2023 Granite Creek

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 Granite Creek

Volunteer Trail Work Project

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Deep in Hells Canyon, in the shadow of the Seven Devils, ITA’s staff, board, and raffle winners will meet for a week of trail work and discussion. We will take a jetboat ride over Class III rapids to our campsite at the confluence of Granite Creek and the Snake River. This is a fully supported trip including our own private volunteer chefs to prepare meals, and a large group tent for shelter if needed. During the day crews will split up to tackle trail maintenance on Little Granite Creek, working up past the historic Hibbs Ranch, and along the Snake River National Recreation Trail.

Trail: Little Granite Creek #112, Snake River National Recreation Trail #102

Itinerary: Sunday Meet at Hells Canyon Dam– boat in, set up camp. Monday – Friday, work up Little Granite and the Snake River Trail. Time in camp and to explore, with ITA discussion scheduled. Saturday boat back to dam, go home

Crew Leader: Melanie Vining and Alex Cravener

More Information: Non-ITA Trip report from April 2021 of the Snake River Trail. Hells Canyon Overview from the Forest Service Website

GAIA Maps: Granite Creek Little Granite Creek to Bernard Creek Little Granite to Brush Creek

Difficulty Rating

Hike: Granite Creek 4/5 Strenuous and Snake River 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
The first three miles of Granite Creek involve several creek crossings and 2,600 feet of elevation gain. Heading in either direction along the river the trail will have some ups and downs but stays along the river for the whole time. Volunteers can work at their own pace and take breaks as needed, as well as choose which direction to work each day (up Granite Creek vs. along the Snake River). See the linked maps for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
Mostly brushing with some tread work and stream-crossing improvements. Repeated digging or bending for brush, the potential for some heavy lifting. Some log out, and more the further up Granite Creek. Carrying tools and day packs up to seven miles each day.

Volunteer Spots Available: 4 of 20
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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