2023 Loon Lake – Youth

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 Loon Lake – Youth

Volunteer Trail Work Project

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This is a youth (ages 14-18) backpacking project, where volunteers will be carrying all their own gear, food, and trail tools for a week of trail maintenance north of McCall, Idaho. The crew will hike into Loon Lake, where we can visit what is left of the B-25 bomber that crashed here in the 40’s. We’ll work our way east/southeast down to Secesh River Trailhead, cutting out logs and opening up some lost sections of trail near Enos Meadows.  

With guidance from crew leaders, volunteers will be involved in all aspects of camp life. This includes camp set up, water and sanitation, and ensuring tools are accounted for. Volunteers are expected to adhere to Leave No Trace best practices and project safety expectations set by crew leaders.  

Trail:  Loon Lake/Loon Creek #81 

Itinerary: Volunteers will join for a pre-trip zoom meeting before the project. Meet at Chinook Campground late Sunday morning to pack up and backpack into Loon Lake. Camping here for a few nights, working on trails in the area. Bumping camp along as the trail gets cleared, heading down to the Secesh River Trailhead for pickup on Saturday morning.  

Crew Leaders: Barry Miller and Kasey Rose 

More Information:     Forest Service Website  

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: Drop off at Chinook Campground, pick up at Secesh Trailhead, both about an hour and a half from McCall.   

GAIA Map:   Chinook to Secesh River Trailhead  

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
14 miles total, with several mild gains and losses in elevation before heading down to Split Creek Trailhead. Carrying heavy packs and tools. 

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
Brushing, sawing, the potential for some digging and swinging of tools.  Carrying tools and packs up to five miles a day.

Volunteer Spots Available: 1 of 15
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