Project: Sluice Boxes
Landscape: Little Belt Mountains
Dates: September 9 - 12, 2021
Location: Belt Creek Trail - Sluice Boxes State Park
Project Work: Trail Maintenance
Project Difficulty: Strenuous
Volunteer Limit: 8
Volunteer Slots Available: FULL
Meeting Time: Thursday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.
Meeting Place: Sluice Boxes State Park
MWA's Volunteer Trail Crew is headed back to Sluice Boxes for our last trip of 2021! Sluice Boxes State Park is located along Belt Creek in the Little Belt Mountains. The park contains one trail that closely follows Belt Creek, winding through steep canyon walls and providing glimpses of old mines and railroads from yesteryear. The trail doesn't receive regular maintenance so our Volunteer Trail Crew will have plenty of work to do. We'll be installing crib walls, retreading sloughed sections of trail and brushing the corridor to improve travel conditions. Come join us as we put an exclamation mark on our trail season with a service adventure in the Little Belts!
About the Area
Sluice Boxes State Park contains "soaring cliffs and precipitous ledges marking the Belt Creek Canyon as it slices out of the Little Belt Mountains and winds toward the town of Belt. Remains of mines, a railroad, and historic cabins line Belt Creek as it makes its way through the beautiful canyon carved in limestone. This rugged area has seen its share of prospectors searching for precious metals, miners, muleskinners, smelter men, and railroaders building bridges. The Barker mines and the Montana Central Railroad are just a part of the rich history of Sluice Boxes State Park." – stateparks.mt.gov.
Meeting Time & Place
Thursday, Sept. 9, 5 p.m. at Sluice Boxes State Park
Evans Riceville Road Entrance Parking Lot
Directions to Sluice Boxes from Great Falls:
Head East on US 87 South/US 89 South toward Belt
Continue on US 87 South/US 89 South past Belt for approx. two more miles
Turn Right onto US 89 South
Continue for approx. 9 miles
Turn Right onto Evans Riceville Road
We will be frontcountry car camping within Sluice Boxes State Park. It will be a primitive setup, without running water or a vault toilet. We will have to caravan to our campspot, which requires travel on a very steep and rocky primitive road.
This will be a strenuous project. 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 Friday morning. No dinner provided Thursday night so please plan accordingly. Your last provided meal will be lunch fixings on Sunday.
Volunteers are expected to help with food preparation and clean up on a rotating basis, but your crew leader will handle primary kitchen responsibilities. Water is available to filter nearby, but we will pack several cubies to make life easier. If you happen to have a cubie at home, please fill it up and bring with you so we don't need to run into town mid-trip to fill up.
- Volunteer Guide (including what to pack, FAQS and more)
- Weather Forecast
- Leave No Trace Principles
- Bear Safety