Project Description: Volunteers will be working on the West Fork Trail- digging, heavy lifting, spiking, and wood drilling on the West Fork Trail. Currently, deteriorated puncheon, skewed culverts, and narrow boggy pathways make the trail unsafe. Over 500 feet of puncheon walkway needs to be replaced or stabilized. There will be a wide range of tasks so that people of all abilities can contribute. Trail work in the Panhandle is challenging but the views and vistas make it rewarding!
Hosting Organization: US Forest Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Backpacking 2 Miles to Basecamp (Day Hiking Up to 2 Miles Per Day)
Work Level: Very Strenuous
Minimum Age: 14
Area and Attractions: Idaho Panhandle National Forest is renowned for its wildlife and diversity of high elevation plants. It is home to moose, deer, goats, black and grizzly bears, cougars, pikas, and diverse avian life. There are three high elevation lakes, long open ridges, streams, and a myriad of meadows that the volunteers can explore during their day off.
Accommodations: Primitive Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will camp on the Ranger Station lawn the first night or can make reservations with any number of local hotels. For the remainder of the week, volunteers will be staying in primitive tent sites in a back country setting. We will base camp around a large high elevation meadow nestled up against a Natural Research Area. There is a stream close by for water. The Forest Service will provide a main rain fly and all the cook gear necessary. We will set up composting toilets and areas suitable for volunteers to wash their hands. Showers will not be available. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, cup/bowl, eating utensils, and personal items.
Climate Information: Idaho weather is unpredictable and changeable. Generally, late July days are sunny and warm, with substantially cooler temperatures in the evening. Rain in the mountains is a good possibility. There are no poisonous bugs or snakes: nor is there any poison ivy or oak, but mosquitos are common. We recommend a hat for sun, and one for cooler temperatures, layered clothing, and a fleece for the evening. Please bring full rain gear, not just a rain poncho, to protect in both wind and/or storms.
Travel Information: Airport pickup provided from Spokane International Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 12