2023 Trail Lakes – Women Only (Full)

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 Trail Lakes – Women Only (Full)

Volunteer Trail Work Project

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Join us for a Women in the Wild project in the Sawtooth Wilderness. Volunteers will meet for five days of trail work while backpacking the Trail Lakes Trail, winding past waterfalls and mountain lakes before dropping down to Grandjean. This route is part of the Idaho Centennial Trail.  

Trail Name: Trail Creek Trail #453 

Itinerary: Crew can meet at Grandjean Wednesday mid-morning and self-shuttle to Stanley Lake Trailhead. Go over the project and safety. Backpack in, cutting out logs and working on the way.  Bumping camp along as necessary until back at Grandjean. Shuttle folks back to cars and head home. Optional – meet at Grandjean and out and back the trip.  

Crew Leaders: Alisa Rettschlag and Pam Bond 

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: Stanley Lake trailhead is about 15 from downtown Stanley.  

GAIA Map:  Sawtooth Trailhead to Grandjean  

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: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
Typically less than six miles per day, with an elevation gain of 1,500 over first six miles (downhill from there). Entire project only 12 miles in length. Volunteers will be carrying all their own gear and tools. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
Repeated digging or sawing, some brushing.  cutting out logs, improving stream crossings, carrying tools and heavy packs up to 5 miles each day.

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