Sawtooth National Forest

Description: Participants will meet at the Federal Gulch Campground along the East Fork Road (east of Hailey, Idaho); camp will be at Federal Gulch or at the end of the road/trailhead approximately 3 miles east (TBD). Work will be on the trail to PK Pass from the end of the East Fork Road, with the […]

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2021 Emerald Lake Youth Project

August 1-7 • Hells Canyon Wilderness

Description: Youth Volunteers will meet at the beautiful Blake Lake campground/trail head. The crew will hike over a saddle into Emerald Lake carrying daypacks, lunch, water, and tools. All other gear, food, and kitchen will be packed in on mules. We will set up camp on the East side of the lake with excellent views […]

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2021 Mattingly Creek Youth

August 22-28 • Sawtooth Wilderness

Description: Youth Volunteers will meet Forest Service packers at the trailhead near Alturas Lake. It is about a 3-mile hike up to the Alturas/Mattingly divide where the crew will hike down to set up camp along Mattingly Creek. From there, the crew will work their way down towards the Middle Fork of the Boise, clearing […]

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