The Women Only crew will start at Caton Lake/ Rainbow Lake Trailhead and backpack into Rainbow Lake and set up base camp there. We will make day trips up the trail, clearing trees and brushing along the way. Eventually we can bump camp as the trail is cleared and the goal is to reach Caton Lake! ITA started working on this trail to Caton Lake in 2017. The area burned in 2007 so it has no shortage of downed trees saw out each year. The trail travels though forested areas and meadows, gradually heading down, ending with a steep descent to Caton Lake. This is a self-supported backpacking trip for Women only. Come spend five days backpacking and doing trail work with us on the Boise National Forest!
Difficulty Rating: 3 – Difficult: Hike medium to long distances from a trailhead – this is an overnight backpacking trips. Support of an outfitter or pack assistance is not available.
More Information: All Trails Forest Service Page
Estimated Drive Time to Meeting Spot: 1.5 hours south of Yellow Pine, 2.5 hours northeast of Cascade.
Road Considerations: Groomed dirt roads until the last few miles. Rough going on last few miles to the trailhead, AWD recommended.
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. 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 need assistance paying the project fee, please contact us and we will waive the fee.
Volunteer Spots Available: 3 of 10
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Gaia map of hike: Click here to see elevation gain, distance, and other info about the hike!