2023 East Mayfield

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 East Mayfield

Volunteer Trail Work Project

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For this project on the south end of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, we will have volunteers packed into the wilderness for four days of trail work. The crew will camp at the meadow where Ibex Creek runs into the East Fork Mayfield Creek, working to open the trail as far along as they can. The Yankee Fork drainage is full of Idaho history; stop to explore the ghost towns Bonanza and Custer on the way! 

Trail:  East Mayfield – Yankee Fork #114 

Itinerary: Meet at the trailhead off Loon Creek Road. Hike 5.3 miles to camp, clearing as we go.  Set up base camp to work out of for the rest of the week. Hike back to trailhead Sunday, head home! 

Crew Leader: Becca Aceto 

More Information:  History on the Yankee Fork Road – Bonanza, Custer 

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: 1.5 hours from Stanley  

GAIA Map:  East Mayfield – Yankee Fork  

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: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
Slight uphill on the hike in, with some creek crossings. 5.3 miles and 1,100 feet of elevation gain. Crosses the creek several times. See the linked Gaia map for the elevation profile. 

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
Sawing and brushing, working on the trail tread to ensure proper width and slope. Potential for route finding and trail reestablishment after Ibex Creek. 

Volunteer Spots Available: 5 of 8
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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