Supporting stewardship of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness 
and fostering appreciation of wild lands.

Multi-Day Projects (2015)


Enjoy good views, good company, while making a difference. Most trips food is provided and horses help haul the gear.  Join an adventure!

West Boulder (June 17-20)  GIRLS TRIP

All girls who are of high school age are encouraged to sign up for this volunteer work trip with the Montana/Wyoming chapter of the Girl Scouts and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation.  We will be backpacking up the W. Boulder Trail about 5-6 miles, setting up camp for three nights, and working at cutting back the new-growth lodgepole pines that have really grown over the W. Boulder Trail. 

The Beartooth Backcountry Horsemen will be packing in heavy food, gear and tools for us!  Moderate in difficulty.  Elevation ~6500 ft.  There is a $100 charge per girl to cover food, transportation, and gear rental. Register through the Girls Scout's websiteModerate in difficulty. There is a $100 charge to cover food, transportation, and gear rental.   ALL girls are welcome!   

Specimen Creek  (July 6-10)

Visit the backcountry of this little known corner of the A-B Wilderness!  This multi-day trip leaves from the Palmer Mountain Trailhead about a 45 minute drive east of Gardiner and Jardine.  Our crew of volunteers and Forest Service personnel will hike in and set up a backcountry camp 4.5 miles in, and do various work projects over 5 days and 4 nights. We will be installing water bars, building checks and filling in rutted trail, and clearing the trail of brush. 

The Forest Service will pack in our food, heavy tools and supplies by horse, so you can save your energy for trail work.  You don’t need to be a skilled backpacker to help on this trip. Difficulty of the hike in is relatively moderate. Difficulty of the work varies from moderate to quite strenuous, depending on the type of work being done.  Elevation is ~8000 feet.  All meals are provided by the ABWF.  Download full project details.  


Lake Abundance Trail (July 17-22) 

North of Cooke City, Lake Abundance Trailhead is a popular area 4 miles below Lulu Pass in the gorgeous headwaters of the Stillwater River.  Our purpose is to improve the Lake Abundance Creek trail system that heads west from the Lake, and then keep working to the junction with the Rock Creek trail that comes in from the northeast by way of Horseshoe Mt. and Lake of the Woods.  We will set up a basecamp near the trailhead in this beautiful basin and hike out each day to begin our work.   The length of the trail to the junction with Rock Creek is 6.3 miles. All food is provided.   We will set up a basecamp near the trailhead in this beautiful basin and hike out each day to begin our work.   It is possible for you to join us for part of the 7-day work week if you can't make all of it.  We will, however need to plan your trip in and out carefully. Difficulty is strenuous. Be prepared to hike between 3- 6 miles day.  Elevation is ~8500 feet. Download the full project details.  


Red Lodge Creek Plateau (August 6-10)

See what a group of volunteers can do when they become wilderness trail builders!  You’d be hard-pressed to find a prettier location to work than this.  This is the fourth year we have led a work trip to the plateau and are proud of the fact that ABWF volunteers have built this 2-mile stretch of trail—a vast improvement over the old trail.  Join us as we finish the final section of trail in this 4-year effort. Difficulty is strenuous. Elevation is ~9000 feet. Download full project details.


East Fork Trail Boulder River (August 13-17)

The Boulder River Valley is a special place...The East Fork Trail where we'll be working is a major access point to the famed Lake Plateau to the east from the Boulder River.  Its trailhead lies all the way at the south end of the Boulder River Road at the Box Canyon Guard Station. We will be using the cabin at Box Canyon as a basecamp and hiking up the trail to work each day.  Primarily we will be replacing defunct water bars and doing general trail improvements over the first three miles of trail.  Food is provided by the ABWF.  If you can only work a few of the days scheduled, it is possible to drive in on your own and join us at Box Canyon Guard Station on the days you can.  Difficulty is strenuous. Be prepared to hike 1-3 miles each day. Elevation is ~7500 feet. Download full project details.  




 New Refundable-Deposit Policy


Our trips are FREE! We provide food, training, and tools. But starting this year, we will assess a $50 fully-refundable deposit for all multi-day projects. You can pay by mailing a check or credit card online when registering. Only those who cancel less than two weeks prior to a trip will forfeit their deposit.   This deposit is not intended to be a deterrent for anyone who wishes to volunteer on one of our trips. If you have any questions-please contact David at 406.425.1944.  

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