Cold Meadows

Volunteer Trail Work Project

Cold Meadows

Volunteer Trail Work Project

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This project will drop volunteers off deep in the backcountry for a week of backpacking and trail work in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Volunteers will fly into the back country air strip at Cold Meadows with 2 groups of 3 people.  The crews head out together towards Ginger Creek and then they will split into two teams, Black Lake Crew and Coyote Springs Crew. The Coyote Springs crew will head up Ginger Creek, past Coyote Springs to Farrow Mountain. There they will head down trail 042 back towards Cottonwood Creek. The Black Lake Crew will head down Cottonwood Creek to Black Lake, continuing towards Cottonwood Butte almost to Farrow Mountain and joining the Coyote Springs crew. The now combined crew will then hike back to Cold meadows to relax at the cabin and await their return flight home! Trail work will consist of logging out and opening the trail. There should be plenty of crosscut saw action!

Difficulty Rating:   4 – Very Strenuous: Hiking long distances often uphill from a trailhead – this is a multiple night backpacking trip. Support of an outfitter or pack assistance is not available.

More Information: Blog from John Platt with Trip report from 2020 and photos from Dave Beck.

Estimated Drive Time to Meeting Spot: Flying out from McCall Airport

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: 2 of 6

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Gaia map of hike: Click here to see elevation gain, distance, and other info about Coyote Springs Crew and here for Black Lake Crew.

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