Project Description: Volunteers will focus on maintaining four to five bridges that are experiencing erosion due to improper design within the High Uintas Wilderness. Work requires transporting small rocks and dirt from a nearby site to the bridges. (Heavy lifting is NOT anticipated with this project.) Additional projects include cleaning water bars and check dams, trash collection, and campsite rehabilitation. The High Uinta’s Wilderness is a high altitude area ranging from 8,000-13,000′.
Hosting Organization: US Forest Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Backpacking 4 Miles to Basecamp (Day Hiking Up to 2 Miles Per Day)
Work Level: Difficult
Minimum Age: 18
Area and Attractions: The High Uintas Wilderness is the largest wilderness in Utah and is famous for its more than 1,000 isolated lakes which provide many opportunities for fishing and scenic pictures. Many people from around the state, nation, and world travel here to experience seclusion and natural beauty. The Grandaddy Basin, where the project will be located, is a 2.5 hour drive from Salt Lake City and is a favorite of many. Make sure to bring a camera! Volunteers can go on day hikes, fish, swim, or join a Wilderness Ranger on their patrol. A day hike to a historical structure will be included.
Accommodations: Primitive Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in primitive tent sites. Showers will be available at the end of the week. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, cup/bowl, eating utensils, and personal items. The FS can provide camping gear if needed.
Climate Information: The High Uinta's Wilderness is a high altitude ranging from 8,000-13,000 ft. During the summer months one can expect to see a varying degree of weather and severity. Volunteers can expect to see thunder storms in the afternoon and cooler temperatures (40s) at night. We advise good rain gear, gear for colder weather (possibly snow), sturdy tents, durable backpacking boots, and a warm sleeping bag (30 degree and below is advised). Rangers receive daily weather updates while out in the field.
Travel Information: Airport pickup will be provided from Salt Lake International Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 8