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Sinks Canyon, Wind River Mountains, Shoshone NF, WY (Sep 12th - Sep 18th 2021)

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The Shoshone National Forest offers superb scenery and endless recreational opportunities! The Shoshone National Forest was set aside in 1891 as part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve, making the Shoshone the first national forest in the United States. It consists of some 2.4 million acres of varied terrain ranging from sagebrush flats to rugged mountains. The higher mountains are snow-clad most of the year. Immense areas of exposed rock are interspersed with meadows and forests. With Yellowstone National Park on its western border, the Shoshone encompasses the area from the Montana state line south to Lander, Wyoming, and includes portions of the Absaroka, Wind River, and the Beartooth Mountains. Rich in wildlife, jagged peaks and vast forests Shoshone National Forest leaves visitors breathless, and not just due to the high elevations!

Many alpine and subalpine lakes and ponds, filled with trout, send their waters down streams and over waterfalls to the Middle Fork and North Fork of the Popo Agie River and the South Fork of the Little Wind River. This rough land features high peaks, deep canyons, sheer granite walls, cirque basins, talus slopes and glacial snowfields along its eastern side. The area encompasses about 25 miles of the southern Wind River Mountain Range, with forests of lodgepole pine and Douglas fir, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir.

Our service project will focus on trail realignment of the Middle Fork Stock Bypass Trail. Our volunteer crew will help in reducing the grade and installing drainage features to improve the quality and lifespan of this valuable trail. We'll work alongside the USFS to create switchbacks and install rock retaining walls. Our volunteer crew will also be building drainage features on two miles of new trail completed in between 2017-2018. The USFS has identified problem areas on this young trail and our group will construct water bars, drainage dips, and grade reversals to help prevent unnecessary erosion. Our group will also perform trail work on sections in need of widening, brushing and address switchbacks that need crowning.

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 strenuous project.

Check out more photos from past Wind River Range projects in our gallery.


Sep 12th - Sep 18th 2021

Service Project

Trail maintenance and construction of drainage features

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Free Days

Rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, kayaking, fishing, etc.


Tent camping near cars.

Project Difficulty

Strenuous : Digging, bending, kneeling, hauling, lifting.


Aidalicia Swertfeger
Kevin Morrissey

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