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Great Western Trail, Dixie National Forest, UT (Sep 20th - Sep 26th 2020)

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The Dixie National Forest was established as a Forest Reserve in 1905 and officially became a National Forest in 1907. It is comprised of almost 2 million acres of scenic southern Utah and is adjacent to 3 national parks and 2 national monuments. Elevations vary from 2,800 feet near St. George, Utah to 11,322 feet at Blue Bell Knoll on Boulder Mountain. (From the top of Powell Point, it is possible to see for miles into three different states!) The Great Western Trail traverses the Escalante Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest for 82 miles, from Boulder Mountain on the east to the southwest boundary of the district near Bryce Canyon National Park. It lies within the Aquarius Plateau, one of three high elevation plateaus on the Colorado Plateau, and the highest elevation plateau in North America. The Dixie National Forest protects red sandstone formations, many-colored cliffs ang gorges, fragrant pine, spruce, fir and aspen forests, clear cold waters in trout bearing lakes and streams, and is rich in historical lore.

Our service project is to improve a section of the Great Western Trail by cutting falled trees with hand saws and removing them from the trail, installing waterbars, marking the trail with tree blazes, building wood and stone stairs, and improving trail tread with hand tools. Participants will start work at our base camp at the Barker Reservoir Recreation Area and hike to work each day as we work farther from camp.

We highly recommend that those coming from low elevation (anything below about 5,000 feet) plan an extra couple days in the area before the trip to acclimate to the elevation for your own safety. Altitude sickness is a concern when traveling from low elevation to high elevation and getting acclimatized before the trip is one of the easiest ways to prevent it. If you need ideas on things to do/see before the trip contact your leaders.

This project is rated as a active project.

Join us this September and help give back in Utah's scenic Dixie National Forest!


Sep 20th - Sep 26th 2020

Service Project

Trailwork, removing downed trees, installing waterbars, marking tree blazes, building stairs, etc

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Free Days

Hiking, exploring, photography, wildlife viewing


Car and tent camping in designated campground

Project Difficulty

Active : Bending, kneeling, lifting, lopping, digging, hiking. Elevation 9,000'


Bill Goolsby
Christopher Riccardo

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