Volunteer Project Schedule

2024 Selway River Trail

Paradise Campground Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

The Selway River Trail travels through a pristine Wilderness area, following the Wild and Scenic Selway River. Accessing the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, this popular trail is enjoyed by backpackers, boaters, and equestrians, but thick, thorny brush has made several sections difficult to navigate. Over the last few seasons, ITA has ... Read More

2024 Middle Fork (Full)

Middle Fork Transfer Camp & Trailhead Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Photo copyright: Michael Lanza/The Big Outside In August of 2022, the Middle Fork Trail #4001 was damaged by strong thunderstorms in an area of high burn severity from the Boundary Fire of 2021. Several locations along the Middle Fork Trail were damaged and have made this important trail impassable ... Read More

2024 Kootenai Point (Full)

Kootenai Ridge Road Idaho Panhandle National Forest

In the Selkirk Mountains above Bonners Ferry, ITA, along with the Forest Service, will spend a weekend working on a new hiking and mountain biking trail under construction. Starting near the upper trailhead off Snow Creek Road, volunteers will help polish up a recently built trail, establish new tread, ... Read More

2024 Bogus Basin – Women in the Wild (Full)

Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area Boise Foothills

ITA’s Women in the Wild Program will be joining Bogus Basin for a day of trail work maintaining pedestrian only trails near their Nordic Lodge. Part of a Bogus Basin initiative to make recreation more accessible to the public, these trails are intended to be shorter than others in ... Read More

2024 Ditch Creek

Shearer Airstrip Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

UPDATE: This project was originally part of our Veterans Program but now is open for all volunteers to sign up. Deep in the beautiful Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, we’ll work up the Ditch Creek Trail to the Moose Ridge Trail, one of the most remote sections of the Idaho Centennial ... Read More

2024 Copper Creek – Trail Creek – Youth

Rattlesnake Trailhead Rapid River Wild And Scenic River

Along the Rapid River Wild and Scenic River, ITA is hosting a weeklong youth (ages 14-18) project to work on the Copper Creek and Trail Creek Trails. These trails climb out of the Rapid River corridor up into the surrounding mountains. We will meet at the Rattlesnake Trailhead, with ... Read More

2024 Roundtop Mountain (Full)

Wellington Creek Road Idaho Panhandle National Forest

High above Lake Pend Oreille, we’ll be working the short section of trail that goes to the summit of Roundtop Mountain (elevation 6,037). Starting from the top of Wellington Creek Road, the Mt. Eagen Trail makes a few switchbacks up to Roundtop Peak, then continues along the ridge for ... Read More

2024 Hum Lake (Full)

Duck/Hum Lake Trailhead Payette National Forest

This is ITA’s annual clean-up of the Hum Lake Trail. We’ll remove any trees that have fallen on the trail over the winter and clear out drains and water bars as we go. This popular trail leads to amazing views, beautiful lakes, and abundant wildflowers. This area of the ... Read More

2024 Beetop Roundtop

Wellington Creek Road Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Beetop-Roundtop trail is considered one of the most beautiful in northern Idaho, and ITA has been helping keep it in good shape since 2016. Starting from the top of Wellington Creek Road, we’ll do three days of tread work, brushing, and sawing out logs along the Beetop-Roundtop Trail. We’ll ... Read More

2024 Gospel Hump Wilderness Monitoring (Full)

Wildhorse Campground Gospel Hump Wilderness

The Gospel Hump Wilderness is as beautiful as it is rugged. Ranging from heavily-forested higher elevation areas and mountain peaks to the Salmon River at its southern border, there are endless opportunities for solitude and adventure. We are going to spend five days backpacking through this beautiful area collecting ... Read More

2024 Six Lakes Basin (Full)

Black Lake Road Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

In the rugged mountains south of the Seven Devils, volunteers will hike, and their gear will be packed by pack string into a base camp in the Six Lakes Basin for a week of trail maintenance. We’ll work on trails from camp which make up several loop options for ... Read More

2024 Settlers Cedar Grove

Settler's Grove Interpretive Trailhead Idaho Panhandle National Forest

In this incredible area of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest is the Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars. ITA will be working on the Settler's Grove Interpretive Trail, which follows the west fork of Eagle Creek, crossing over foot bridges through ancient cedars, some estimated at over 600 years old. ... Read More

2024 Twenty Mile – Backpacking 101 (Full)

Twenty Mile Lakes Trailhead Payette National Forest

This Backpacking 101 course/trail project will provide a chance for new and experienced backpackers to get together and share ideas on how to better enjoy this sport. We will be working on the Twenty Mile and Twenty Mile Lakes Trails north of McCall in the Payette National Forest. We'll ... Read More

