VTC - WildFest

Photo by Meg Killen

Project: WildFest

Landscape: Jewel Basin

Date: September 6, 2019

Location: Jewel Basin - Flathead Natl. Forest
Project Work: Trail Maintenance
Project Difficulty: Moderate
Volunteer Limit: 8
Volunteer Slots Available: 5
Meeting Time & Place: Friday September 6, 7:30 AM @ Cedar Creek Lodge Parking Lot


Project Description

Montana Wilderness Association's annual WildFest gathering is an amazing opportunity to meet other Montanan's passionate about public lands and celebrate our Wilderness heritage. This year, we are offering a one-day Volunteer Trail Crew outing to add a service component to the festivities. Every conscientious Wilderness lover knows that access to the public lands we love relies upon a well-maintained network of trails - here's your chance to give back!

Our crew will spend the day brushing on the Clayton Creek Trail, a sparsely used access point to the Jewel Basin via Hungry Horse Reservoir. We'll cut back vegetation encroaching on the trail corridor to ensure users can access Clayton Lake for years to come. This is a great opportunity to see a beautiful corner of the Jewel Basin while helping the US Forest Service address the maintenance backlog in the area.

We'll carpool to the trailhead from the Cedar Creek Lodge, our hub of WildFest acitivities for the weekend. All volunteers should come fully prepared to spend a full day in the field, rain or shine. Please make sure you have a lunch, snacks, water, day pack and rain gear for the outing. MWA will provide all safety gear and tools for the day. 

About the Area

The Jewel Basin's alpine lakes, rugged peaks, and ever-present mountain goats make it the quintessential northwest Montana landscape. The Jewel is home to some of the best hiking in the state, featuring loops that connect crystal clear lakes, mountain summits, and alpine meadows. This specially-designated 15,000 acre hiking area in the Swan Range features 27 named lakes and 35 miles of trail. From atop famed Mount Aeneas, one can take in views of Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and Flathead Lake.

Meeting Time & Place

Friday September 6, 7:30 AM @ Cedar Creek Lodge Parking Lot
We will be carpooling from Cedar Creek lodge to the trailhead together. MWA will have a rental van and work truck with capacity to shuttle volunteers and tools to the project site.

Project Difficulty

This will be a moderatley difficult project. We will be hiking between 3 - 6 miles throughout the day over relatively moderate terrain. Project work requires volunteers to lop and saw vegetation close to the ground, so there will be a lot of bending over and working in awkward positions.

*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 conditons. 

Food and Water

Volunteers will need to provide their own lunch, snacks and water for this day outing. We will be returning to town before dinner. Please come prepared with enough food and water to last you for the length of the day.

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