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Wilderness Volunteers

Scotchman Peaks, Kootenai National Forest, MT (Jul 14th - Jul 20th 2019)

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With big lakes and winding rivers, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests comprise a 3.22 million acre tapestry of land and water in the panhandle of North Idaho and the northwestern corner of Montana. Lush green mountains support abundant wildlife, home to elk, wolves, grizzly bear, and countless others. The abundance extends to the lakes and streams, with large native fish population. There is a human history as well, with historic cabins and lookouts, as well as significant places such as Hiawatha Trail and Marble Creek Historic District.

Within the forest lies the 88,000 acre Scotchman Peaks proposed Wilderness Area, straddling the Idaho / Montana border often described as the backbone of the Rockies. With visitation below the Bitterroots to the South, Scotchman’s Peak offers the opportunity for serene recreation. Backpacker magazine described the area as a “hidden gem that feels like an unexplored annex of Glacier National Park.” The recreational opportunities provided by this landscape allow for remarkable experiences and breathtaking scenery.

Our service project will focus on realigning the currently unsustainable Upper Little Spar Lake Trail. Our project will involve new trail construction on a slope and lots of rock movement. This project is a number one priority for the Three Rivers Ranger District as the Little Spar Lake Trail is one of the heaviest used in their district. Volunteers will meet on Saturday for introductions, orientation and help hike in food and commissary gear to the base camp which is 4 miles away with a 1500' elevation gain. If you'd like to learn more about this gorgeous area check out The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

This project is rated as a strenuous project.

Check out photos from a previous Scotchman Peaks Wilderness trip and come join us on our return adventure!


Jul 14th - Jul 20th 2019

Service Project

Trail reroute and maintenance on Upper Little Spar Lake trail.

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Free Days

Day hiking to the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, fishing, photography, wildlife & wildflower viewing



Project Difficulty

Strenuous : ~4 mi backpack with 1,500' elevation gain, digging, lifting, bending, pushing


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