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Projects Open for Registration

At the moment the following projects are open for registration:

Project Date(s) Description
Become a Trail Ambassador 2020 Jun 20, 2020 – Oct 1, 2020

Would you like to volunteer in a meaningful way and help protect the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness? Would you like to volunteer on your own schedule, and hike a beautiful trail while at it?

As a trail ambassador, you will help us at the ABWF educate visitors at popular trails about proper LNT principles, bear protocols, and more! The A-B needs us to identify high-use areas and help inform folks to responsibly access them.

Volunteering as a TA, you will travel to a high-use trail head and greet people as they enter the wilderness, kindly checking in with them to make sure they have the knowledge they need to reduce impact. This year, we also welcome TA's to hike the first few miles of the trail to survey impact and continue to greet hikers.

If you have not been a trail ambassador with us before, we ask that you attend one of four, short training sessions (less than an hour, all starting at 10am, all on weekends):

6/6: Lake Fork Trail Head (outside of Red Lodge) 6/7: Pine Creek Lake Trail Head (near Livingston) 6/13: Billings River Front Park parking lot 6/14: E. Rosebud Trail Head

Let us know if you will be attending (either call, Facebook message, or email) so we can make sure we don't exceed 10 people. We look forward to working with you all!

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E. Rosebud Trail #15 Weed Day 2020 Jul 11, 2020

Location: E. Rosebud TH; Alpine, SW of Roscoe, MT—Beartooth District

Work: We need volunteers to survey, identify, and destroy invasive weeds (primarily knapweed and Canada Thistle) on the first 2 miles of the E. Rosebud Trail up to Elk Lake. Manual and chemical methods will be employed. No need to handle chemicals if you don't want to.

Description: This most popular of all A-B Wilderness trails follows along the Wild and Scenic East Rosebud Creek. It is also prone to infestations of spotted knapweed and Canada thistle. The ABWF and the Custer Gallatin National Forest have been teaming up for years to control the weed outbreaks, and we need volunteers to help us find the weeds, dig them up/manually destroy them, or even help us spray if you’d like.

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate. Maximum of 3 miles hiking, round trip Elevation: 6400 ft.

Group size: We will not exceed 10 people on our trail projects in 2020

Meeting time & location: 9:00 a.m. @ the E. Rosebud Parking Lot/TH.

Bring: Long pants, long-sleeved shirt. We’ll provide other personal protective equipment, including Tyvek suits if you choose to spray. Bring Water, lunch, snacks, sun protection; a friend.

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W. Fork Stillwater Trail #90/Breakneck Meadows 2020 Jul 23, 2020 – Jul 27, 2020

Work: A lot of Brushing (lopping/sawing brush growing over the trail; Sawing out trees across the trail as needed. Plus treadwork (widening and grading the trail)

Description: We’ll be hiking up the beautiful and reclusive West Stillwater Valley 8.5 easy miles along the W. Fork of the Stillwater River to Breakneck Meadows where we’ll set up camp for four nights. Each day we’ll be working within roughly 2-miles of camp. We’ll be doing a lot of brushing and trail grading. There will horse-packing support to carry in our heavy food, tools and camping equipment. Breakneck Meadows is a gorgeous destination!

Difficulty: Moderately strenuous. Hike in is moderate Horse Support: YES Elevation: 7500 ft.

Group size: We will not exceed 10 people on our trail projects in 2020

Meeting time & location: 8:00 a.m. We will gather together at the Old Nye Picnic Area just before you get to the Stillwater Mine. Then we’ll carpool/caravan to the Trailhead, which is a very rough road for passenger cars as it wends up and above the Mine to Initial Crk Campground and the W. Stillwater TH.

Bring: water, lunch, snacks, sun protection; bear-spray; a friend. Pack for car-camping if you intend to stay over. There’s good camping in the area

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W. Fork Boulder River Trail #41 2020 Jul 31, 2020 – Aug 3, 2020

Location: Southwest of Big Timber/McLeod; SE of Livingston—Yellowstone Ranger District

Work: Extensive brushing of lodgepole saplings obscuring the trail; Sawing out trees across the trail. Age appropriate work. This area burned a decade or so ago, and the lodgepoles came back with a vengeance!

