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Red Pine Lake, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, UT (Aug 21st - Aug 28th 2021)

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The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the 12 National Forests in the Intermountain Region as well as one of the urban National Forests in the Forest Service System. It covers an area that includes northern and north-central Utah, and southwestern Wyoming. This area also includes the larges population center within the State of Utah, which is known as the Wasatch Front. The Forest is heavily influenced and impacted from over a million people living in close proximity.

The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has a net acreage of 2,169,596 acres. It is divided into seven Ranger Districts: Salt Lake, Kamas/Heber, Ogden, Pleasant Grove, Spanish Fork, and Logan in Utah; adn Evanston/Mountain View in Wyoming. Scenic beauty on the Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities throughout the year. Whether you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, mountain biking, camping, picnicking, fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, etc., you can find the recreational experience you are seeking. Because of the abundance of recreation opportunities and the large urban population along the Wasatch Front, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is one of the most heavily visited in the entire National Forest System.

Where did the Forest get its name?
Uinta - derived from a Ute word meaning "pine tree" or "pine forest"
Wasatch - a Ute word meaning "low place in high mountains"
Cache - a French word referring to the caves used by trappers to hide their furs

Our service project will have our volunteer crew working to reroute a trail. The current social trail is very popular which has seen heavy use and is displaying signs of erosion. We will work to establish a formal long-term trail for recreators and will construct structures to help manage erosion issues. Volunteers will engage in various trail work tasks and should be ready to hike in 3-miles with ~2500' gain to our basecamp for the week. The USFS will assist in hiking in the tools for the project to our basecamp, but volunteers will be expected to help hike in food a kitchen kit for the week (this will be done on Saturday and Sunday). While this is a challenging project, it will be rewarding and offer a week overlooking a stunning area and lake. On the day off volunteers can explore Pfeifferhorn, hike Red Pine (around and along the ridge), and fish will proper licensing.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.

Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

This project is rated as a challenging project.


Aug 21st - Aug 28th 2021

Service Project

Rerouting trail, erosion control structure construction, trail work, drainage feature installation

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Free Days

Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, geology


Backpack camping without pack support

Project Difficulty

Challenging : ~3-mi hike, ~2500' elev gain, bending, digging, hauling, lifting, kneeling


Aidalicia Swertfeger
Jacob Beckstrand

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