2024 Pend Oreille Divide

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Pend Oreille Divide

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After a beautiful drive to Lunch Peak Lookout, we’ll meet with packers who will help bring in water and supplies in for a 4-day, 3-night backpacking project on the Pend Oreille Divide Trail.  ITA has been working on this trail for several years, tackling both the north and south ends of the trail. This year we are going to focus on the 4-mile section in the middle that connects our previous work.

The trail stays high along a ridge; we’ll wind past several peaks, including Mount Pend Oreille, and take in beautiful views of the Purcell and Selkirk Mountains. This section of trail is also part of the Idaho Centennial Trail, and ITA is committed to maintaining sections of this 1,000-mile trail each year.

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: Pend Oreille Divide Trail #67

Itinerary: This is a four-day project. The crew leader will specify the meeting time & place in their pre-trip emails. This is a backpacking project that will start early Thursday (welcome to camp the night before at the trailhead), returning to camp Sunday afternoon.

Food Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Daniel Shlaferman

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: About 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 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: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous- Distance will depend on the work we find, up to eight miles. The trail stays on the ridge, with net gain and loss of less than 1,000 feet. No water on the trail, so a volunteer packer will be carrying water into camp for the crew. Volunteers carrying their personal food and gear.

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous- Work will mostly involve cutting trees and brush off the trail. Repeated digging or sawing. Carrying tools and days packs. Volunteers can pick trail duties based on comfort and ability level and are encouraged to work at their own pace.

Volunteer Spots Available: 4 of 8
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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