Volunteer opportunity: Spotted Bear Ranger District
By Moosetrack Megan
From the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation:
Help us keep your public land accessible to hikers! The scenic Blackfoot Divide trail has not seen maintenance in many many years and is in danger of disappearing for good. Your help is needed to cut open the trail corridor and brush back undergrowth. Volunteers will meet the Crew Leader Tuesday morning in Seeley Lake and caravan to the trailhead. After sorting gear and supplies for the packer and shouldering your backpack, you will hike the 5 miles into camp. Basecamp will be on the shores of Pyramid Lake in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Wednesday-Friday volunteers will be working on trail # 278 in the shadows of the Swan crest. Clearing down trees and reestablishing the trail bed (tread) will be the primary focus. Pulaskis, shovels and hand saws will be the tools of choice. After work relax by the lake or try your luck at fishing! Saturday the groups will pack up and hike back out to the trailhead and civilization.
As Rob from the Missoulian states “So why go to the trouble? Aside from the fishing, huckleberry bushes, amazing wildflower slopes and opportunity to scramble up Pyramid Peak and gaze into the vastness of the 1 million-acre Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, there are several excellent providers of milkshakes in Seeley Lake, at the civilized end of the trailhead road.”
BMWF will provide all food, tools and group gear. For a packing list and other helpful information. Visit http://www.bmwf.org/2017blackfootdivide for more info.