VTC – Lake Abundance

Photo by Meg Killen

Project: Lake Abundance

Landscape: East Pioneers

Dates: August 7 - 14, 2021

Location: Torrey Mountain Rec. Wilderness – Beaverhead-Deerlodge Natl. Forest, Wise River R.D.
Project Work: Trail Maintenance
Camping: Backcountry (stock supported)
Project Difficulty: Very Strenuous
Volunteer Limit: 7
Volunteer Slots Available: FULL
Meeting Time: Saturday, August 7 at 7 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lost Meadow Trailhead



Project Description

Join MWA for our first ever Volunteer Trail Crew project in the East Pioneers! We are headed to the heart of the Torrey Mountain Recommended Wilderness to improve trail conditions near Lake Abundance and Crescent Lake.  Our crew will address deferred maintenance tasks including spot re-tread, removing overgrown vegetation from the trail corridor, and improving drainage on the trail.

This trip will be our most strenuous of the season. The hike into camp is a butt kicker with nearly 3000' of elevation gain over six and a half miles. The work will be physically taxing. If you're reading this though, you're probably the kind of person who takes pleasure in hard work. Come join us for a rewarding outing in some of the most spectacular country Montana has to offer!

About the Area

The Pioneer Mountains are located in southwest Montana near the Big Hole Valley and Anaconda Pintler Wilderness. The range is bisected by Wise River. A significant portion of the West Pioneers is a Wilderness Study Area. The East Pioneers include the 73,400 acre Torrey Mountain Recommended Wilderness which is home to dramatic granite peaks and crystal clear alpine lakes. Streams from the Pioneers flow into world-class trout fisheries including the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers. The Pioneers provide exceptional wildlife habitat and have a diversity of grasslands and forest types.

Meeting Time & Place

Saturday, August 7. 7 p.m. at Lost Meadow Trailhead

Directions from Wise River, MT:
Head South on the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway for aprox. 15.5 miles
Turn Left onto FSR 3976 to access the Lost Meadow Trailhead

Camping Details

On Saturday evening, we will car camp at the Lost Meadow Trailhead. Sunday morning we will pack into our backcountry camp near Lake Abundance. This will be a primitive, backcountry camp. Upon arriving at camp we will dig a latrine, establish a kitchen in the cabin, and begin filtering water for the week. Leave No Trace and Bear Safety practices will be strictly followed.

This is a stock-supported trip, meaning packers will be bringing in all of our group gear and food. Volunteers must be prepared to carry in all of their own personal gear in addition to a trail tool. There is always a chance packers will be able to take a tent or sleeping bag off your back, but do not bank on this. A huge thanks to our packer friends with the Back Country Horsemen!

Hike to Camp: 6.5 miles, 2660' elevation gain

Project Difficulty

This will be a Very Strenuous project. The hike into camp is over 6 miles with nearly 3000' of elevation gain. Daily hikes will be shorter in the 3-4 mile range. We expect our primary work to be constructing a re-route, which is intensive work requiring much digging. Maintenance work will vary. Please only sign up for this trip if you know you can handle very difficult work.

*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. No dinner will be provided Saturday evening, so please arrive having made arrangements independently. First meal provided will be breakfast Sunday morning and last meal will be lunch fixings on our pack-out day.

Volunteers are expected to help with food preparation and clean up on a rotating basis, but your crew leader will handle primary kitchen responsibilities. We will be filtering drinking water for the week and everyone's help in keeping the cubies full will be appreciated (MWA provides group water filters).

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