Each year, ABWF volunteers, staff, and Forest Service trail-crew members venture out to disparate corners of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness with saws and pulaskis in-hand to clear trail, clean drains, and assist with trail construction. On our projects, volunteers learn trail building techniques practiced by crews in the Custer-Gallatin Forest, while experiencing firsthand the thought, intention, and hard work that goes into maintaining our incredible trail system. Expect to learn and work during the day, eat delicious food around great company, and rest your head each night in a beautiful spot in the Absaroka-Beartooth.
2021 Trail Projects*
|Project||Ranger District||Trip Start Date||Trip End Date||Trip Length||Difficulty||Open Spots|
North Fork Bear Creek
|Gardiner||Fri. 6/18/21||Sun. 6/20/21||3 Days||Less Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
|Livingston||Thur. 7/1/21||Sat. 7/3/21||3 Days||Less Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
|Main Stillwater River||Beartooth||Thur. 7/8/21||Wed. 7/14/2021||7 Days||More Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
Lake Abundance Creek-Round One
|Gardiner||Thurs. 7/22/21||Wed. 7/28/21||7 Days||More Strenuous||3/7|
Lake Abundance Creek-Round Two
|Gardiner||Thur. 8/5/21||Wed. 8/11/21||7 Days||More Strenuous||6/7|
|Gardiner||Thur. 8/19/21||Mon. 8/23/21||5 Days||Moderately Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
|Lake Plateau||Beartooth||TBD||TBD||6 Days||More Strenuous||TBD|
|Livingston||Thur. 9/16/21||Mon. 9/20/21||5 Days||Moderately Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
|Other Unscheduled Projects**|
|West Boulder Meadows – Weed Pull||Beartooth||TBD||TBD||1-2 Days|
|Bassett Creek – Weed Pull||Gardiner||TBD||TBD||1-2 Days|
|East Rosebud Weed Pull||Beartooth||TBD||TBD||1-2 Days|
**Projects yet to be scheduled will be single-day or two-day projects on weekends (except for Lake Plateau)
Trail projects with the ABWF are…
- Accessible: Volunteers pay nothing to attend, and we welcome folks with a wide range of backcountry experience. If you are new to the outdoors, we encourage you to get in touch to see if a project like this could be a good fit ([email protected])!
- Productive: We train volunteers how to use their tools and bodies safely and effectively. Our goal is to do quality work that will leave our trails in good shape for years to come.
- A Great Time: You betcha! Working hard in the backcountry lends itself well to great conversations, satisfying meals, stunning views, and new friends.