Wild Horse Springs and Whistler Canyon

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Date(s): 08/18/2022 - 08/21/2022
All Day

Total: 20 / Remaining: 20

Wilcox Trailhead


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Project Profile
  • Region: The Okanogan
  • Experience: No Experience Needed
  • Ages: adults; 16–17 with guardian consent
  • DifficultyDifficult (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)

Project Description

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.

Project Details
  • 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

Note: If you’ve already booked a spot on this trip and you’d like to book additional spots for other members of your group, or view the booking options again, then log out of your pnt.org account (if applicable) and reload this page.

Ticket Type Spaces
08/17, Wed: Wild Horse Springs
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Drop-in volunteers welcome!
08/18, Thr: Wild Horse Springs
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Drop-in volunteers welcome!
08/19, Fri: Wild Horse Springs
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Drop-in volunteers welcome!
08/21, Sat: Whistler Canyon @ Black Diamond
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Drop-in volunteers welcome!
Whistler Canyon Trailhead
08/22, Sun: Whistler Canyon @ Black Diamond
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Drop-in volunteers welcome!
Whistler Canyon Trailhead
08/23, Mon: Whistler Canyon @ Black Diamond
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Drop-in volunteers welcome!
Whistler Canyon Trailhead
Pack Support 8/16, Tue
1:00 p.m.: Departing from Wilcox TH to a spike camp 1–2 miles down Wild Horse Springs.
Pack Support 8/21, Sat
7:30 a.m.: Departing from spike camp 1–2 miles down Wild Horse Springs Trail, returning to Wilcox Trailhead.

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Volunteer Resources

Please note, all work party projects are subject to change. Unfortunately, sometimes the weather and other unforeseen circumstances may cause us to cancel or reschedule an event. If we make any changes to an event after you have registered, we will contact you as soon as possible with new information.


  1. Register:  Search for an event on your favorite trail and register for the amount of time you would like to help out.
  2. Get Confirmation:  If you’re a new volunteer at PNTA, we’ll email a Volunteer Enrollment Form so that you can complete your registration.
  3. Join us on the Trail:  After we confirm your registration, a PNTA representative will contact you with more information about the event.