Trail Projects


“Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him.”

-Henry David Thoreau, Walking

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.

Volunteers hard at work

Volunteers hard at work

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 Creek 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.

trailsclassFriends of Scotchman Peaks will begin posting the 2019 trail work schedule soon. Check back soon for project days and locations.

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 1st. The class will teach basic trail safety, 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 2019.  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, or contact us at wilderness for more information.