2023 Hanson Ridge

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 Hanson Ridge

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In partnership with the Great Burn Conservation Alliance, volunteers will gather for a week of trail work in this proposed wilderness. North of Highway 12 along the Montana border, where the famous 1910 fires burned. This trail follows Kelly Creek to our base camp in Hanson Meadows, and from here we will work on sections of the Idaho Centennial Trail. This is a fully supported trip and we’ll have pack stock to assist bringing in gear and food. Members of the Great Burn Conservation Alliance will be there to teach us more about this incredible area, known for its rich history and abundant wildlife- and awesome fishing!   

Trail:  Kelly Creek Trail #567, Hanson Ridge Trail #428 

Itinerary: Sunday morning meet at Kelly Creek Trailhead. Pack into camp at Hanson Meadows and set up base camp. Monday – Friday, trail work, return to camp each evening. Half or full day off mid-week to relax or explore. Saturday, pack up and hike back to the trailhead and drive home.  

Crew Leader: Clay Jacobson

More Information:   Great Burn Conservation Alliance   Non ITA Trail Blog  All Trails 

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town:  2 hours 15 minutes from Pierce  

GAIA Map: Trailhead to Hanson Meadows  

Non-refundable trail project fee: $50 

Why do I need to pay a fee to volunteer for this trip? The fees collected will help to cover the costs of providing food and other expenses related to planning a multi-day project in the backcountry. 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 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. If you require assistance in paying for this fee, please contact us at trails@idahotrailsassociation.org and we will waive the cost. 

Difficulty Rating  

Hike:4/5 Strenuous
Kelly Creek trail stays fairly flat all the way to camp, with 9.5 miles and 2,398 feet of ascent from the trailhead. The trail gets much steeper as it leaves Kelly Creek and heads up Hanson Ridge. This section has not been logged out in several years, so expect trail finding and scouting in this section.    

Project Work: 4/5 Strenuous
Crews will work on route finding and clearing the trail up Hanson Ridge and general trail maintenance and log out of Kelly Creek Trail, carrying tools and day packs.

Volunteer Spots Available: 6 of 12

Open spots are currently being held for our friends at the Great Burn Conservation Alliance.

If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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