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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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Trail Baking Workshop #1: Paradise Valley 2020 Jul 6, 2020

Description: Have you been wanting to take your trail cooking skills to the next level? Join the ABWF and Maya from Cattail Bakery (Red Lodge) at Mallard’s Rest Campground in the Paradise Valley, and help us crank out some empanadas and a fresh sourdough loaf! We will go over trail baking basics during this collective knowledge share, cooking over fires and using frybakes.

We will also provide an extra frybake or two, in case you would like to bring something of your own to bake! Our doughs and the firewood will be ready to go, so all you need to do is bring yourself, a bit of an appetite, and an excitement for food and cooking on trail.

Meeting Time and Location: 4pm at Mallards Rest Campground in the Paradise Valley on July 6th

Covid 19 considerations: We will keep our group under 10 people and maintain 6 feet of distance between people who arrive in separate groups. If you would like to get hands-on with the bake, we recommend you bring a pair of work/gardening gloves. Please also bring your own plate and silverware for the grub. We will have hand sanitizer, disposable masks, and disinfectant wipes available.

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Deep Dive Hike: Montana Waters, West Boulder River 2020 Jul 10, 2020

Description: Montana’s free-flowing rivers and clean water are critical to our state’s prosperity, our unmatched way of life, and to our flourishing fish and wildlife. They provide us with drinking water, irrigation water, and world-class recreational opportunities. Montana’s traditional agricultural economy and our rapidly growing $7.1 billion outdoor recreation economy thrive on the abundance of healthy rivers and clean water.

Please join guest speakers Charles Wolf Drimal of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Kascie Herron of American Rivers as they share their decade-long effort to introduce and pass new legislation called the Montana Headwaters Security Act, which would designate new Wild and Scenic Rivers flowing out of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and on other public lands in southwest and central Montana.

Meeting Time and Location: West Boulder Campground, 10am.

Covid-19 Considerations: We will keep our group size below ten people and ask all attendees to stay six feet apart from folks who they do not arrive with. Hand sanitizer will be made available and attendees will be in touch with the ABWF during the days leading up to the hike to ensure they are experiencing no relevant symptoms.

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Deep Dive Hike: Off Trail Navigation Clinic 2020 Jul 12, 2020

Description: Join the ABWF on the Beartooth Plateau to learn route-finding skills while hiking off trail. We will teach and practice identifying features on maps like peaks, drainages, noses, and saddles, while also learning how to use triangulation to identify one’s exact location. Finally, we will shoot some bearings for those times when visibility is limited or the forest is thick. If those skills mean nothing to you yet, or if you want to fine-tune your skills, meet us in the high country for this workshop.

We will hike around 5 miles total during this clinic. However, folks of all hiking abilities are invited to join us, because we can do a lot of the teaching from the parking lot or close to it.

Meeting place and time: 10am on the Beartooth Pass pullout parking lot on July 12th. We will caravan together to a nearby trailhead and get started.

Covid-19 Considerations: We will keep our group size to 6 people. Each person will use their own compass, provided by the ABWF and sanitized pre-use. While viewing the same map for demonstration, teachers and learners will be asked to wear masks. We will maintain six feet of distance while hiking from folks we did not arrive with. We will also be in touch with attendees during the days leading up to the hike to ensure they are not experiencing any related symptoms.

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Deep Dive Hike: Tundra Fragility and Whitebark Pine 2020 Jul 18, 2020

Description: Join the ABWF on the Line Creek Plateau as we learn about two features of the Beartooths that make the region absolutely unique: Tundra and Whitebark Pine. We will walk out onto the Line Creek Plateau off of the Beartooth Highway to discover what makes our tundra special, and our Whitebark Pines so vital to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

This walk will be relatively short, between 2-4 miles round trip. Folks of all hiking abilities are invited to join us, and we will decide how far to hike based on interest and energy levels.

Meeting time and Location: 10am on the Montana/Wyoming state line on the Beartooth Highway 212, July 18. We will then caravan the short drive to the Line Creek trailhead.

Covid-19 Considerations: We will keep our group size below ten people and ask all attendees to stay six feet apart from folks who they do not arrive with. Hand sanitizer will be made available and attendees will be in touch with the ABWF during the days leading up to the hike to ensure they are experiencing no relevant symptoms.

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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, August 7-10 (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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Trail Baking Workshop #2: Red Lodge 2020 Aug 10, 2020

Description: Have you been wanting to take your trail cooking skills to the next level? Come out to Basin Campground near Red Lodge and help us crank out some empanadas and a fresh sourdough loaf! We will go over trail baking basics during this collective knowledge share, cooking over fires and using frybakes.

We will also provide an extra frybake or two, in case you would like to bring something of your own to bake! Our doughs and the firewood will be ready to go, so all you need to do is bring yourself, a bit of an appetite, and an excitement for food and cooking on trail.

Meeting Time and Location: 4pm at Basin Campground near Red Lodge on August 10th

Covid 19 considerations: We will keep our group under 10 people and maintain 6 feet of distance between people who arrive in separate groups. If you would like to get hands-on with the bake, we recommend you bring a pair of work/gardening gloves. Please also bring your own plate and silverware for the grub. We will have hand sanitizer, disposable masks, and disinfectant wipes available.

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Fourmile/Meatrack Trails #22-23 2020 Aug 20, 2020 – Aug 25, 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: 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 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. 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: 8am at the Frosty Freeze in Big Timber. We will drive to the trailhead together.

Bring: See “Multi-Day Trip Packing List.

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