Several volunteers and groups came together to make the West Fork Camas Creek Project a great success. The Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation financially supported this venture, allowing the Backcountry Horsemen to pack in horses and food for our trip. The Student Conservation Association joined in to see that we met our trail maintenance goals and objectives.

Magdaline, one of the SCA interns learned several positive lessons while working in the wilderness. As she proclaimed, “The first lesson is that backpacking with tools is really hard. The second lesson is that the Backcountry Horsemen sure know how to cook. The last lesson is that if you are going to be doing stream crossings during work you should definitely have a spare pair of shoes.”

Trail work may be hard, but Magdaline reminded us that trail work is very rewarding work. “Despite sore feet and being more tired that I have ever been in my entire life, this was probably my favorite hitch so far. We got to see some amazing parts of the Frank Church.”

During their 8 days in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, volunteers cleared 9 miles of trail, reconstructed 1 mile of trail, and cut out 21 trees. Thank you to all of our partners, SBFC, SCA, and BCH for helping to make this project a great time and a wonderful success.