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Bitterroot National Forest

July 16, 2018 - July 22, 2018

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Big Creek Canyon has long been a major thoroughfare and destination for Native American Indians, trappers, and mountain travelers in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. The trail threads through a beautiful glacier-carved canyon and provides a perfect backdrop for a wilderness experience. With basecamp at the beautiful Big Creek Lake, SBFC Staff, Interns and AHS Volunteers will use crosscuts and single-bit axes to clear this well-used trail around the lake to the famous Packbox Pass. Once this work is complete, the crew will work on clearing the South Fork of Big Creek trail towards another string of glacial lakes. Pack support will be provided to carry group gear, food, and tools.

This trip is hosted and crew led by the Selway Bitterroot Foundation.


Selway Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation


Primitive Tent Sites


Backpacking 8.5 miles to basecamp (Day Hiking up to 3 miles per day)

Project Rating

Very Strenuous

Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

You will find this spectacular 1.6 million acre forest in southwest Montana and Idaho to be a priceless national heritage. Half of the forest is dedicated to the largest expanse of continuous pristine wilderness in the lower 48 states -- the Selway Bitterroot, Frank Church River of No Return, and the Anaconda Pintler. Much of its beauty can be attributed to the heavily glaciated, rugged peaks of the Bitterroot Range. Drainages carved by glaciers form steep canyons that open into the valley floor. The abundance of natural resources offers a wide range of opportunities for recreation, grazing, wildlife, fisheries, timber, and minerals. Come enjoy the magnificent mountains, the serenity of wilderness, the miracle of spring flowers, majestic big game, and the sounds of birds here in our land of multiple uses.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will be staying in primitive backcountry camp sites. SBFC provides cooking gear including tables, tarp, 2 burner stoves with fuel, pots, pans, utensils, plates, bowls, mugs, etc. Pack support will be provided to carry group gear, food, and tools. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag and pad, cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items.


NO Airport Pickup provided for this trip. The closest airport is Missoula, Montana


Bitterroot National Forest
Big Creek Trailhead and Picnic Area, Victor, Montana 59875 United States