2024 Fault Lake

Fault Lake Trailhead Idaho Panhandle National Forest

In the mountains north of Sandpoint, ITA is hosting a one-day project to improve tread on sections of the Fault Lake Trail. This trail leads to Fault Lake and McCormick Lake and is used often by hikers as well as equestrians. We will spend the day working on improving ... Read More

2024 Lake Creek

Halfway House Campground Gospel Hump Wilderness

On this project, ITA volunteers will spend four nights backpacking and exploring the Gospel Hump Wilderness. Starting from Halfway House Campground near Dixie, Idaho, the crew will backpack up the Lake Creek trail to a camp near the junction with Jumbo Canyon. Lake Creek trail follows close to the creek ... Read More

2024 Kirkwood Bridge- Staging (Full)

Pittsburg Landing Boat Launch

ITA and the Hells Canyon Recreation Collaborative (HCRC) are partnering with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest to replace two bridges at Kirkwood Ranch, deep in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area along the Snake River. Volunteers will jet boat from Pittsburg Landing to the Pittsburg Administrative Site (just across the ... Read More

2024 Emerald Lake

Black Lake Campground Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Deep in the remote Hells Canyon Wilderness, this backpacking trip will bring volunteers up and over ridges into lake basins to spend five days in some of the most rugged and beautiful country in Idaho. Volunteers will meet Wednesday morning at Black Lake Campground and backpack up Black Lake/Horse ... Read More

2024 Taylor Basin (Full)

Moose Creek Trailhead Jedediah Smith Wilderness

ITA and Teton Valley Trails and Pathways (TVTP) are partnering for a week of clearing trails in the Jedediah Smith Wilderness. We’ll meet at Moose Creek Trailhead, and pack support will help bring the crew and kitchen gear into Taylor Basin. We’ll base camp here under Taylor Mountain (elevation ... Read More

2024 Baron Creek – Youth (Full)

Grandjean Sawtooth National Recreation Area/Sawtooth Wilderness

In the Sawtooth Wilderness, this self-supported youth backpacking crew will work from Grandjean Campground towards Baron Lake. With camping options along the way, we will bump up camp as we work up, passing Baron Creek Falls and hopefully making it all the way to Baron Lake. This trail travels ... Read More

2024 Wilderness Immersion

Windy Saddle Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

This 3-week trip is designed to provide volunteers with an opportunity to be completely immersed in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. We will backpack in, with pack support, and work to help clear a remote section of the Idaho Centennial Trail starting at Windy Saddle on the south end and ending ... Read More

2024 Divide Lake (Full)

Boulder Meadows Parking Area Idaho Panhandle National Forest

ITA is partnering with the Idaho Panhandle National Forest for a week working along the Timber Mountain trail. Starting from the beautiful Boulder Meadows, we’ll hike to the end of the valley then up to the ridge where we’ll set up a base camp near Divide Lake. From here, we ... Read More

2024 Queens River – Youth (Full)

Queens River Trailhead Sawtooth National Recreation Area/Sawtooth Wilderness

In the Sawtooth Wilderness, ITA will be hosting a youth (ages 14-18) trail work project clearing up the Little Queens and Queens River Trails. We will camp at the Queens River trailhead, returning to camp each evening where we’ll have a volunteer cook to help prepare meals. Never a ... Read More

2024 Prairie Miner – Women in the Wild (Full)

Prairie Creek Trailhead Sawtooth National Recreation Area

ITA’s Women in the Wild Program will be joining the Wood River Trails Coalition for a weekend project clearing trail high in the Smoky Mountains. We’ll car camp near Prairie Creek Trailhead where we’ll work up towards the lakes below Norton Peak (10,322’). Avalanche debris and fallen trees can ... Read More

2024 East Fork Lost Creek

Lost Creek Dispersed Campground Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Join ITA for a weekend of trail work near Wallace, Idaho as we work on the East Fork Lost Creek Trail. This trail follows the creek it's named after for several miles before climbing up to Bobtail Ridge. We’ll work on trail maintenance, removing logs and brushing through this ... Read More

2024 Caton Lake – Women in the Wild

Rainbow Lake Trailhead Boise National Forest

On this Women in the Wild Project, volunteers will continue ITA’s work on the Caton Lake Trail in the Boise National Forest. Starting from the Caton Lake/Rainbow Lake Trailhead, pack llamas will help bring in some of our gear and the crew will establish a backcountry primitive basecamp at ... Read More

