For a list of upcoming trail projects, visit our stewardship events schedule.
Recreational Trail Systems within our wilderness lands hold several benefits for us and our community. Trails serve to increase access to the backcountry, heighten enjoyment of our recreational forays, and lessen human impact to these beloved wildlands here in some of North Idaho’s most rugged and scenic country.
Trails require periodic maintenance in order to mitigate hazards to recreationalists, keep pathways clear of fallen trees and vegetation growth, and control erosion effects. Trails are also subject to invasion by weedy species, as both human and animal vectors alike steer toward forest trails for ease of travel.
The Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness have been working cooperatively with the Kootenai and Idaho Panhandle National Forests (see our Personal Protection Equipment Standards) since 2010 to help supplement their capacities in recreational trail maintenance. Throughout this time, FSPW volunteers have accomplished project work on several area trails including Scotchman Peak trail, Regal Creek trail, Morris Creek trail, Goat Mountain trail, Little Spar trail, Blacktail Lake trail, Star Peak trail, Ross Creek trail, and Mud Creek trail, to name a few.
FSPW trail crews have accomplished everything from trail re-routing, tread construction and maintenance, hazard tree removal, down log removal, and trail brushing to weed mitigation, signage projects, and structure rehabilitation.
In the summer of 2016, FSPW will be engaging in a number of trail building projects. Two of our Field Day Fridays (and one Monday) will be devoted to a reroute around the first mile of the popular Scotchman’s Peak Trail #65, which users probably know is eroded and aggressively steep. In addition to the work being done on one of Bonner County’s most noteworthy trails, the Friends will be hosting work days and weekends at Goat Mountain, Spar Peak and Morris Creek. When we aren’t building trails, we will be introducing kids to the natural wonders of the Scotchman Peaks with our Community Kids series which will provide transformative experiences for local youth.
If you would like to participate in any of these work days but feel like you need to improve on your technical skills, check out our Annual Trail Steward and Hike Leader Training Day, which will be held on June 4th. The class will teach basic trail safety, basic power and cross-cut saw techniques and safety, weed identification, trail building and maintenance techniques and methods, trail standards and more.
FSPW will continue to recruit volunteers for projects in summer 2016. Our trails NEED YOU if they are going to persevere. Demonstrate your love of the wilderness by working to keep your favorite trails open, healthy, and accessible! To become a volunteer, visit our upcoming stewardship events page or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org wilderness for more information.