B. Fish Trap Creek

Photo by Meg Killen

B. Fish Trap Creek 

June 26 - 30

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Project Name: Fish Trap Creek, Wisdom RD
Project Partner: Public Project

Volunteer Limit: 8
Volunteer Spaces Left: 5
Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

Location: Wisdom Ranger District, Beaverhead Deerlodge Natl Forest
Type of project:  Car Camping (front country)
Meeting Time: Sunday June 25 @ 7PM 
Meeting Place: Fish Trap Creek TH

Basic Project Description

MWA is thrilled to be working with the Wisdom Ranger District for another year of trail work. For this early season project, volunteers will assist with “opening” trails for the summer season. We will focus our sawing and chopping skills on the West Fork of Fishtrap Creek Trail (#130), a major feeder trail leading to the CDT. Since the trail often sees a lot of downfall, the work will be strenuous, with lots of crosscut and hand-sawing, as well as moving heavy logs out of the trail. We'll work our way up this trail into the Anaconda Pinter Wilderness. Once we are in the Wilderness we'll clear the CDT west toward scenic Rainbow Pass. Work may also include clearing water bars along the way. The campsite is located next to a group of trails, as well as a wetlands area for wildlife viewing.

Meeting Place

The volunteers and MWA staff will meet at the Fish Trap Creek TH on Sunday June 25 @ 7:00 PM.

Hike to the Worksite

Our work will require daily hiking to the worksite along the West Fork Fish Trap Creek trail (#130). As it is still early season, there may be downfall and trail obstructions. The distance hiked daily will increase as the project progresses. 

Camping Information

This is a primitive, frontcountry campsite. We will be able to drive to our campsite, but will likely stage our vehicles down the road to maximize room for camping. Primitive campsites also mean latrines (aka: holes in the gound). We will bring toilet paper, hand santizer, etc for this function. 

Volunteers will assist in preparing the campsite for the week including setting up tarps, kitchen equipment, and group latrine.  Crew will be educated on Leave No Trace practices, and asked to follow these principles throughout the week. Food storage (bear) regulations will be observed. MWA will provide adequate food and snacks, however, if you want to bring along some extra personal snacks please plan for safe storage accordingly. MWA bear boxes will be full with crew food and extra space will not be available. 

Food and Water

IMPORTANT:  Arrive on Sunday evening with enough water to get you through the evening and your own dinner. MWA will provide food for the week beginning with Monday morning breakfast and ending with lunch and afternoon snacks on Friday. 

MWA staff will be doing the grocery shopping and the meal planning. Please be detailed when describing dietary restrictions or food preferences, so we can be sure to provide nourishing and enjoyable meals. Volunteers will be expected to help with daily meal clean up and dishes. MWA provides all group cooking gear (e.g. stove, propane, pots/pans, etc), but not individual items. Please remember to bring your own plate/bowl, utensils and hot drink mug for each person.

What to Bring

Please be sure to review this Car Camping Gear List before packing and arriving to your project. Items commonly forgotten by volunteers include rain gear, mess kits, safety gloves, safety glasses, warm layers and water bottles - please make sure you have these before departing for our project. Rain or shine, we'll be working outside, so be sure to triple check that your rain gear is in your pack. 

Physical Abilities

This project is going to be tough work! You must be in sound physical condition to join for this project. If you have any concerns about your ability to participate, please contact MWA's Stewardship Coordinator Sonny Mazzullo at smazzullo@wildmontana.org or 406.334.7378.


Prepare for possibility of rain, snowstorms, high winds, cold weather and bugs. Unpredictable weather is to be expected – bring proper gear. It can snow in high elevations throughout the summer. If we do experience actual summerlike temperatures, be prepared for sun exposure by bringing hats, long sleeves, and sunscreen. MWA will be bringing a canvas wall tent for cooking (not sleeping) and for drying wet clothes, but please avoid cotton if possible to reduce the chances of soaked clothing. 

Here is a link to the Weather Forecast on NOAA.gov. However, don't be fooled; weather in the mountains can be very different than predicted. Please be prepared for all kinds of conditions, regardless of the forecast.

Spring tends to be damp and rainy so be prepared with proper rain gear as well as bug spray. The mosquitos can be very attentive in this area, depending on snow melt progression. 

Daily Schedule

The work days will begin on June 26 and go through the afternoon of June 29. Each volunteer is expected to participate in every work day. 

  • 7:00 AM: Breakfast- this is the time to chow down, pack a lunch, fill waters and prepare necessary layers and gear for the day.
  • 8:00 AM: Hike to the worksite- on Sunday morning this will be our departure for camp.
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail. One mid-morning and one mid-afternoon break.
  • 4:30 PM: Begin our hike back to camp- once we arrive back at camp we will have some personal time before jumping into dinner prep.
  • After dinner and dishes, you are free to spend the evenings as you wish- taking in a sunset, reading, chatting around the campfire or catching up on some zzz's.

Volunteers are responsible for checking project website for updates up until the day before the project start date. Last minute changes can take place due to weather, bad river crossings, wild fires or other events out of our hands. If you are traveling before your project, be sure to check your email to receive any last minute updates.  MWA staff may be in the field and unreachable 1-2 days before your project, so plan ahead! 


Do not show up to a MWA project without registering or without receiving a confirmation email from MWA staff. Unregistered volunteers will not be permitted to participate on projects. Minors require a hard copy volunteer registration with two signatures: one from volunteer, one from parent/guardian.


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