Many of our Pacific Northwest Trail Association members are riders and packers.

N Fk Sullivan Creek — Pack Out Support

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Date(s): 08/20/2023
All Day

Total: 12 / Remaining: 12

Sullivan Lake Ranger Station


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Project Profile
  • RegionNortheast Washington
  • Experience: Backpacking experience recommended
  • Ages: adults; 15–17 with a guardian
  • DifficultyDifficult (due to hike length)
  • Hike Length: over 6 miles
  • Trip Type: Pack Support, Backcountry
  • Trip Duration: Day Trip, or Multi-day
  • Project Type: Pack Support

Project Description

August is a great time to visit Sullivan Lake and spend a day volunteering as a pack support volunteer.

We’re looking for volunteers to help transport a both a PNTA and WTA trail crews’ gear from a backcountry worksite back to the trailhead. With your help, on Saturday afternoon, these backcountry crews will depart from the North Fork Sullivan Creek Trail 507 by way of Red Bluff Trail 553, a roughly 12-mile trek that takes approx. 7–8 hours on foot round trip.

We are also seeking volunteers to help pack our crews into the Wilderness on Wednesday, August 16th, and a WTA work party on Thursday morning.

If backcountry equestrians are interested in volunteering for this trip, we could accomplish our goals with 2–3 stock animals, hauling in roughly 200–250 pounds of tools and gear. (*PNTA gear only)

If equestrians aren’t available, then we’ll lighten our loads and make any necessary adjustments to get the job done with two-legged volunteers; 4 volunteer backpackers could help the crew carry out gear.

The PNTA can provide you with backpacks, and you decide how much weight you or your stock are comfortable carrying.

Please bring your essential daypack items, as well as your backpacking gear if you plan to make this a multi-day trip. See Resources (below) for Frequently Asked Questions and packing recommendations.

Project Details
  • PNTA Last Worked Here: 2022
  • Project Leader: Kristin Ackerman
  • Trail Crew Leader(s): Miles & Elizabeth
  • Trip Time: up to 8+ hrs daily, + drive time
  • Hike Distance: up to 12 miles round trip
  • Spots Available: 2–8
  • Meals: Not included; meal reimbursement available for multi-day participants
  • Cost: Free
Other Location Info
  • Land Manager: Colville National Forest — Sullivan Lake Ranger District
  • Rendezvous Location: Red Bluff Trailhead
  • Staging Area: Red Bluff Trailhead
  • Camping: Not included, but we’ll do our best to ensure multi-day volunteers have a place they’re allowed to disperse camp near Sullivan Lake; developed/ fee and dispersed campsites are nearby
  • Directions: From Sullivan Lake Ranger Station, continue north on Sullivan Lake Road approx. 1.1 miles.  Red Bluff trailhead will be on your right.

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 account (if applicable) and reload this page.

Ticket Type Spaces
Backcountry Equestrian — 08/20, Sun:  N Fk Sullivan Creek Pack Out
ETD 1300 @ N Fk Sullivan Creek TR 507
Headed out Red Bluff TR 553
approx. 12 mi | 1200' elevation gain | 7-hr round trip
Backpacker — 08/20, Sun:  N Fk Sullivan Creek Pack Out
ETA 1300 @ N Fk Sullivan Creek TR 507
Headed out Red Bluff TR 553
approx. 12 mi | 1200' elevation gain | 8-hr round trip

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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.