2024 Upper Little Granite Creek (Full)

Windy Saddle Trailhead Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

In the Hells Canyon Wilderness, ITA will continue work from a project earlier in the season focused on working up from the Snake River, clearing and improving the Little Granite Trail. This July project will base camp at Hibbs Cow Camp on the well-known Seven Devils Loop trail, working ... Read More

2024 Loon Creek – Youth (Full)

Secesh River Trailhead Payette National Forest

This will be year three of ITA’s youth (ages 14-18) program working on the Loon Creek Trail, and we've worked on every section between Chinook Campground and Lick Creek Road. This year, we’ll start at the Secesh River Trailhead, and work north to tie in with where the crew ... Read More

2024 Lolo Trail

No-see-um Meadows Lolo Trail National Historic Trail

Partnering with the Idaho Chapter of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, ITA is committing to help maintain the Lolo Trail National Historic Corridor. The Lolo Trail is the Nee Me Poo National Historic Trail plus the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and is about 90 miles ... Read More

2024 Heart Lake

Avery-Timber Creek Road Mallard Larkin Pioneer Area

ITA will spend a week working and camping in the beautiful and remote Mallard Larkin Pioneer Area in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. These trails have become difficult to hike, with a lot of brush and downfall, and this area has many options for backpacking or horse packing trips that ... Read More

2024 Blacktail Lake

Moose Lake Trailhead Idaho Panhandle National Forest

This is ITA’s annual trail work project with the Sandpoint Monday Hikers group. Anyone is welcome to join for a day of trail work and hiking! We’ll clear logs and brush the Blacktail Lake Trail for several hours and then turn everyone loose to finish their hike to the ... Read More

2024 Hulls Gulch (Full)

Upper Hulls Trailhead  Boise Foothills

Get out in the foothills and join us for an afternoon of trail work! We’ll be working along the Hulls Gulch Interpretive Trail, fixing the tread and clearing drains after the muddy season to keep this popular trail in tip-top shape all summer. ITA has adopted Hulls Gulch Interpretive ... Read More

2024 Moose Mountain

Moose Lake Trailhead Idaho Panhandle National Forest

In the Cabinet Mountains, we will work from the Moose Lake Trailhead up towards Moose Mountain (elevation 6,473). This trail has been severely overgrown the last few years and we will continue our progress removing trees and brushing so the trail is clear and visible for hikers. ITA has ... Read More

2024 Hanson Ridge

Kelly Creek Trailhead Great Burn Proposed Wilderness

In partnership with the Great Burn Conservation Alliance (GBCA), volunteers will gather for a week of trail work in this proposed Wilderness area. We'll hike along Kelly Creek to our base camp in Hanson Meadows, and from here we will work on sections of the Hanson Ridge Trail.  This ... Read More

2024 Farley Lake Puncheon (Full)

Petit Lake Campground Sawtooth National Recreation Area/Sawtooth Wilderness

ITA, Sawtooth Society, and the Sawtooth National Forest are partnering to help in a large puncheon replacement effort on the popular Alice-Toxaway loop, in the Sawtooth Wilderness. The work includes dismantling the old structure, importing rock to secure and level sills for the foundation, and nailing the decking in ... Read More

2024 Hells Half Acre (Full)

Hells Half Acre Lookout Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

Project Description: ITA and the Selway-Bitterroot Franck Church Foundation are partnering for a multiday project based out of Hells Half Acre Mountain (elevation 8110’) and working down into the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. We’ll work on the Grass Ridge Trail as it switchbacks down, following the ... Read More

2024 Pend Oreille Divide

Lunch Peak Lookout Idaho Panhandle National Forest

After a beautiful drive to Lunch Peak Lookout, we’ll meet with packers who will help bring in water and supplies in for a 4-day, 3-night backpacking project on the Pend Oreille Divide Trail.  ITA has been working on this trail for several years, tackling both the north and south ... Read More

2024 Hughes Fork

Hughes Meadows Idaho Panhandle National Forest

We’ll work on clearing the Hughes Fork Trail from the Hughes Meadows Road up to the top of the ridge. It has been many years since this trail has been logged out, so we’ll get to do lots of crosscut work as we travel up the valley into the ... Read More

2024 Scimitar Ridge

Cayuse Creek Trailhead Selway Bitterroot Wilderness

ITA will have an easy weekend project camping and working on the Scimitar Ridge Trail in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness. We'll car camp near the trailhead, just off the Magruder Road, and work up the ridge as it climbs towards Cayuse Mountain. We’ll remove logs, clean out trail drainages, ... Read More

