Trail Projects

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*

ProjectRanger DistrictTrip Start DateTrip End DateTrip LengthDifficultyOpen Spots

North Fork Bear Creek
GardinerFri. 6/18/21Sun. 6/20/213 DaysLess StrenuousFull, Accepting Waitlist

Crow Mountain
LivingstonThur. 7/1/21Sat. 7/3/213 DaysLess StrenuousFull, Accepting Waitlist
Main Stillwater RiverBeartoothThur. 7/8/21 Wed. 7/14/20217 DaysMore StrenuousFull, Accepting Waitlist

Lake Abundance Creek-Round One
GardinerThurs. 7/22/21Wed. 7/28/21 7 DaysMore Strenuous1/7 Available

Lake Abundance Creek-Round Two
GardinerThur. 8/5/21Wed. 8/11/217 DaysMore Strenuous4/7 Available

Beaten Path/ Kersey Lake
GardinerThur. 8/19/21Mon. 8/23/215 DaysModerately Strenuous6/7 Available

Anderson Ridge
LivingstonThur. 9/16/21Mon. 9/20/215 DaysModerately StrenuousFull, Accepting Waitlist
Other Unscheduled Projects**
West Boulder Meadows – Weed PullBeartoothTBDTBD1-2 Days
Bassett Creek – Weed PullGardinerTBDTBD1-2 Days
East Rosebud Weed Pull BeartoothTBDTBD1-2 Days
*Priority will be given to volunteers who can join for the entire project and committed groups of volunteers
Trail projects with the ABWF are
  1. 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])! 
  2. 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. 
  3. A Great Time: You betcha! Working hard in the backcountry lends itself well to great conversations, satisfying meals, stunning views, and new friends.