2023 Long Prairie

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 Long Prairie

Volunteer Trail Work Project

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On this weeklong fully supported project, crews will have the unique opportunity to access the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness from the west. To work on this incredibly remote section of the Idaho Centennial Trail, volunteers will travel off the McGruder Corridor Road to the Windy Saddle Trailhead. From here we’ll be packed into a backcountry camp by a local outfitter, along with a kitchen and volunteer cook to prepare meals for us. This section of trail is reported to be really overgrown and is in need of a trail crew.   

Trail: Moose Ridge Trail #562 

Itinerary: Meet Saturday evening, car camping at Windy Saddle. Pack up and hike to camp Sunday morning; pack support provided by York Outfitters. Trail work Monday – Friday; day off mid-week to relax/explore. Saturday morning, the packer will pick up the crew to return to the trailhead and drive home.  Very remote, access via Magruder Corridor Road. Please be prepared with supplies (food/water) for a few extra days, just in case! 

Crew Leader Clay Jacobson

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town:   2 hours, 30 minutes from Elk City  

More Information:  A write-up of accessing Elk Mountain, just to the north of our trailhead at summitpost.org  

GAIA Map:  Archer Trail to Moose Ridge 

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    

You should be in good hiking condition with broken-in and tested gear for this project.   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 have questions about preparing for a project, please reach out to trails@idahotrailsassociation.org.  

Hike: 4/5 Strenuous
Trail starts with a steep climb in and out of Running Creek, then tapers off for the last four miles of a relatively flat hike the rest of the way to camp. 7.5 miles total, 1,700 total ascent.  

Project Work: 5/5 Very Strenuous
The packer will have the trail into camp opened, and beyond here up to Wylie’s Peak is reported to be very overgrown and difficult to navigate. Lots of saw work and brushing is expected.  

Volunteer Spots Available: 5 of 12
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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