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Hogan and Luce Recreation Area, Wyoming – Volunteer Vacations 2022

August 7 - August 13

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Join the Bureau of Land Management to maintain and establish a new trail up Bald Ridge Trail! This horseback riding and hiking trail winds for five miles through BLM-managed public lands and state land to Bald Ridge in the Shoshone National Forest. The elevation ranges from 4,880′-8,400′. Spectacular views of the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River to the west and of Heart Mountain to the east await you. Pronghorn, mule deer, moose, elk, and grizzly and black bears may be encountered along this trail. Waterfowl are often found at the lakes near the trailhead and soaring raptors are often sighted.

The trail is steep and arduous requiring good physical condition of both humans and horses. The trail is marked by trail signs, and then rock cairns as it winds up Bald Ridge. The middle and upper portions are not marked or constructed; users must pick their own route up the mountain. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the current trail and establish a new defined trail up Bald Ridge. Work will include vegetation removal, surface water control using water bars, grade dips and ponding, removal of roots, stumps, and rocks, improving drainage, fixing tread creep, slough and berm work, and signage and marker installations.

AHS acknowledges with gratitude that this project takes place on the traditional lands of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Eastern Shoshone, Cheyenne and Apsaalooké (Crow) peoples past and present. We honor the land itself, the Indigenous communities who have stewarded this land for generations, and those who continue to steward these lands today. AHS invites all volunteers to join us in our commitment to support and amplify the work of Indigenous communities as they work to dismantle the systems of oppression that these communities continue to face today.

Host

Bureau of Land Management

Accommodations

Car Camping Tent Sites

Hiking/Access

Day hiking up to 5 miles each work day.

Project Rating

Difficult

Minimum Volunteer Age

18

Maximum Group Size

10

Area and Attractions

Hogan and Luce Recreation Area is located 18 miles north of the town of Cody which is noted as the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the town has about 9,500 citizens, a regional airport, and a tourism-based economy. Downtown consists of tourism and outdoor shops, and tourism attractions. Cody has several grocery stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and a Wal-Mart. The cultural environment is rich in tourism activities, which include the Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center, Chamber of Commerce, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody Trolley Rides, and old west shoot-outs. The City has a strong parks system of city parks, hiking and bike trails, recreation center, and access to the Shoshone River which is a Blue Ribbon River for Fishing. Hogan and Luce is also a few miles just a few miles north of Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and the Beartooth Highway which passes over the Beartooth Pass at 10,947 feet above sea level.

Accommodations Description

Bald Ridge Trail leaves from the Hogan and Luce Recreation Area. Volunteers will stay in the campground located at the trailhead. The campground contains 2 single vault toilets, (6) campsites with accessible picnic tables, fire rings and food storage containers. Volunteers need to supply their own tent and personal camping gear including sleeping bag, towels, and personal cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils. Please contact volunteer@americanhiking.org for assistance with gear needs.

Travel

Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody, Wyoming is the closest airport. Airport pick up and drop off is available for volunteers and will be arranged upon confirmation of the trip.

Location

Hogan and Luce Recreation Area
1002 Blackburn St, Cody, WY 82414 United States + Google Map
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