2023 North Pole

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 North Pole

Volunteer Trail Work Project

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Starting from the trailhead at Wildhorse Campground, volunteers will work up the Crystal Lake Trail toward North Pole Peak (8,800’). The trail climbs up a ridge, offering panoramic views of the Gospel Hump Wilderness. The crew will continue down the Tenmile Spur Trail, which drops into Tenmile Creek miles below.  We’ll car camp at an established campground which sits above Wildhorse Lake.  

Trail: Crystal Lake Trail #800 Tenmile Spur Trail #803 

Itinerary: Meet the evening before for an early start Monday.  Work up the Crystal Lake Trail towards Tenmile Spur Trail. Work down Tenmile Spur returning to camp at Wildhorse Campground in the evenings.  Wrapping up work on Thursday.  

Crew Leader: TBD 

More Information:  A write-up of accessing North Pole, summitpost.org  

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: About 2 hours, 15 minutes from Grangeville 

GAIA Map:  Wildhorse to North Pole  

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  

Hike: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
Crystal Lake Trail is two miles to the junction with Tenmile Spur; there are several switchbacks as it climbs up to the ridge, where it flattens out a bit with 1,100 feet of elevation gain. Tenmile Spur loses elevation fast as it drops toward Tenmile Creek. If the crew can clear this far, the hike becomes more strenuous. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
Carrying tools and day packs. Cutting trees and brush out of the trail and working on the trail tread to ensure proper width and slope, digging, and swinging tools. 

Volunteer Spots Available: 6 of 10
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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