2024 McCormick Lake – Women in the Wild (Full)

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 McCormick Lake – Women in the Wild (Full)

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The trail to Fault Lake is typically in good condition, but the half mile of trail between there and McCormick Lake has almost disappeared in the rocks and brush. As part of our Women in the Wild program, we’ll backpack to Fault Lake and spend the weekend locating and improving the half-mile of trail between Fault Lake and McCormick Lake. High in the Selkirk mountains, we’ll camp overnight in the alpine lake basin underneath Hunt Peak. These trails are well known, but typically not too crowded, and this is a great day hike or easy overnight trip.

More info can be found on All Trails to Fault Lake.

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: Fault Lake Trail #59, McCormick Lake #62

Itinerary: This is a weekend project, overnight backpacking trip. The crew leader will specify the meeting time & place in their pre-trip emails.

Food Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Leslie Hvozda

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: 1 hour from Sandpoint

Trail Map: Click for trail map and elevation profile

Refundable deposit: $25

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 some 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@idhotrailsassociation.org. 

Hike: 4/5  Strenuous- Fault Lake Trail climbs steadily uphill, gaining 3,000 feet of elevation over six miles. Some creek crossings, route finding past Fault Lake, re-digging tread. Carrying all personal gear and tools over rocky, uneven terrain. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous- Digging, swinging tools, moving rocks, and brushing. Volunteers are encouraged to work at a pace comfortable for them.

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