2024 Ten Mile

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Ten Mile

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Starting from the trailhead at Wildhorse Campground, volunteers will work up the Crystal Lake Trail toward North Pole Peak (8,800’). The trail climbs up a ridge, offering panoramic views of the Gospel Hump Wilderness. The crew will continue down the Tenmile Spur Trail, which drops into Tenmile Meadows miles below. We’ll start by car camping at an established campground which sits above Wildhorse Lake, with the option to backpack to the Meadows and work up as the project progresses. 

An ITA crew worked on this trail last year, clearing 155 trails with about 2 miles left until Ten Mile Meadows at the Bottom. These trails used to be more popular but have slowly fallen out of use because of all the downed trees. Once clear, these are great trails for anyone looking to explore the Gospel Hump Wilderness!  

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: Crystal Lake Trail #800 Tenmile Spur Trail #803 

Itinerary: This is a five-day project. The crew leader will specify the meeting time & place in their pre-trip emails. We’ll meet at Wildhorse Campground Sunday. Thursday- pack up and head back to the trailhead, head home.  

Food Provided by ITA: No   

Crew Leader: Gregg Rettschlag and Melodie Viafranco  

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: About 2 hours from Grangeville 

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: 4/5 StrenuousCrystal Lake Trail is two miles to the junction with Tenmile Spur; there are several switchbacks as it climbs up to the ridge, where it flattens out a bit with 1,100 feet of elevation gain. Tenmile Spur loses elevation fast as it drops toward Tenmile Creek. If the crew can clear this far, the hike becomes more strenuous. See the linked map for the elevation profile.

Work: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous- This trail hasn’t been cleared in several years, lots of crosscut work is expected. Carrying tools and day packs. Cutting trees and brush out of the trail and working on the trail tread to ensure proper width and slope, digging, and swinging tools. 

Volunteer Spots Available: 1 of 10
If there are no volunteer spots available, click “Sign Up” to get on our waitlist for this project!

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