2024 Cabin Creek CLEM

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Cabin Creek CLEM

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This is a fly-in trip into some of the most remote country in the lower 48.  Join ITA for a week of backpacking and trail work along beautiful Big Creek. The crew will fly into the Cabin Creek backcountry airstrip in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and work up the Big Creek Trail towards Monumental Bridge. The crew will work to clear and brush the trail, improving tread and addressing any slides. Work may shift east, downstream of Cabin Creek, depending on what the crew working the trail the week before finds. This project is open to ITA crew leaders and experienced volunteers considering becoming leaders who need crosscut saw recertification.

Project information is subject to change. Crew leaders will communicate via email. Failure to respond to your crew leader may result in being dropped from the project. See our FAQs, reach out to your crew leader, or contact ITA staff at trails@idahotrailsassociation.org if you have questions.

Trails:   Big Creek Trail #196

Itinerary: This is a weeklong Saturday to Friday project. Meet in McCall early Saturday morning and fly into Cabin Creek, swapping out with the crew from the week before. Backpacking towards the Monumental Bridge. Hike back to Cabin Creek for an early flight back to McCall on Friday.

Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Clay Jacobson

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: Flying out of McCall, Idaho

Trail Map:   Click for trail map and elevation profile

Difficulty Rating

You should have 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– Carrying gear and tools the whole way (12-13 miles one way depending on which way you go out of Cabin Creek) with ups and downs, approximately 2,000 feet elevation gain. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 4/5 Strenuous- This project will be removing logs, cutting brush, removing rocks and sloughs and overall improving the trail tread, potentially moving large amounts of earth to fix slides. This is ponderosa pine/Douglas fir country so the trees may be big and complex.  You can expect a wide range of weather conditions in late May; please pack accordingly.

Volunteer Spots Available: 3 of 6
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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