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.
2022 Trail Projects
|Project||Ranger District||Trip Start Date||Trip End Date||Trip Length||Difficulty||Open Spots|
|Line Creek Basin||Beartooth||April 28||May 2||5 Days||Moderately Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
Main Stillwater River
|Beartooth||June 25||July 1||7 Days||More Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
|Meatrack Meadows||Yellowstone||July 6||July 12||7 Days||Moderately Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
|Cooke City Trail Clearing||Gardiner||July 21||July 25||5 Days||Less Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
|Lake Abundance||Beartooth||August 4||August 9||6 Days||Moderately Strenuous||3/7|
|Fox Lake||Gardiner||August 18||August 23||6 Days||Moderately Strenuous||Full, Accepting Waitlist|
|E Fork Mill Creek||Yellowstone||August 31||September 6||7 Days||Less Strenuous||3/7|
|2022 Single-Day Weed Projects|
|Suce Creek Weed Pull||Yellowstone||July 9||July 9||1 Day||Less Strenuous||10/10|
|Bassett Creek Weed Pull||Gardiner||July 16||July 16||1 Day||Less Strenuous||7/10|
|East Rosebud Weed Pull||Beartooth||July 16||July 16||1 Day||Less Strenuous||10/10|
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])! We also have some supplemental gear that we borrow out to volunteers.
- Productive: We train volunteers how to use their tools and bodies safely and efficiently. Our goal is to do quality work that will leave our trails in good shape for decades 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.