Project Description: Help construct an important connector trail between the Arizona National Scenic Trail and the Lakeview Campground on the Coconino National Forest south of Flagstaff. You will learn and refine important trail construction skills, including benching, rock work, creating sustainable switchbacks for a variety of trail users, and brushing the corridor. Work will take place among the ponderosa pines near 7,000′ elevation.
Hosting Organization: Arizona Trail Association
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 4 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Difficult
Minimum Age: 12
Area and Attractions: Coconino National Forest is among the most popular destinations for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties. With the San Francisco Peaks (12,633 ft.) towering in the distance, nearby access to Grand Canyon National Park, and the cliff dwellings of Walnut Canyon National Monument, this project will give you an opportunity to get to know the natural wonders of northern Arizona. Volunteers can look forward to a guided hike with amazing views along Grand Canyon's South Rim. The crew will do a half-day hike down the Arizona Trail (South Kaibab Trail), eat lunch among the colorful cliffs, then hike back out with time to wander around historic attractions like Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, and Kolb Studio.
Accommodations: Car-Camping Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will stay in car camping tent sites at the Lakeview Campground, which offers picnic tables and vault toilets. Coleman twin-burner stoves, skillets, pots, pans and other camp kitchen necessities will be made available for campers. Showers available at end of trip. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, eating utensils/Tupperware/bowl and personal items.
Climate Information: May is an amazing time to be in northern Arizona. Wildflowers emerge from the ground and the climate is generally calm, with highs reaching 75 and lows near 40 degrees at night. The forest provides good shade cover for those looking to escape the heat of the desert just a few hours away.
Travel Information: Airport pickup provided from Flagstaff International Airport
Maximum # of Volunteers: 20