The Idaho Trails Association is looking for hikers who want to participate in day, weekend and week projects throughout the summer to maintain the trails in the North. Idaho. No experience is necessary to participate and hikers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. All tools and training will be provided at the start of the trip. Many ITA volunteers describe their experience as stimulating and a great way to meet other outdoor enthusiasts.
ITA has projects planned statewide and 15 planned in the northern Idaho region for the summer of 2021. Here are three upcoming projects:
• Mickinnick Trail – June 5
On National Trails Day, volunteers will once again be working on this very popular 3.5 mile locally built hiking trail. Mickinnick gains 2200 ‘to reach a magnificent point of view well above the town of Sandpoint. Volunteers will cut logs, perform tread work, improve drainage and trim brush.
• Couer d’Alene National Recreational Trail – June 18-20
A three day project in the beautiful upper north fork of the Coeur d’Alene River. We’ll remove logs, cut brush and do some tread work on this scenic national recreational trail that follows the river. We will stay in a great camping area with a very good swimming hole. Come for one, two or three days.
• Fault Lake Trail 59 – July 18-23
A six-day project high in the Selkirk Mountains in northern Idaho. Hike about 5 miles to a large camp just below the lake and build a “freeway” (elevated walkway) through a swampy area. We will also be working on tread, brushing and improving drainage. A crew of backcountry horses will transport our equipment.
To sign up for these projects and view the rest of the ITA calendar in northern Idaho, go online at www.idahotrailsassociation.org/upcoming-projects.
Idaho has over 10,000 miles of non-motorized hiking trails on public lands statewide. These trails are an irreplaceable resource that contributes to outdoor recreation opportunities and a great quality of life in Idaho.
ITA was established in 2010 to help maintain and maintain the state’s hiking trails.
ITA is a non-profit organization that works with volunteers, organizations, and government partners to preserve Idaho’s incredible trail system through education, maintenance projects, and advocacy for the nature. All ITA projects are carried out with the help of volunteers who are passionate about preserving Idaho’s trails for current recreation and future generations.