2024 Queens Backpacking – Women in the Wild

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Queens Backpacking – Women in the Wild

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As part of our Women in the Wild program, ITA volunteers will continue to chip away at clearing the Queens River loop. Continuing efforts over the last few years and earlier this season, we will be working on the Queens River side, backpacking and moving camp up as we work up the trail. This is a great opportunity to explore the “other side” of the Sawtooth Wilderness.

Never a shortage of logs to cut out each year, the crew will clear as far as they can over the week. A youth crew earlier in the season will work the first few miles from the trailhead, Pulaski User Group (another volunteer organization) will work trails that access this loop from another direction, and the Forest Service plans to send crews further in over the summer. With the combined efforts of all, we expect huge progress to be made opening up this loop!

More info on All Trails (for the whole loop)

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: Queens River Trail #458

Itinerary: The crew leader will specify the meeting time & place in their pre-trip emails. Start pack in early Saturday am. Work and move camp as needed. Wednesday, pack up and return to the trail head, head home.

Food Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Pam Bond

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: 3 hours from Idaho City

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: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous- Typically less than six miles per day, with an elevation gain of 1,600 over first 6.5 miles. Downhill for the hike out! Volunteers will be carrying all their own gear and tools. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous- Repeated digging or sawing, some brushing, cutting out logs, improving stream crossings, carrying tools and all personal gear as we bump forward.

Volunteer Spots Available: 2 of 12
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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