Elbow Lake

8-13 to 8-15 Elbow Lake Campout

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Date(s): 08/13/2021 - 08/15/2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Elbow Lake Trailhead


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Project Profile

  • Region: North Cascades
  • Experience: Camping Experience Needed
  • Ages: adults; 16–17 with guardian consent; 10–15 accompanied by a guardian
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Hike Length: 4-10 miles
  • Trip Type: Backcountry Trip
  • Trip Type: Muti-Day Trip
  • Project Type: Trail Maintenance

Project Description

Lucky volunteers will help PNTA service the Pacific Northwest Trail south of Mt Baker while camping out in the backcountry. We’ll camp out at Elbow Lake for two nights while we work on the Bell Pass, Elbow Lake and South Fork Nooksack Trails.

Volunteers will help log out these remote and hard to reach trails and help restore their tread and drainage features. We’ll be using hand tools to reshape the walking surface, clean and restore drains and culverts to working order and brush back the fast-growing vegetation. 

Volunteers will meet at the northern Elbow Lake trailhead and hike four miles into the lake and then set up camp. We’ll work Friday afternoon and Saturday and then pack up and hike out on Sunday morning. Food will be provided, but volunteers must have some personal backpacking gear. If you are in need of an item or two, please let us know. PNTA may be able to loan tents and other items from our gear library. Please see our packing list for more information.

We will meet at the trailhead on Forest Road 38 at 9:00am, have a quick safety chat and then hike in and set up camp. This is one of the few Backcountry Trips available this season and camping is limited, so sign up soon to reserve your spot today!

Prior backpacking experience is needed for this event, but no prior trail work experience is required.


Project Details
  • PNTA Last Worked Here: 2021
  • Project Leader: Sterling Collins-Hill
  • Trip Timeup to 48 hrs + drive time
  • Hike Distance: up to 6 miles
  • Spots Available: 6
  • Cost: Free
Other Location Info
  • Land Manager: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest — Mt. Baker Ranger District
  • Rendezvous Point: Elbow Lake Trailhead
  • Staging Area: N/A
  • Camping: Camping is included
  • 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.