2024 Selway River Trail

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Selway River Trail

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The Selway River Trail travels through a pristine Wilderness area, following the Wild and Scenic Selway River. Accessing the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness, this popular trail is enjoyed by backpackers, boaters, and equestrians, but thick, thorny brush has made several sections difficult to navigate.

Over the last few seasons, ITA has been working to help clear these sections. This project will focus on the 2-mile section in between where two crews left off last year. We hope to connect these sections and have the first seven miles of trail open and enjoyable to all!

Check out this ITA trail spotlight for more info on the Selway River Trail, written by one of the crew leaders on this trail last 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: Selway River Trail #4

Itinerary: This is a Sunday-Saturday weeklong project. Volunteers encouraged to camp at the trailhead the evening before. Meet at Paradise Campground on Sunday to be packed into camp Monday. From here, work on brushing the #4 Trail. Return to base camp each night. Should we finish the section, we might move camp further downstream to access more trail. Our gear will be packed out on the last day during a swap with a new crew coming in to work up the nearby North Star Trail. This means gear on the last day will be back at the trailhead on the way out at the end of the day, so plan to drive home Sunday or for a very late drive Saturday.

Food Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Alex Cravener

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: Approximately 3 hours from Darby, Montana

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 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@idahotrailsassociation.org.

Hike: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous- Gentle hike following the river, with only slight elevation gains and losses. Only 3.5 miles into first camp location. A Forest Service packer will bring our gear in and out, allowing volunteers to hike with tools and light daypacks. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Project Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous- Mostly bushing (thick brush sections, hawthorn) with potential for some logout, infrequent digging or swinging tools. Bending or kneeling for light saw work or brushing. Carrying tools and packs.

Volunteer Spots Available: 1 of 6
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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