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Wilderness Volunteers

Leader Training Project, Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Coconino NF, AZ (Aug 25th - Aug 31st 2019)

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Located in northern Arizona, the Kachina Peaks Wilderness contains over 18,960 acres of the upper reaches of the San Francisco Peaks. Named for the ancestral spirit beings of Hopi mythology, the Kachina Peaks Wilderness includes the highest point in Arizona, Humphreys Peak, at 12,643 feet. The San Francisco Peaks and nearby cinder hills are the volcanic remnants of a dormant volcano which last errupted approximately 2 million years ago. The inner basin of the peaks was once a huge caldera but now is home to a beautiful forest of aspen, ponderosa pine, and juniper.

Our service project with the Forest Service will be repairing sections of trail in the area that have been washed out, brushing and working on trail drainage. We will car camp at a designated campground and drive short distances to different trails each day. Expect 1 to 3 miles of hiking to our project each morning depending on road conditions. On our 1/2 day off we can hike up the Peaks for great views, explore a few of the many nearby trails or just relax and enjoy this remote and beautiful northern Arizona wilderness.

This project includes leader training for Wilderness Volunteers trips and is open to prospective leaders by invitation only. We are specifically looking for people who are comfortable and competent in outdoor settings, are people-oriented and feel a strong sense of giving something back.

Ashely Northcutt and Aidalicia Swertfeger are staff members for Wilderness Volunteers with many projects led between them. Like the other WV projects, we'll conduct 4 days of service work and a free day with leadership topics covered around the work project and basecamp. Participants will learn about planning and cooking for groups, working with the agencies, managing risks and teaching Leave No Trace.

Once you have successfully completed this leadership course, you will be eligible to co-lead WV projects around the country. After you've led your first trip, you'll also be eligible to receive your registration fee for this trip back. Volunteer leaders do not pay trip fees on trips they are leading and receive modest reimbursement for travel to the projects they staff. Another perk leaders enjoy is being able to sign up for projects that still have openings 60 days out at a significant discount.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.


Aug 25th - Aug 31st 2019

Service Project

Trail work, water bar construction, brushing, learning to be a project leader

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Free Days

Hiking, photography, sunning, relaxing


Car/tent camping

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : 1-3 mile hikes each day to work project. Bending, digging, lifting, raking, hiking


Ashely Northcutt
Aidalicia Swertfeger

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