2024 Twenty Mile – Backpacking 101 (Full)

Volunteer Trail Work Project

2024 Twenty Mile – Backpacking 101 (Full)

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This Backpacking 101 course/trail project will provide a chance for new and experienced backpackers to get together and share ideas on how to better enjoy this sport. We will be working on the Twenty Mile and Twenty Mile Lakes Trails north of McCall in the Payette National Forest.

We’ll pack up together at the trailhead and discuss some best practices, and then hike the 2.5 miles to base camp, doing trail work as we go. Here we will have the option to base camp here or continue further and climb three miles up to the lakes. Work will be primarily on the Twenty Mile Lakes trail, clearing logs and cutting back brush. Sunday, we’ll continue brushing toward Twenty Mile Lakes before heading back to the trailhead. We’ll work on improving the trail, cutting out any logs, brushing and light tread work.

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.

More Info on All Trails

Trails: Twenty Mile #85, Twenty Mile Lakes Trails #315

Itinerary: This is a weekend project. Meet at the trailhead in the morning, car camping options nearby for those who want to drive up Friday night. Backpack in Saturday morning and return to trailhead Sunday afternoon.

Food Provided by ITA: No

Crew Leader: Cindy Walker

Estimated Drive Time from Closest Town: 30 minutes from McCall

Trail Map: Click for trail map and elevation profile for the hike in and to the Lakes

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

Hike: 3/5 Moderately Strenuous- 2.5 miles to first camp with little elevation gain/loss. See the linked map for the elevation profile. The trail then climbs steadily 3.3 more miles to the lakes. Carrying all own personal gear, and trail tools.

Project Work: 2/5 Moderate– Saw work, digging, and swinging tools to clear any logs out of the trail and improve the trail tread to ensure proper width and slope. Volunteers are encouraged to work at their own pace.

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