VTC – West Big Hole

Photo by Meg Killen

Project: West Big Hole

Landscape: Beaverhead Mountains

Project Dates: September 2 - 5, 2021

Location: Twin Lakes - Beaverhead-Deerlodge Natl. Forest, Wisdom R.D.
Project Work: Trail Maintenance
Camping: Frontcountry Car Camping
Project Difficulty: Strenuous
Volunteer Limit: 8
Volunteer Slots Available: FULL
Meeting Time: Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
Meeting Place: Twin Lakes Campground



Project Description

The West Big Hole is one of Montana's most iconic landscapes. It has been a few years, but our Volunteer Trail Crew is headed back to the Beaverheads to work on the Continental Divide. Trail #3810 leaves right from our camp at Twin Lakes and serves as a portal to the Continental Divide Trail. Our crew will be improving this trail with retread and drainage work. We'll also clear down trees and brush out vegetative growth. If we knock out all the work on this trail, we'll hike all the way up to the CDT for some additional maintenance tasks. Come join us for another rewarding project in an amazing place!

About the Area

The Beaverhead Mountains form the western flank of the Big Hole Valley and the border between Montana and Idaho. The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail winds up the Beaverhead Mountains as it heads north into the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness. Twin Lakes lie just below the Divide and drains into Big Lake Creek, a tributary of the Big Hole River. 

Meeting Time & Place

Thursday, Sept. 2, 7 p.m. at Twin Lakes Campground

Directions from Wisdom, MT:

  • Head South on MT 278 for aprox. 7 miles
  • Turn Right onto Twin Lakes Road
  • Continue for aprox. 7 miles
  • Take Forest Service Road 183 for 5 miles to the campground

Google Maps gives different directions that appear to get you there as well.

Camping Details

We'll be camped at the Twin Lakes Campground. This is a frontcountry, car camping trip. Twin Lakes is a developed campground with a vault toilet and drinking water on-site. Our crew will share a few campspots, but we will not take up the entire campground. Please come prepared to share the space.

Project Difficulty

This will be a strenuous project. We will have long daily hikes with substantial elevation gain. Project work will involve intensive periods of digging.

*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 dinners and cooking equipment. The first meal provided will be breakfast Friday morning. Please arrive Thursday evening with your own dinner. Last meal provided will be breakfast and 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.  The campground has drinking water available.

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