On Tuesday, July 26, eleven volunteers helped work on the final sections of the new Bee Top Connector Trail in the Sandpoint Ranger District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. This new trail will re-open access to the Bee Top/Round Top Trail #120 from the east end for the first time in many years.
The ITA volunteers re-built a section of the new trail that had been destroyed in a storm last fall. We completed a by-pass trail around the damaged section, then dug out rocks and roots and did finish grading on about 1 ½ miles of the Connector. The eleven volunteers completed all the planned work in a single.
An Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC) youth group working for the Forest Service was digging the very last ½ mile of the new trail ahead of our ITA volunteers. The ICC is expecting to complete that last section of the new Connector trail in August.
Trail #120 is regarded by many to be one of the most beautiful trails in northern Idaho. It travels for 18 miles along scenic alpine ridge tops that are 4,000’ above Lake Pend Oreille. Trail #120 is also part of the 900 mile long Idaho Centennial Trail.