2024 Cabin Creek (Full)

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Cabin Creek (Full)

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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 Big Creek. The crew will fly into the Cabin Creek backcountry airstrip in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness and work down Big Creek Trail towards the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. The crew will work to clear and brush the trail, improving tread and addressing any slides. This is an annual project for ITA, helping the Forest Service keep this mainline trail clear.

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 Sunday – Saturday weeklong project. Meet in McCall early Sunday morning and fly into Cabin Creek. Backpacking and working towards the Middle Fork. Hike back to Cabin Creek Friday for an early flight back to McCall Saturday.

Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Cindy Walker

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: Flying out of McCall

Trail Map: Click for trail map and elevation profile

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 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 all personal gear, food, 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.

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