VTC #5 – Kading Re-Route

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Photo by Meg Killen

Project: Kading Re-Route

Landscape: Electric Peak/Little Blackfoot

Dates: June 28 – 30, 2019

Location: Kading Cabin – Helena-Lewis & Clark Natl. Forest, Helena R.D.
Project Work: Clearing
Camping: Frontcountry Car Camping
Project Difficulty: Strenuous
Volunteer Limit: 8
Volunteer Slots Available: FULL
Meeting Time & Place: Friday, June 28th – 7:00 p.m. @ Kading Cabin

***Please note this project is full. All further registrations will go to the waitlist.***


Project Description

Join Montana Wilderness Association as we team with a host of local partners and volunteers to begin work on the Kading Re-Route. It is going to be a party - we will work alongside volunteers from Montana Bicycle Guild, Prickly Pear Land Trust, and Back Country Horsemen of Montana to clear a corridor for the Kading Re-Route. Our crews will help move down logs, buck up trees, cut down small trees and brush out vegetation. This work is crucial to establish the best path for the route and make way for next year's crews to start digging. 

Once completed, the Cliff Mountain Crest Trail will offer stunning views of the Flint Creek Range, the Pintlers, and the Electric Peak Recommended Wilderness. The trail will connect to forest trails in Baggs Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and to the Continental Divide Scenic Trail. Here's your chance to join a team of hard-working visionaries who know how to have a good time while out working on the trail!

About High Divide Trails

Montana High Divide Trails is the vision of hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, and conservationists working together to build and protect a wide-ranging trail system along the Continental Divide between the Pintler and Scapegoat wilderness areas. This southwestern Montana system offers quiet trails and wilderness for everyone.

Nine organizations are collaborating to focus on conserving wildlands and fostering an outstanding network of quiet trails for hikers, mountain bikers, runners, and horseback riders to enjoy. The Montana High Divide Trails partnership includes: Great Divide Cycling Team, Helena Bicycle Club - Wild Divide Chapter, Helena Outdoor Club, Helena Trail Riders, Highlands Cycling Club, Last Chance Back Country Horsemen, Mile-High Back Country Horsemen, Montana Wilderness Association, and the Prickly Pear Land Trust.

Meeting Time & Place

Friday, June 28th, 7:00 p.m. @ Kading Cabin

Directions: Located 40 miles southeast of Helena, in the Little Blackfoot drainage, the cabin can be reached via U.S. Highway 12, turning south onto the Little Blackfoot Road just east of Elliston. From this intersection, it will be approximately 16 miles to the cabin. It is located on the west or right side of the road, directly across from the entrance to Kading Campground. Check out the Google Maps directions here.

Camping Details

We will be frontcountry, car camping near the Kading Cabin. There is potable water and a vault toilet at the campground. The crew may be able to utilize the cabin for cooking and storage but everyone will sleep in tents outside of the cabin. Please pack accordingly.

Project Difficulty

This will be a Strenuous project. Expected daily hike will be approximately 3 - 5 mile roundtrip with around 500' elevation gain. We will be moving heavy rounds of sawed trees from the trail corridor and using handtools to brush out vegetation. Footing will often be uneven, steep and brushy. 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 all food and cooking equipment. The first meal provided will be breakfast Saturday morning. Last meal provided will be lunch fixings on Sunday. Please arrive on Friday having made arrangements for your own dinner.

Volunteers are expected to help with food preparation and clean up on a rotating basis, but your crew leader will handle primary kitchen responsibilities. The cabin will be available for group food storage and kitchen set-up, but please plan to store any additional food or drinks in your personal vehicle.

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