Project location: Hells Canyon/Big Bar Campground, Payette National Forest
Project start date: Sunday, March 20th (Sunday as travel day, work begins Monday)
Project end date: Saturday, March 26th (clean up, travel home)
Number of volunteers: 7-10 Students, 2 BSU Leads, 2 ITA leads
This project takes place on the border of the Payette National Forest and the Hells Canyon Recreation Area. We’ll be camped on the Snake River (Hells Canyon Reservoir) at Big Bar Campground for the week. ITA will bring a base camp including a kitchen shelter and kitchen supplies, trail tools, hard hats, and crew leaders to help with trail work. We’ll be working on the Allison Creek Trail and Kinney Creek Trail, spanning about 6 miles in total. Trail work will include brushing and improving the tread. The trails follow the creeks through the canyon and climb up to a ridge for some amazing views of Hells Canyon. On Tuesday evening we will be joined by two Forest Service Archeologists who are excited to share the history of this area, and Wednesday morning we will help them rebuild a fence. If the Allison and Kinney trails are completed, we can also work on the nearby Echols Creek trail.
Difficulty rating: 2- Moderate. Around 2,600 ft in elevation gain, grades can become steep. Minimal hikes to project areas carrying a day pack and tools.
More information: Check out this blog post to see some beautiful photos from these trails.
Estimated drive time to meeting spot: A little over 3 hours from Boise, 1.5 Hours from Cambridge, Idaho.
Road considerations: A long windy drive in the canyon, but the road is paved all the way to camp.
Volunteer Spots Available: 6 of 15