TRAIL WORK

Providing wilderness stewardship - trail maintenance, restoration and monitoring is the mission of the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation.  SBFC's professional staff, Wilderness Ranger Interns and volunteers participate in multi-day trips in the Selway-Bitterroot and Frank Church Wilderness areas, maintaining and opening trails and monitoring wilderness character.  Wilderness stewardship can be hard work, but ask any of our past volunteers and they will tell you that it's a fabulous experience and terrific opportunity.  Working as an SBFC volunteer crew member is one of the most rewarding wilderness experiences you can have.

 

 

2017 Wilderness Volunteer Trips:

Please consider the following rating scale before you sign up for a trip:

1- Easy; May include car-camping, less than a 5 mile hike to base-camp, or hiking over easy terrain.

2- Fairly Easy; May include less than an 8 mile hike to base-camp, pack-supported travel, or hiking and working in average terrain.

3- Moderate; May include an average amount of hiking over variable terrain with a standard work-load.

4-Challenging; May include hikes with significant elevation gain, long distance, or challenging work-loads.

5-Very Challenging; May include backpacking, bumping base-camp without stock, or carrying heavy gear and tools for several miles at a time.

 

mill creek Trail, bitterroot National forest

national Trails day: june 3, 2017

9am-4pm

Join SBFC Staff, Wilderness Interns, and USFS personnel to perform much needed maintenance within the first mile on the popular Mill Creek Trail #364. Work includes brushing, cleaning drains, and installing rock check steps in order to make a steep section of the trail more easily accessible for stock and foot travel.

Rating: 1 (Easy)

We will have a BBQ at the trail-head after work to thank all of our wonderful volunteers!


Upper Yellowjacket Trail, Salmon-Challis National ForesT    

June 14-20, 2017

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Join SBFC staff, Wilderness Interns and USFS staff in the Bighorn Crags area of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  The project is a continuation of the 2014 project: a re-route around a bog that will make the Upper Yellowjacket Trail passable again, with lots of digging!  We will meet at the historic Yellowjacket Guard Station and hike about 4 miles to the work-site, then set up camp in a wilderness meadow. Pack support will be provided to carry group gear, food, and tools. The group will meet at the Yellowjacket Guard Station the evening of 6/14.

Rating: 2 (Fairly Easy)

 


St. Mary's Peak Trail, Bitterroot National FOrest   

july 1-3, 2017    

Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

Join us for a fun weekend with SBFC staff and Wilderness Interns as we continue our annual tradition of opening the trail to the historic , 9,000 foot St. Mary’s Peak Fire Lookout. Learn how to use a cross-cut saw and axe to clear trees from the trail. We will also repair and maintain water-bars. This is a great opportunity to help us accomplish needed trail work above tree line in one of the most scenic areas in the Bitterroot. We will be car-camping in Stevensville and commuting to the work-site each day.

Rating: 2 (Fairly Easy)

 


Marble Creek Trail, payette National Forest    

July 12-18, 2017

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Join SBFC staff and Wilderness Interns to perform a second year of trail opening and maintenance on the Marble Creek section of the 900 mile Idaho Centennial Trail. Volunteers will learn to use crosscuts, single-bit axes, Pulaskis and pick mattocks to clear the trail, remove downed trees and repair tread. This project is located in a remote and inspiring area of the Frank Church Wilderness. Pack support will be provided for group gear, tools, and food.

Rating: 3 (Moderate)

 


Blodgett Canyon, Bitterroot national Forest    

July 13-16, 2017

Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

Blodgett Canyon has long been a major thoroughfare and destination for Native American Indians, trappers, and mountain travelers in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The trail threads through a beautiful glacier-carved canyon and provides a perfect backdrop for a wilderness experience. With basecamp at the 7-mile meadow, SBFC Staff, Interns and Volunteers will use crosscuts and single-bit axes to continue clearing the remains of a 2015 microburst. Pack support will be provided to carry group gear, food, and tools.

Rating: 4 (Challenging)

 


Cove Lakes Trail, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest    

July 26-31, 2017

Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

Join SBFC staff and Wilderness Interns to clear trees up Trail #3 about 5.5 miles to the beautiful Cove Lakes, with a base camp on the edge of the lake. The hike will be moderately challenging, gaining about 1600’ in elevation with beautiful scenery along the way. We will continue to clear past the lakes towards Eagle Mountain trail #206. Volunteers will learn to use traditional tools, including cross-cut saws and single-bit axes. If we are lucky, some of the huckleberries will be ripe enough for pancakes!

                                                                                                             Rating: 3 (Moderate)


Walton Lakes Trail, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest 

August 8-14, 2017

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Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

Join SBFC staff and Wilderness Interns to clear the Walton Lakes Trail #79 in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, using crosscut saws and traditional tools. The lovely Walton Lakes sit at the base of a rock-covered hillside.  Beautiful views, fishing and soaking your feet in a crystal-clear lake at the end of a work day on the trail are some of the wilderness rewards this project offers. Pack support will be provided for group gear, food, and tools.

Rating: 3 (Moderate)


Middle Fork Trail, Salmon-Challis National Forest    

August 23-28, 2017

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Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Join SBFC and US Forest Service staff to maintain the Middle Fork Trail, the longest wilderness trail in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.  The trail is heavily used by backpackers and stock packers and follows the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River for many miles. Enjoy relaxing on the white sandy beaches along the river and gazing at the beautiful wildflowers scattered among the trail side. Volunteers will use crosscuts and single-bit axes to clear trees in the corridor and Pulaskis and pick-mattocks to repair tread. Pack support will be provided for group gear, food and tools.

Rating: 4 (Challenging)

 


Northern Frank Tour, Bitterroot National Forest   

September 5-10 2017

Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Join SBFC staff to help clear the Harrington Ridge loop,  deep in the remote Wilderness. This portion of silver forest allows for expansive views of the steep canyons that define the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. We will meet and camp along the Magruder Corridor the evening of the 5th. The following day the group will hike approximately 10 miles into Swet Lake Cabin from the Salmon Base Camp trailhead.  After basing camp at the cabin, we will bump camp and gear along the loop to make the daily commute easier as needed. Volunteers should bring a large backpack to help carry group items. Pack support will be provided. The evening of September 5th we will meet at the Sam Billings Campground on the Bitterroot NF and car-pool to the trailhead.

Rating: 5 (Very Challenging)


Stanley Hot Springs, Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest    

September 20-24

Stanley Hot Springs is one of the most popular destinations on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest!  This annual, late-season project is an opportunity to clear, brush, and tidy up the trails surrounding the Boulder Creek Trail, before winter arrives. In September, daily temperatures are usually comfortable during the day and cool during the evenings, making an evening soak in the hot springs a wonderful experience. Group gear and tools will be packed in by stock. This project offers a nice balance of hard work and relaxation!

Rating: 1 (Easy)