Date(s): 08/18/2022 - 08/21/2022
Total: 20 / Remaining: 20
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- Region: The Okanogan
- Experience: No Experience Needed
- Ages: adults; 16–17 with guardian consent
- Difficulty: Difficult (due to hike length)
- Hike Length: over 6 miles
- Trip Type: Drop-in Work Party, Backcountry Trip
- Trip Duration: Day Trip(s), Multi-day
- Project Type: Brush Out, Tread Work, Protection (tread repairs, drains, structures)
Take in sweeping views of the Okanogan Valley and the North Cascades when you join a PNTA crew in the Okanogan Highlands for a day of trail maintenance— tread and brush work— on the PNT Wild Horse Springs and Whistler Canyon trails.
Crew members will use loppers or handsaws to trim back brush, saplings and branches growing in the corridor, and dirt work tools to spot repair the tread and clear drains along the way. While we’re out there, we’ll take measurements for potential puncheon bridge crossings over seasonal streams in the Wild Horse Springs canyon, and we may begin work on a puncheon bridge near Black Diamond Loop on Whistler Canyon Trail.
This crew may opt to backpack in 1–2 miles to a backcountry basecamp along Wild Horse Springs Trail. If you’re not available to serve on a crew, but you’re up for a day hike, you can still make a difference by helping a crew carry gear and supplies to their spike camp in the Wilderness. See “Other Ways to Volunteer”, below.
No trail crew experience necessary: the PNTA provides tools, personal protective equipment, and training. Just bring yourself, your daypack, and a thirst for a rewarding day on the trail!
See Resources (below) for Frequently Asked Questions and packing recommendations.
- PNTA Last Worked Here: 2018
- Project Leader: Kristin Ackerman
- Trail Crew Leader(s): TBD
- Trip Time: up to 6+ hrs daily, + drive time
- Hike Distance: up to 9 miles round trip at maximum range
- Spots Available: 2 daily
- Meals: Included for multi-day participants who register & enroll by 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 12th
- Cost: Free
Other Location Info
- Land Manager: Colville National Forest — Tonasket Ranger District
- Rendezvous Location: Varies by day, TBD
- Staging Area: Wilcox Trailhead
- Camping: Multi-day participants may disperse camp with PNTA crew leaders
- Directions: See Location for directions
Other Ways to Volunteer
Pack support volunteers— people and/or stock animals—are welcome! These volunteers will help move tools and supplies in and out of our backcountry “spike camp,” so the crew can direct more of their energy towards trail work.
About Drop-in Work Parties
“Drop-in” volunteers make a difference by boosting the capacity of a PNTA Performance Crew. The crew works on site for the duration of the trip, but volunteers are welcome to participate for as long as they like.
Meals are available for multi-day participants who register early enough for us to include them in meal plans. (See Meals deadline in Project Details, above.)
Register for this Party
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