Swift Creek Trail

7-10 Elbow Lake Resupply

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Date(s): 07/10/2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Elbow Lake Trailhead


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Project Profile
  • Region: North Cascades
  • Experience: No Experience Needed
  • Ages: adults, 16–17 with guardian consent, 10–15 accompanied by a guardian
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hike Length: 6 miles
  • Trip Type: Performance Crew Resupply
  • Trip Type: Day Trip

Project Description

Help our Performance Crews maintain the Bell Pass and South Fork Nooksack Trails by delivering their mid-hitch resupply!

Our trail crews work in the backcountry for 7-10 days at a time. You can help them get more work done on the trail by carrying food and other supplies to their spike camp at Elbow Lake. This is a great way to support trail work on the PNT and enjoy the trail!

We will be loading backpacks with supplies and hiking in to a wild and remote part of the trail of the PNT.  The Elbow Lake Trail is roughly 4 miles long and climbs 1500 feet before dropping down to the Lake. There is one stream crossing along the route but it’s been very easy to navigate in the last few years.

We’ll meet at the Northern Elbow Lake Trailhead on Forest Road 38 at 9:00am, have a quick safety chat and then start hiking. We hope to return to the trailhead by 3:00pm. High-clearance vehicles are recommended along Forest Road 38. 

Volunteers must bring a lunch, water, and stable hiking shoes. If you have a backpack larger than 50 liters that you want to load with the crew’s food you can bring it. If not, we have plenty of packs we can lend you.

This event is great for anyone who can hike 8 moderately challenging miles with some weight on their back! Even if you can’t carry more than a few pounds, you are welcome to join us!

Project Details
  • PNTA Last Worked Here: 2020
  • Project Leader: Sterling Collins-Hill
  • Trip Timeup to 6 hrs + drive time
  • Hike Distance: 8 miles round trip
  • Spots Available: 10
  • Cost: Free
Other Location Info
  • Land Manager: Mt. Baker-Snoqulamie National Forest — Mt. Baker Ranger District
  • Rendezvous Point: Northern Elbow Lake TH
  • Camping: Camping is not included with this event but may be available in the area
  • Directions: See Location for directions

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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.