2024 Hughes Fork

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Hughes Fork

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We’ll work on clearing the Hughes Fork Trail from the Hughes Meadows Road up to the top of the ridge. It has been many years since this trail has been logged out, so we’ll get to do lots of crosscut work as we travel up the valley into the Salmo-Priest Wilderness. This will be a fully supported 5-day project with a great cook and local horse packers.

Washington Trails Association has been working on this trail from the Washington side, and ITA hosted a project clearing Jackson Creek trail last year. Combined, these trails make a fantastic backpacking loop through old growth forest with meadows and mountain views.

More Information: WTA Trip Report

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: Hughes Fork Trail #312

Itinerary: This is a five-day project. The crew leader will specify the meeting time & place in their pre-trip emails. Tentatively, meet at the trailhead Wednesday morning (volunteers are welcome to camp there starting Tuesday night). Packed into camp. From here we will keep working up the trail, return to base camp each evening. Sunday, packed back to the trailhead and head home.

Food Provided by ITA: Yes

Crew Leader: Don McIntosh

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: 45 minutes from Nordman

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

Hike: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous– Hike into camp is about five miles and flat. Hike into project gets longer each day as we cut our way in; there is about 1,800 feet of elevation gain to the Shed Roof Divide. See the linked maps for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 4/5 Strenuous- Consistent saw work expected with potential for some larger diameter trees. Hiking uphill with day packs and tools each day.

Volunteer Spots Available: 3 of 8
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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