D. Upper Seymour Lake I, Anaconda Pintler Wilderness

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D. Upper Seymour Lake I, Anaconda Pintler Wilderness

August 6 - 12 2017

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Project Name: Upper Seymour Lake, Anaconda Pintler Wilderness
Project Dates: August 6 - 12, 2017
Registration Deadline: August 1, 2017

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

Location: Anaconda Pintler Wilderness, Beaverhead Deerlodge Natl Forest, Pintler Ranger District
Type of project:  Primitive backcountry (stock supported)
Travel to camp: 4 miles - 1000' elevation gain
Meeting Time and Place:  Seymour Creek Trailhead @ 7PM. 

Basic Project Description

Upper Seymour Lake lies in a cirque basin carved below the 10000' foot ridge spanning Goat Flats, Kurt Peak and Queener Mountain. Its quiet beauty transforms hourly as morning light, afternoon clouds and alpenglow evoke fresh prespectives on the still waters and the soaring backdrop. On this volunteer trail project we'll have the opportunity to soak it all up as we camp nearby and scout for work above the lake. 

While the lake's glory will always beckon, we will also spend a great deal of time working the trail leading to the lake. This stretch of the Continental Divide National Scenic trail serves as the gateway to what will be our home for the week. We will be building rock retaining and drainage structures in the timber and improving the tread by removing old culverts and pesky rocks.

We wil be working hard. You must be willing to sweat it out in order to accomplish maintenance critical to enjoying such wonderful places. This project will continue the work as left off by several MWA Trail Crews before us. It promises to be rewarding work and we always find a way to make it fun. Join us for another amazing service opportunity in the heart of the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness!

Meeting Place

We will meet Saturday, August 5 @ 7:00 PM at the Seymour Creek TH. We'll camp here Saturday evening before taking off early Sunday with our packers. Make sure to bring enough water to last you through Sunday's hike and arrive having already eaten dinner or prepared to cook your own dinner Saturday night.

Hike to Camp

4 miles- 1000' elevation gain. 

Hike at Worksite

Daily hike to work site is up to 5 miles. Exact worksite is subject to change pending work accomplishements and enviornmental conditions. Come prepared to hike! A long hike from camp or a work area stretching several miles of trail are all in play.

Camping Information

This is a primitive backcountry campsite with traditional pack support (horses and mules). They will be carrying group gear such as food and tools and kitchen equipment. Each volunteer must be prepared to carry your own pack with all of your personal belongings.

Volunteers will assist in preparing the campsite for the week including setting up tarps, kitchen equipment and digging a 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 be prepared to hang the food with your own gear and know-how. MWA bear boxes will be full with crew food and extra space will not be available. Read more about safely camping in bear country here. We kindly ask that you leave your technology and gadgets behind - let's enjoy the solitude and escape from technology for a week.

Food and Water

Your first meal provided will be breakfast and lunch fixings on Sunday morning. Please arrive to the trailhead on Saturday having already eaten or ready to prepare your own dinner.

Please inform your crew leader of any dietary restrictions or requirements when you register for a project or no less than a week before the project start date. Even if this means you’re a picky eater…please tell us! We need you to have full energy for working on the trail, so we want to provide everyone with food they will eat. Volunteers will be expected to assist with cooking meals, and cleaning dishes throughout the week. Please remember to bring your own dishware, utensils and coffee mug. All participants will be asked to help with camp chores including cooking, cleaning and camp set-up.

What to Bring

Please check out this link to review suggested gear list and to consider what to bring (or not bring) while camping and traveling in bear country. Frequently forgotten items include creek crossing shoes, rain gear and personal mess kits.

Physical Abilities

The work involved in this project is strenuous, as is the hike in. We'll have a long hike on the first and last day and be lifting and moving heavy objects and digging the rest of the time. You must be in great shape to join for this project.  Please be honest with yourself about your fitness level before registering for this project. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate, please contact MWA's Stewardship Coordinator 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 – even in July! If we do experience actual summerlike temperatures, be prepared for sun exposure. Bring hats, long sleeves, and sunscreen!

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

Daily Schedule

The crew will pack in on Sunday August 6 and set up camp. Work days will be August 7-11. The crew will take down camp and pack out on Saturday August 12. Volunteers are expected to participate in the entire trip. 

  • 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.

Do not show up to an 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.

MWA requires a refundable deposit for project registration. This will help us ensure that everyone who registers is well-intentioned and that MWA will not have to bear the costs of last-minute cancellations. More info available on the registration page linked below. Refundable Deposit for this project is $50.


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