2023 Wilderness Gateway – Youth + Families

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2023 Wilderness Gateway – Youth + Families

Volunteer Trail Work Project

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This Youth Trail Crew (ages 14-18) + families weekend project will have volunteers and their families work on the trails out of Wilderness Gateway off Highway 12 and the Lochsa River. This is a popular access point to the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, and we’ll work on the first few miles of several of the trails right in the campground.   Youth are welcome to come on their own or bring family members to join in the trail work! All meals are provided for anyone working on the trail. Family members will need to sign up below to be counted. Families are also welcome to come camp out at the campground and not participate in the trail work.  

The crew will camp at the Lochsa Historic Ranger Station, just downstream on the north side of the road from Wilderness Gateway.

With guidance from crew leaders, volunteers will be involved in all aspects of camp life. This includes helping set out breakfast and lunch items, assisting the cook with dinner and dishes, ensuring water and sanitation supplies are available, and making sure tools are accounted for.  

Volunteers are expected to adhere to Leave No Trace best practices and project safety expectations set by crew leaders.  

Trails: Lochsa Peak Trail #220, Boulder Creek Trail #221, Lone Knob Trail #198 

Itinerary: Volunteers will join for a pre-trip zoom meeting before the project. Friday– meet at Lochsa Historic Ranger Station, go over trail work basics and safety.  Saturday– full day of trail work. Sunday– finish up work in the morning before cleaning up camp and getting picked up early afternoon.  

Crew Leader: Patti Stieger and Brendan Blowers de León

More Information:  Selway Bitterroot Wilderness  

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town:  1 hour from Kooskia  

Difficulty Rating 

Hike: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous
The trails get steep fast out of Wilderness Gateway!  We can move to a different trail if the hike gets too long.  

Project Work: 2/5 Moderate
Mostly brushing with some digging or swinging tools for tread work. Carrying tools and day packs short distances.

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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