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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

May 16 - May 24
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, 2020 W. Highway 61, Grand Marais, Minnesota 55604 United States
$195 - $330 Sold out

Volunteers will tackle clearing blowdowns and brush along a remote section of the Kekekabic Trail within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest. This trail is a vital link in the North Country National Scenic Trail which spans 4,600 miles from ND to NY. The work will entail using hand saws and loppers to clear the 4′ x 8′ corridor. We will split into two separate crews before going in based upon crew members' preferences.…

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Chugach National Forest

June 3 - June 8
Chugach National Forest, 145 Forest Station Rd, Girdwood, Alaska 99587 United States
$195 - $330 Sold out

Invasive weed control is a vital and ongoing effort on the Chugach National Forest! We have relatively few infestations, thus our work in controlling weeds has a huge impact. Volunteers will be traveling via train (no additional fee) to Spencer Glacier and Lake area to control dandelions and other non-natives along trails and developed sites. Work will consist of a 4-mile hike with 1,500' elevation gain. The crew will stay at Spencer until Wednesday before departing to camp at Porcupine…

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Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

June 17 - June 23
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Upper Skilak Campground, Cooper Landing, Alaska 99572 United States
$195 - $330 2 spots available

Work will include routine brushing of the trail corridor as well as 1-2 enhancement / construction projects. Projects may include 1) constructing short trail re-routes, switchbacks or climbing turns, 2) construction of rock or timber stairs and/or 3) construction and/or rehabilitation of erosion control or drainage structures. The Crew Leader position for this trip is still OPEN.  Learn more about becoming a Crew Leader with American Hiking Society.

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San Juan Islands National Monument

June 17 - June 23
San Juan Islands National Monument, 148 Odlin Park Road, Lopez Island, Washington 98261 United States
$195 - $330 Sold out

Volunteers will perform trail maintenance, noxious weeds eradication and recreation site maintenance. The crew will be transported to and from base camp to the work areas via carpools and or boat with minimal hiking involved. Dependent on the weather, projects may be performed on outer islands. Volunteers will be engaged with a handful of other agency representatives in the SJI and also working outside of BLM lands. It takes an island and we all share when we can! Meet the…

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Six Rivers National Forest

June 24 - June 30
Six Rivers National Forest, 1 Ishi Pishi Rd, Orleans, California 95556 United States
$195 - $330 15 spots available

Volunteers will work on opening the Haypress Trail toward Cudihy Lakes providing access to the heart of the Marble Mountain Wilderness. The project will involve using crosscut saws to clear trees that have fallen across the trail. There will be tread improvement and brushing to be done as well, although the work will primarily be tree clearing. By opening the Haypress Trail, we will make it easier for hikers, equestrians, and Forest Service scientists and staff to attain access to…

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California Coastal National Monument, Trinidad coastline

June 24 - June 30
California Coastal National Monument, Trinidad coastline, 380 Janis Court, Trinidad, California 95570 United States
$195 - $330 1 ticket left

Volunteers will work on several popular public trails to local beaches along the Trinidad coastline in northern California, where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean. These are amazing oceanside public trails that highlight the California Coastal National Monument, coastal habitats and shoreline tidepools. You will be supervised by local trail builders and natural resource experts. The small ‘city’ of Trinidad is recognized as a CA Coastal National Monument Gateway Community for its ocean-front location and support of coastal conservation. Trail…

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Monongahela National Forest

June 24 - June 30
Monongahela National Forest, 459 Nursery Bottom Rd, Parsons, West Virginia 26287 United States
$195 - $330 Sold out

Canaan Mountain Backcountry is located on a high elevation plateau ranging in elevations from 3,100 to 4,145 feet. This is a semi-primitive area that includes many seasonally wet places. Poor drainage from trail surfaces, dense rhododendron thickets, and broken bog crossing structures have diminished the quality of recreation opportunity in the area. These sections of trail currently don’t receive much day to day use due to their present condition, making this a severely underutilized high priority backcountry loop. Trail use…

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Sheyenne National Grasslands

July 8 - July 14
Sheyenne National Grasslands, 220 1st Ave S, Kindred, North Dakota 58051 United States
$195 - $330 9 spots available

The crew will tackle several projects on the 32 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail in the Sheyenne National Grassland, including: re-setting trail marker posts, doing trail tread repair work, and mowing the trail. This work will involve using hand tools, walk behind brush mowers, and walk behind motorized wheelbarrows. The Sheyenne National Grassland is a 71,000 acre expanse of tallgrass prairie and oak savannah - two endangered ecosystems. This trip will be hosted and crew led by…

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Custer Gallatin National Forest

July 8 - July 14
Custer Gallatin National Forest, 620 HWY 212, Cooke City, Montana 59020 United States
$195 - $330 1 ticket left

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.…

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Colville National Forest, Salmo-Priest Wilderness

July 14 - July 21
Colville National Forest, Salmo-Priest Wilderness, 12641 Sullivan Lake Road, Metaline Falls, Washington 99153 United States
$195 - $330 6 spots available

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…

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

July 14 - July 21
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 107 N Lake Street, Leland, Michigan 49654 United States
$195 - $330 Sold out

Trail Maintenance on North Manitou Island – The work will include hiking and clearing the 35 miles of wilderness trails on the island. Volunteers will work alongside Park Service employees to use traditional tools such as axe cross cut saw, and peavey to clear and brush the trails on the island. Volunteers may be expected to backcountry camp and hike up to 10 miles per day. In addition, transportation on the off the island requires a 1 hour boat ride…

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Bitterroot National Forest

July 16 - July 22
Bitterroot National Forest, Big Creek Trailhead, Victor, Montana 59840 United States
$195 - $330 2 spots available

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…

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Makoshika State Park

July 22 - July 28
Makoshika State Park, 1301 Snyder Av, Glendive, Montana 59330 United States
$195 - $330 1 ticket left

Makoshika State Park is Montana's largest state park as it totals almost 12,000 acres in size. The park has 11 designated trails, visitor center, campground, archery range, pavilion for rent, and amphitheater that seats over 200 people. The park receives over 100,000 visitors a year and just recently won the USA Today Best Montana Attraction award. The park’s main storyline is dinosaurs. Over 10 different species of dinosaur fossils have been found in the park. The visitor center also has…

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