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Custer Gallatin National Forest

July 8 - July 14

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This project consists of general trail clearing and maintenance on trails in the Clark’s Fork River drainage and the beartooth plateau on the Custer Gallatin National Forest in the Cooke City, MT area. Trail clearing and maintenance includes clearing downed trees across trails, cleaning of water bars, and removing trailside brush using primitive tools such as crosscut saws, axes, shovels, pulaski’s, and loppers. Maintainence may also include some work repairing or installing new trail structures such as turnpikes or puncheons. Work will consist of day trips that involve hiking 6 to 10 miles per day while conducting trail work. Volunteer crews will be supervised and will work directly with some of the district’s trail crew. Most of this project work will occur within the picturesque Absaroka Beartooth-Wilderness. Volunteers would stay at the Forest Service Cooke City work station, a rustic log cabin located 2 miles from Cooke City, MT. Shower and laundry facilities are available. Goals for week would be clear out as many miles of trails as possible in this area that contains more than 50 miles hiking and horseback riding trails as they emerge from the winters snow pack.

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Host

Forest Service

Accommodations

Cabin/Lodge

Hiking/Access

Day Hiking up to 10 miles per day

Project Rating

Very Strenuous

Minimum Volunteer Age

18

Maximum Group Size

6

Area and Attractions

Cooke City is a small mountain community located miles from the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park. It is also a primary portal to the Beartooth Plateau portion of the Absaroka/Beartooth Wilderness Area that sports spectacular scenery, wildlife, fishing and outdoor recreation. There is also easy access to site seeing and wildlife watching within Yellowstone National Park. The area is rich in history, and offers outdoor enthusiasts an array of adventures from weeklong backpack trips to shorter day hikes to one of over 600 high alpine lakes. Elevation in the area ranges from 7,500 to 11,000 feet.

Accommodations Description

The Cooke City cabin is located about 2 miles from Cooke City and can accommodate up to 6 people in bunks. The cabin has electricity and running potable water and is road accessible. The cabin has cooking facilities (electric stove, microwave), refrigerator, cooking gear, wood stove and electric heat. The nearby admin site has toilets, showers, and laundry facilities where volunteers will stay the first and last night of the trip. Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, towels, cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal gear.

Travel

Airport Pickup provided from Bozeman Intl Airport/ Bozeman MT

Location

Custer Gallatin National Forest
620 HWY 212, Cooke City, Montana 59020 United States

Registration

Out of stock!American Hiking Society Member$275.00Wahoo, you get a registration discount!
Out of stock!Non-Member$330.00Registration includes 1-year AHS membership. Welcome!
Out of stock!Additional Trip(s) in 2018$195.00Thanks for conserving trails...again!
Out of stock!Group$195.004+ Participants, All must be AHS members