The Gila National Forest has spectacular scenery ranging from high cool mountains with aspen and douglas fir to warm semi-arid lowlands with juniper, oak and cactus. It is one of the more remote and least developed National Forests in the southwest. Covering 3.3 million acres of publicly owned forest and range land, the Forest is the sixth largest National Forest in the continental United States. It boasts a rich history of the Mogollon and Apache people, Spaniards, Mexicans, ranchers, prospectors and miners. Mangas Coloradas, Geronimo, Victorio, and Aldo Leopold (conservationist, ecologist and author of the Sand County Almanac) are but a few of the personalities from the past that have left their mark in the Gila. Colorful names like Raw Meat Canyon, Tepee Canyon and Grave Canyon tell the tales of the past.
Our continuing service project will focus on deferred trail maintenance on the Continental Divide Trail, a long-distance trail running from Canada to Mexico along the U.S. portion of the Great Continental Divide. Many organizations, volunteers, government agency staff and others have been working on the trail for years and our project is one of many currently active to see it to completion. This is a continuation of a project in the same area that a Wilderness Volunteers crew has worked for the last five years. We'll establish a camp next to our vehicles between 8,000'-9,000' and make daily hikes of between 1-3 miles to the sections of divide trail to work on the project. Our volunteer group will be working in the Quemado area; we will be addressing much-needed work which includes rock removal, tread stabilization, and erosion/drainage control features.
This project is rated as a strenuous project and features a vegetarian menu with optional meat ingredients on many meals.
Check out more photos from previous Gila National Forest, Continental Divide Trail projects in our gallery.
Oct 4th - Oct 10th 2020
Rock removal, tread stabilization, and erosion/drainage control features.
Day hiking on the CDNST, photography, wildflower/wildlife viewing, relaxing, enjoying the seclusion.
Car and tent camping
Strenuous : Digging, bending, hauling, shoveling. 1-3 mile daily hikes to project with 500-1000' elevation gain.