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Colville National Forest, Salmo-Priest Wilderness

July 14, 2018 - July 21, 2018

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The section of this trail that volunteers will be working on is an alternate route for the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. This section of trail runs through the Salmo Priest Wilderness. We will be camping outside of the wilderness and hike about 3 miles to work each day. A fire reached this portion of trail in the summer of 2017 and there are about 100 trees down across the trail. This section will need to be logged out with crosscut saws, and other types of hand saws. There will be a three person crew to supervise, assist, and support the volunteers during this project. Maintenance of the tread may also be required after this winter, and is a secondary priority. This work will be done with grub hoes, and other hand tools.

The Crew Leader position for this trip is still OPEN.  Learn more about the Volunteer Vacations Crew Leader program.


Pacific Northwest Trail Association


Car Camping Tent Sites


Day Hiking up to 6 miles per day

Project Rating


Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


Area and Attractions

The Colville National Forest disproves the widely held notion that Washington state lies flat east of the Cascade Mountains. Today's 1.1 million acre forest was first shaped over 10,000 years ago by Ice Age glaciers that carved three major valleys of today's Columbia, San Poil-Curlew, and Pend Oreille River flowing north into Canada before entering the Columbia River. These million acres in the northeast corner roll like the high seas. Three waves of mountains run from north to south, separated by troughs of valleys. These ranges -- the Okanogan, Kettle River, and Selkirk -- are considered foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Tucked among the Selkirk Mountains in the extreme northeastern corner of Washington, the U-shaped 43,348 acre Salmo-Priest Wilderness extends its borders along those of Idaho and British Columbia. Its most prominent features are two very long ridges, generally running southwest to northeast, connected near their northern ends by a ridge crowned by 6,828-foot Salmo Mountain. There might be an opportunity for a guided kayak trip. If that does not work then a hike on Abercrombie Mt. or a relaxing day at Sullivan Lake will be coordinated.

Accommodations Description

Volunteers will stay in car camping tent sites with vault toilets, tables, and food storage boxes. There is a stream near camp site for water. Showers will be available at end of the week. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag and pad, personal water filtration system, cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items.


Airport Pickup provided from SeaTac at 8AM on 7/14 and from Spokane International Airport/ Spokane, WA in the evening of 7/14


Colville National Forest, Salmo-Priest Wilderness
12641 Sullivan Lake Road, Metaline Falls, Washington 99153 United States