2024 Middle Fork (Full)

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Middle Fork (Full)

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In August of 2022, the Middle Fork Trail #4001 was damaged by strong thunderstorms in an area of high burn severity from the Boundary Fire of 2021. Several locations along the Middle Fork Trail were damaged and have made this important trail impassable to stock and difficult for hikers. ITA, the Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, and the Salmon Challis National Forest are partnering for an extended project to improve several slide and tread problem areas. We will work on tread repair and construction, rock wall/rock armoring, and stream crossings. We will have pack support to bring our gear in and out of camp, about five miles downstream of Boundary Creek. The Wild and Scenic Middle Fork of the Salmon River is an iconic Idaho river for good reason. Part of the Idaho Centennial Trail, backpackers, day hikers, equestrians, and boaters all use this trail to access this incredible part of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

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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: Middle Fork Trail #4001

Itinerary: Eight-day Wednesday to Wednesday project, starting at the Middle Fork Transfer Camp. The crew leader will specify further meeting instructions in their pre-trip emails.

Food Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Michelle Florence and Glenn Florence

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: 1.5 hours from Stanley

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: 2/5 Moderate- Approximately 5-mile hike to camp (exact location TBD) with gentle slope and little net elevation gain or loss. Pack support, but hiking carrying some personal gear and tools expected. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 5/5 Very Strenuous- This is an extended project, Wednesday to Wednesday, with five full workdays, two travel days, and one rest day. Tread repair and construction, rock wall/rock armoring, repeated digging, or swinging tools.

Volunteer Spots Available: 0 of 6
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