Description: While this trip has traditionally been offered to high school students, we are opening it to the public this year! Our group will be hiking about 6 miles before we set up camp in pretty meadows along the stunning West Boulder River for 3 nights. From camp we’ll hike 2-miles or less each to where we’ll do our work to make this trail much more passable. We’ll also spend time in the evenings talking about conservation issues and the value of our public lands and wilderness. There will horse-packing support to carry in our heavy food, tools and camping equipment.

Difficulty: work is Moderate. Hike in is moderate Horse Support: YES Elevation: 6300 ft.

Group size: We will not exceed 10 people on our trail projects in 2020

Meeting time & location: 9:00 a.m. at the West Boulder Trailhead/Campground, which is at the end of the W. Boulder Road just past McLeod. Easy to Google Map.

Bring: Backpacking necessities. Boots, a reasonable-sized day pack, good rain gear. A good two-person tent you can share. Sleeping bag/pad. See “Multi-Day Trip Packing List.”

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Pine Creek Trail #627 to Palmer Mountain 2020 Aug 7, 2020 – Aug 10, 2020

Date(s): Thu-Mon, June 25 – 28 (4 days) Trail: Pine Creek Trail #627 to Palmer Mountain

Location: Northeast of Gardiner/Jardine—Gardiner District

Work: A lot of Brushing and extensive treadwork; adding fill to rutted trail; might need to shift the trail over in some places; tree-clearing as needed.

Description: A multi-day project, with nearby camping in Timber Camp site.

Camping: We’ll car camp for the duration in the Timber Camp undeveloped site (there is a toilet) up the Bear Creek Road. All Food is provided. Group size: 10 max; this project takes place on the Custer Gallatin NF.

Meeting time & location: 9:00 a.m. Gardiner Ranger Station, 805 Scott Street, Gardiner.

Bring: Boots, long pants, day pack, work gloves. Car camping.

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Fourmile/Meatrack Trails #22-23 w/ American Hiking Society 2020 Aug 19, 2020 – Aug 26, 2020

Location: South of Big Timber, along the Main Boulder Road at Fourmile Creek. Yellowstone RD.

Work: We will pull non-native houndstongue, construct water bars, build check dams and retaining walls out of stone and wood; and finish everything off by brushing the corridor. This is an all-around quite strenuous work project, as we will be working with stone, locally sourced logs, and standard trail tools (shovels, Pulaskis, picks, crosscut saws).

Description: This is our annual project with the members of the American Hiking Society. Our trip starts at the Frosty Freeze in Big Timber, MT. From there we will carpool/caravan up the Main Boulder River to the Fourmile Trailhead. The first and last night of the trip, the crew will camp at the Fourmile Trailhead. On the morning of Day 2, we will hike in the 5 miles and establish a basecamp for the rest of the week. The Beartooth Backcountry Horsemen will pack in our heavy stuff—food, tools, tents, etc.—so volunteers only need to carry a day pack with their clothes and personal items. This is an American Hiking Society trip; you must be registered for through their website: https://americanhiking.org/volunteer-vacation-trip/absaroka-beartooth-wilderness/. The road down the Main Boulder River gets quite rough beyond 4-mile; most passenger vehicles can make it to the 4-Mile bridge, but it’s slow going.

Difficulty: The work is Strenuous. Hike in is moderate to fairly strenuous. Horse Support: YES Elevation: 8000 ft.

Group size: We will not exceed 10 people on our trail projects in 2020

Meeting time & location: Whether you are driving yourself or catching a ride from the airport, we will convene at 2:30 p.m. at the Frosty Freeze in Big Timber and drive to the trailhead together.

Bring: See “Multi-Day Trip Packing List.

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