2024 Gospel Hump Wilderness Monitoring (Full)

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Gospel Hump Wilderness Monitoring (Full)

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The Gospel Hump Wilderness is as beautiful as it is rugged. Ranging from heavily-forested higher elevation areas and mountain peaks to the Salmon River at its southern border, there are endless opportunities for solitude and adventure. We are going to spend five days backpacking through this beautiful area collecting trail data and Wilderness Impact Site Surveys.

We can expect to hike about 10 miles/day and collect trail and GPS data using smart phone apps. These trails will vary in their level of maintenance, and we can expect some challenging days.

ITA’s last Gospel Hump monitoring trip was in 2021, and ITA has conducted seven monitoring projects spanning most of this Wilderness. The valuable information collected not only is important for the Forest, but for ITA in planning future projects. Specific trails and itinerary will be determined closer to the project and are based on Forest Service priorities for the season.

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.

Itinerary: This is a five-day project. Location and route TBD.  All trails will be in the Gospel Hump Wilderness. The crew leader will specify more details including the meeting time & place in their pre-trip emails.

Food Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Clay Jacobson

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 Very Strenuous- Potential for long days and steep climbs. Unknown trail conditions could include stepping over miles of down logs and trail finding. Long days, carrying all personal gear.

Project Work: 4/5 Very Strenuous- The project work is the hiking!

Volunteer Spots Available: 0 of 5
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