Supporting stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness 
and fostering appreciation of wild lands.

Day Projects (2015)

HIT THE TRAIL FOR A DAY.

Limited on time? Help out for a day. Get outside and help to improve trails, eliminate weeds, and have fun while doing it!

Nichols Creek Trail (September 26th) 

Public Lands Day in the Red Lodge Area!  Many people have asked if we will be working any further on the new Nichols Creek Trail. ABWF is once again teaming up with the Forest Service, Pedal United, and BRTA to make progress on a great new local trail.  We hope you'll join us again!

We are asking you, once again, to come out for Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 26th at 9:00 a.m. to help build this new trail.  The combined efforts of the ABWF, Forest Service, BRTA, Red Lodge Hiking Club and MCC have made staggering progress on this trail! When completed, the trail will connect the Nichols Creek Trailhead (tiny parking area 1/4 mile past the junction of Ski Run Rd. and the West Fork Rd.) to the Lower Parking Lot at Red Lodge Mt. Ski Area.  Meet at the lower parking lot at the ski area.  We’ll start working where we left off -- now well over a mile from the parking lot -- clearing out downed timber and lots of brush while establishing a clear trail that can be used by hikers, horses, skiers and mountain bikes. 

Difficulty is moderate.  There are a variety of jobs that are difficult to easier in nature, and not a lot of hiking is involved.  Elevation is ~7100 feet.  Bring your own lunch and snacks. We'll meet at Sam's Taproom afterward to celebrate the end of a great season. Volunteers will receive free beer tokens! Everyone is welcome. Download full project details.

  

Nichols Creek Trail (June 27th) 

Community Trails Day in the Red Lodge Area!  First there was the Forest Service’s Willow Creek Trail (connecting Palisades Campground to the Lower Parking lot of the ski area).  Then, the past two summers volunteers helped build the Palisades Trail connecting Palisades campground to the end of Fox Road west of the cemetery…This year ABWF is once again teaming up with BRTA, the Red Lodge Hiking Club, and MCC to make progress on a great new local trail!  Join us!

This summer we're excited to begin Phase III—the new Nichols Creek Trail!  We are asking you to come out for Community Trails Day, Saturday, June 27th at 9:00 a.m. to help build this new trail.  

Difficulty is moderate.  There are a variety of jobs that are difficult to easier in nature, and not a lot of hiking is involved.  Elevation is ~7100 feet.  Bring your own lunch and snacks.  A celebratory picnic will follow!  Everyone is welcome. Download full project details.

Bassett Creek Weeds Project (June 13th)

Don’t let Weeds Win! Join us for a full day of weed warfare. Volunteers will pull, dig, and chemically spray noxious weeds in this Wilderness access area just north of Gardiner. It’s about a 2.5 mile hike in to the Basin, so be prepared to hike 6-7 miles on the day.  Protective gear will be provided for anyone who helps with spraying.   

Bassett Creek flows into the Yellowstone River at LaDuke Spring, just north of Gardiner.  We’ll meet at the La Duke Trailhead (not the picnic area!) at 9:00 a.m. 

There are a multitude of invasive weeds along this drainage leading into the A-B Wilderness, so we need your help. Weeds are one of the greatest threats to the Wilderness integrity and the native ecosystem. Volunteer efforts on a repeating basis have been shown to make a huge difference in keeping weeds at bay. Difficulty is moderate. Hiking 6-7 miles total. Elevation is ~5500 feet. Download full project details.  

National Trails Day—E. Baldy Basin Trail  (June 6th)

Wilderness, just outside Livingston!  Each year the ABWF honors our wonderful trails by putting together a day-long work project to improve a trail on National Trails Day!  This year you can join us for general trail maintenance on the E. Baldy Basin Trail, north of Elephanthead Mt. to the southeast of Livingston.  As always, long pants and hiking boots are a must. Please pack your own lunch, snacks, and water, and don't forget raingear!

We will meet at the Livingston Ranger Station at 8 a.m. and carpool from there.  We'll park at the Mission Creek Trailhead and hike in from there.  There's probably 6 miles of moderate hiking and work over the course of the day.  Elevation is ~6500 feet. Download full project details.

 

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