2024 Cold Meadows (Full)

Cold Meadows Airstrip Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness

This fly-in project will drop volunteers deep in the backcountry for a week of backpacking and trail work in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness.  Starting from Cold Meadows backcountry airstrip, we work on clearing trails that form a loop through meadows, up and over ridges, and past ... Read More

2024 Caton Lake Fall

Rainbow Lake Trailhead Boise National Forest

Volunteers will continue ITA’s work up the Caton Lake Trail in the Boise National Forest, with one last push to the lake this year! Starting from the Caton Lake/Rainbow Lake Trailhead, we'll backpack our gear and establish a backcountry primitive basecamp at Caton Meadows. ITA has been working on ... Read More

2024 Ten Mile (Full)

Wildhorse Campground Gospel Hump Wilderness

Starting from the trailhead at Wildhorse Campground, volunteers will work up the Crystal Lake Trail toward North Pole Peak (8,800’). The trail climbs up a ridge, offering panoramic views of the Gospel Hump Wilderness. The crew will continue down the Tenmile Spur Trail, which drops into Tenmile Meadows miles below. We’ll ... Read More

2024 St. Joe Lake

Missoula Lake Campground Idaho Panhandle National Forest

We’re hosting a weeklong backcountry project working north and south along the State Line National Recreation Trail. We’ll have pack support to assist us in bringing personal gear to establish a base camp near St. Joe Lake. The lake sits about 1,000 feet below the ridge we're working along ... Read More

2024 Kirkwood Bridge (Full)

Pittsburg Landing Boat Launch

ITA and the Hells Canyon Recreation Collaborative (HCRC) are partnering with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest to replace two bridges at Kirkwood Ranch, deep in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area along the Snake River. Volunteers will jet boat from Pittsburg Landing to the Pittsburg Administrative Site (just across the ... Read More

2024 Yurt Trails Banner Ridge (Full)

Banner Ridge Yurt Boise National Forest

In partnership with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, volunteers will spend a weekend maintaining trails in the Idaho City Yurt System. This area is known for its scenic views and wide variety of recreational activities all year long. We’ll work on clearing logs, brushing, repairing tread, and ... Read More

2024 McCormick Lake – Women in the Wild (Full)

Fault Lake Trailhead Idaho Panhandle National Forest

The trail to Fault Lake is typically in good condition, but the half mile of trail between there and McCormick Lake has almost disappeared in the rocks and brush. As part of our Women in the Wild program, we’ll backpack to Fault Lake and spend the weekend locating and ... Read More

2024 Queens Backpacking – Women in the Wild (Full)

Queens River Trailhead Sawtooth National Recreation Area/Sawtooth Wilderness

As part of our Women in the Wild program, ITA volunteers will continue to chip away at clearing the Queens River loop. Continuing efforts over the last few years and earlier this season, we will be working on the Queens River side, backpacking and moving camp up as we work ... Read More

2024 Wind River Signage (Full)

Carey Creek Boat Ramp Gospel Hump Wilderness

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, we’ll spend a weekend on a two-part project at the Wind River Pack Bridge. The first goal is to assist the Forest Service in installing interpretive and invasive species signage at the Gospel Hump Wilderness boundary. Then we’ll brush and ... Read More

2024 Yurt Trails Hennessey- Veterans

Hennessey Yurt Boise National Forest

In partnership with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, volunteers will spend a weekend maintaining trails in the Idaho City Yurt System. This area is known for its scenic views and wide variety of recreational activities all year long. We’ll work on clearing logs, brushing, repairing tread, and ... Read More

2024 Dry Creek (Full)

Upper Dry Creek Trailhead Boise Foothills

In partnership with the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, we’ll be repairing some of the most frequently used and well-loved trails in the Dry Creek Watershed. We’ll work to clear brush and repair tread for future hikers and snowshoers. Enjoy a fall day surrounded by pine trees with ... Read More

2024 Gibson Jack

Gibson Jack Trailhead Caribou Targhee National Forest

Join us for a National Public Lands Day volunteer trail work project on the North Fork Gibson Trail. We’ll be working on improving drainage, tread, and brushing. We’ll also work to fill in bridge approaches to help keep them from eroding into the creek. One of the most popular ... Read More

2024 East Fork Boulder Creek

Katka Face Road Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Join us on National Public Lands Day to work up the East Fork Boulder Creek Trail. Starting at the lower end near the Katka Face road, this trail climbs high, ending at Middle Mountain (elevation 6220’). This trail is in a scenic area with lots of history and an ... Read More

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