2024 Caton Lake Bridge

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Caton Lake Bridge

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ITA and ESI are partnering to replace a trail bridge on the Caton Lake Trail in the Boise National Forest. Starting from the Caton Lake/Rainbow Lake Trailhead, pack animals will help bring in food and gear, and the crew will establish a backcountry basecamp at Caton Meadows. ITA has been working on this trail since 2017, and the week before an ITA crew will spend several days working on clearing trees from the trail to Caton Meadow so the packers can access the base camp for the bridge project.

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: Caton Lake Trail #093

Itinerary: This is a three-day project. Tuesday, meet at trailhead to pack in and set up camp.  Wednesday, bridge repair and trail work if time allows. Thursday, packed back to the trailhead, head home!

Food Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Barry Miller

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: 2 hours 15 min from Cascade

Trail Map: Click for trail map and elevation profile

Difficulty Rating

Hike: 2/5 Moderate- About five miles and 1,000 feet from camp total elevation change, a few ups and downs but generally downhill into camp which means uphill on the way back. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Difficulty Rating: 2/5 Moderate- The area burned in 2007 so it has no shortage of downed trees to saw out each year, should we finish the bridge early. Bridge work close to camp.

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