July 7th-14th was one of the hottest weeks of the summer. Despite the sweltering heatr, several volunteers gathered to help maintain the Pistol Creek Trail in the Frank Church – River of No Return Wilderness. They arrived and started setting up their camp. Their meals were prepared by the Backcountry Horsemen. With the objective to clear brush, deadfall, and repair tread, they did just that.
Working eight-hour days, they contributed a combined 208 hours of volunteer service. Volunteers maintained 11 miles of trail and cleared an astonishing 129 logs and trees from the trail!
With all that hard work, what else could they have possibly done? Well, this group was a bunch of rock stars. They also spent time cleaning 20 waterbars and installed 7 new ones. But that is not all! They also constructed a 20-foot cribwall, inventoried 1 acre of weeds, and removed a campfire ring.
A BIG thank you to all the Pistol Creek Volunteers and Debra Ellers, our our project leader for all the hard work they put into this project! The numbers show their commitment to trails and future trail users.
The Idaho Trails Association also wants to thank the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation for their financial support and trail crew leadership.
Looking to clear trails in the Frank church wilderness, Elk Creek trail in Bear Valley.
1 – Is all work done with non-motorized tools? Axe and saw; no chainsaws?
2 – can we get reimbursed for expenditures?
3 – do we need a permit of any kind?