VTC #6 – Green Mountain

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Photo by Meg Killen

Project: Green Mountain

Landscape: Continental Divide – Alice Creek Historic District

Dates: June 29 – July 6, 2019

Location: CDNST, Green Mountain - Lincoln R.D.
Project Work: Trail Construction
Camping: Backcountry (stock supported)
Project Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Volunteer Limit: 8
Volunteer Slots Available: FULL - Waitlist only
Registration Deadline: Sunday June 23
Meeting Time & Place: Saturday June 29, 7:00 PM @ Alice Creek TH


Project Description

Green Mountain is a highpoint on the Continental Divide as it meanders north from Rogers Pass, to the Alice Creek Historic District and on toward the Scapegoat Wilderness. The Continental Divide Trail, our nation's longest mountain trail, passes over Green Mountain. The CDT travels from New Mexico all the way up to Waterton Lake on the US/Canada Border. This beloved route attracts plenty of section hikers and equestrians, as well as about 200 annual pilgrims who attempt to hike the entire 3100 miles in one go. Despite the CDT's marquee status in our network of National Historic and Scenic Trails, an abundance of work remains to complete the trail and put it on a sustainable route.

Currently, the CDT at Green Mountain is laid out in a manner that exacerbates erosion and makes for difficult travel. We'll be working with Lincoln Ranger District to reroute the trail onto a more sustainable, user-friendly pitch.

This project will be challenging - digging new trail is one of the burliest tasks a crew can tackle; however, the rewards will be great. You'll make a lasting impact on an esteemed mountain trail while taking in epic views. Join us for this incredible backcountry adventure!

About the Area

Alice Creek is a designated Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places. Its historic and cultural significance stretches back 5,000 years. The Cokahlarishkit Trail (translates as "Buffalo Road River") was used by Native Americans to cross the Continental Divide and reach buffalo hunting grounds east of the Divide. Several historic cairns in the area that survive today are believed to have been constructed by Natives who used the trail. In more recent history, the Lewis and Clark Expedition utilized this trail with guidance from the Nez Perce. Along the journey to modern day Lewis and Clark Pass, Meriwether Lewis noted passing several Native encampments in the area. Prior to reaching the pass, Nez Perce guides departed the expedition knowing that this area was fiercely protected by tribes east of the Divide.

Green Mountain is located just beyond Lewis and Clark Pass along the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. North from Green Mountain, the CDT travels into the Scapegoat Wilderness, the first ever citizen-initiated Wilderness area in the nation. Notable points south of Green Mountain include Rogers Pass, Granite Butte Lookout and the Nevada Mountain Roadless Area. Nearby Red Mountain is the tallest peak in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex at 9,400'.

Meeting Time & Place

Saturday, June 29th, 7:00 p.m. @ Alice Creek TH
Directions: Access to the trailhead is located about 9 miles east of Lincoln on Highway 200. Turn north on the Alice Creek road and travel about 8 miles to the trailhead.

Camping Details

On Saturday, June 29th, we'll be frontcountry car camping near the Alice Creek TH. Sunday morning we will pack into a backcountry camp near Green Mountain. This is a primitive, backcountry site. Our water source will be a spring coming from the mountain. If the spring has dried, we will have water packed in to us. 

Project Difficulty

This will be a Very Strenuous project. Our crew will have a steep 4-5 mile hike into our backcountry camp with about 2000' in elevation gain. Our daily hike to the worksite will not be significant, but digging a new reroute is the toughest brand of trail work. Completing the reroute is our top priority and there will not be an abundance of other tasks outside digging. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about your ability to participate safely in this project.

*Note: project work is subject to change. Our tasks may become easier or more challenging. Your flexibility in the field is appreciated as we adapt to changing conditions.

Food and Water

MWA will provide meals and cooking gear for the duration of the project. No dinner will be provided on Saturday the 29th, so please arrive having already eaten or prepared to eat on your own. First meal provided will be breakfast on the 30th and last meal provided will be lunch on Saturday the 6th. 

Volunteers are expected to help with food preparation and cleanup on a rotating basis, but your crew leader will handle primary kitchen responsibilities. 

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