2023 Summit Trail-Indian Creek

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 Summit Trail-Indian Creek

Volunteer Trail Work Project

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On the west side of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, volunteers will spend a week in the backcountry opening up the Indian Creek Trail. This trail follows the creek through meadows and hot springs and sits below several peaks of the Salmon River Mountains. It’s a long way in, but this beautiful destination is worth the journey!  

Trail: Indian Creek Trail #225 

Itinerary: Crews will meet Saturday afternoon/evening for an early start. Sunday– hike/pack into the base camp.  Work Monday-Friday clear trail, bumping camp as needed. A day off midweek to relax and explore (hot springs?). Saturday return to the trailhead and head home.  Meeting location may change, but the basic itinerary will be the same.  

Crew Leader: Gregg Rettschlag and Alisa Rettschlag 

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town:  Two hours 30 minutes from Cascade

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  

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: 4/5 Strenuous
These trails start high on ridges and drop down to the creek, gaining or losing about 2,000 feet of elevation. Potential for some longer hike days carrying packs and tools.  

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
Trail work will include clearing the trail, logging out, and brushing digging, or swinging tools. Volunteers can pick trail duties based on comfort and ability level and are encouraged to work at their own pace.

Volunteer Spots Available: 3 of 10
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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