2023 Bear Creek Point (Full)

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 Bear Creek Point (Full)

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ITA was asked to help open and access a section of trail covered under BAER (Burned Area Emergency Relief) funding after a 2022 wildfire burned a portion of the trail at high elevation. Volunteers will be flying into the Middle Fork Salmon River and packed up to Bear Point (at 8,600 ft) (note, this could change based on trail conditions and packer access). The crew will stay up on the ridge for the duration of the project, taking in the views while working towards Norton Lake. 

Trail: Bear Creek Point Trail #58 

Itinerary: Crew meet in McCall to fly into the Flying B. Meet with packer there to coordinate plan for the week.  Camp on the Middle Fork that evening, or hike into Cow Basin for the first night. Monday, early start to camp. Packers bring in gear and water to Bear Creek Point (nine miles, 5,600 feet elevation gain). Tuesday-Thursday work toward Norton Lake Trail (bumping camp if you get logged out far enough?). Head back to the Flying B for a flight back to McCall Sunday.  

Crew Leader: Dave Beck 

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town:  Fly out of McCall, Sawtooth Flying 

GAIA MapFlying B to Bear Creet Point   Bear Creek Point to Norton Lake 

Refundable deposit: $50 

Why do I need to pay a deposit? We’ve had trouble with people backing out of trips at the last minute which can really affect the productivity of the overall project. By charging a refundable fee, volunteers are less likely to cancel their reservation. Refunds will not be given to volunteers that do not show up or cancel their reservation. Exceptions will be made for medical reasons or unforeseen circumstances. Volunteers can choose to donate the deposit to ITA. All donations are tax-deductible and will go towards maintaining trails throughout Idaho. If you require assistance in paying for this fee, please contact us at trails@idahotrailsassociation.org and we will waive the cost. 

Difficulty Rating  

You should have some experience with backpacking and be in good hiking condition with broken-in and tested gear.  This is a remote backcountry project so injuries such as sprains and blisters or even extreme fatigue from not being properly conditioned can quickly become a big safety issue.  If you are unsure about the proper gear or about preparing for a trip, please reach out to trails@idahotrailsassociation.org. 

Hike: 5/5 Very Strenuous
9 miles, with 5600-foot elevation gain. Generally suitable only for experienced hikers with conditioning. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 4/5 Very Strenuous
Hard, continuous, digging, swinging tools, and heavy saw work. Potential for some heavy lifting. Work is through a recent burn area and part of Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program. See the fire intensity map.   

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