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

N Fk Sullivan Creek — Pack In Support

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Date(s): 08/16/2023
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 PNTA trail crew’s equipment to a backcountry worksite on the Colville National Forest. These volunteers make a huge difference by helping trail crews arrive in backcountry with more time and energy to spend on trail work.

With your help, on Wednesday morning, a PNTA trail crew will hike out the Red Bluff Trail 553 to reach a worksite on the North Fork Sullivan Creek Trail 507.  This 6-mile trek that will take about 3.5–4 hours on foot, one way.  From there, our crew will clear the logs off the trail to the Wilderness boundary, just in time to help a WTA work party that will also be working over the weekend. (The WTA work party could also benefit from pack support on Thursday morning; the PNTA is happy to help coordinate a 2-for-1 support effort.)

We are also seeking volunteers to help pack our crews return from the Wilderness on Sunday, August 20th.

If backcountry equestrians are interested in volunteering for this trip, we could accomplish our goals with 2–3 stock animals, hauling in roughly 250–300 pounds of supplies, tools and gear.

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; 4–8 volunteer backpackers could help the crew carry in supplies and 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: 2–10
  • 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: See Location for directions

Register for this Party

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Ticket Type Spaces
Backcountry Equestrian — 08/16, Wed:  N Fk Sullivan Creek Pack In
ETD 0900 from Red Bluff TR 553
Headed for N Fk Sullivan Creek TR 507
approx. 12 mi | 1200' elevation gain | 7-hr round trip
Backpacker — 08/16, Wed: N Fk Sullivan Creek Pack In
ETD 0900 from Red Bluff TR 553
Headed for N Fk Sullivan Creek TR 507
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.