Project Description: Volunteers will be working on general trail clearing and maintenance in the Clark’s Fork River drainage and the Beartooth Plateau. Trail clearing and maintenance includes clearing downed trees across trails, cleaning of water bars, and removing trailside brush using crosscut saws, axes, shovels, Pulaski’s, and loppers. Maintenance may also include some work repairing trail bridges. Work would involve hiking several miles per day (6-12 miles) clearing trails in the picturesque Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness.
Hosting Organization: US Forest Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 12 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Strenuous
Minimum Age: 16
Area and Attractions: Cooke City is a small mountain town located near the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It is a primary portal to the Beartooth Plateau portion of the Absaroka and Beartooth Wilderness Area that sports spectacular scenery, wildlife, fishing, and outdoor recreation. The area is rich in history and offers outdoor enthusiasts an array of adventures from week-long backpack trips to shorter day hikes to one of over 600 high alpine lakes. Elevation in the area ranges from 7,500 to 11,000 feet.
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in the Cooke City cabin, which is located about two miles from Cooke City and can accommodate up to six people in bunks. The cabin has electicity and is road accessible. The cabin has cooking facilities including and electric stove, microwave, refrigerator, cooking gear, wood stove and electric heat. Showers will be available at the end of the week. Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bags, pads, and personal gear.
Climate Information: Snow from the previous winter will still be present at higher elevations. Weather can be pleasant to extreme and may change hourly. Temperatures typically vary between near freezing at night to up to 80
Travel Information: Airport pickup provided from Bozeman International Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 6