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Volunteer Vacation - Tonto National Forest Trail Maintenance

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American Hiking Society

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Join American Hiking Society for a week of building & maintaining trails in exciting locations across the country. Volunteer Vacations foster public land stewardship and provide volunteers the opportunity to give back to the trails they love, meet new people, and have a great time doing it! Crews consist of 6-10 volunteers accompanied by a crew leader. Volunteer Vacations involve backpacking or day hiking and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. Tools and supervision are provided by the host agency or organization. Experience nature up close. Travel to new destinations. Meet other outdoor enthusiasts. Take a vacation that nourishes your body & your spirit. Get Out. Give Back.

Project Specifics: In 2020 more than 125 miles of the Arizona National Scenic Trail was impacted by wildfire. The largest of the fires to impact the trail was the Bush Fire in central Arizona which consumed more than 190,000 acres and closed 40 miles of the AZT through the Four Peaks and Pine Mountain. As initial assessments have been completed it is clear that the recovery from the fire will be long and will require a massive effort from volunteers and paid crews alike to open the trail and keep it safe for users. The need is critical and the work will help us keep a piece of beloved trail from fading back into the wild. Our efforts will concentrate on the area between El Oso Road and Boulder Creek, stabilizing creek crossings, repairing switchbacks and clearing any deadfall that has blocked the trail. There’s little brush left, so the majority of the work will be digging and tread rehabilitation. All tools and instruction will be provided - if you’ve always wanted a chance to work with big rocks - this is it!

Accommodations: Volunteers will be backcountry camping in a dispersed camping setting. Due to recent fires we do not recommend hammock camping at this location. Availability of water will be dependent upon seasonal rainfall in the area. If the pools do not have adequate water we will have water carried in by pack stock. If water is available we will provide a group water filter system. Meals will be provided and prepared by a camp host familiar with COVID protocols. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag/sleeping pad, cup/bowl/mug/eating utensils, and personal gear.

Trip Cost: $365 per person

Volunteer Experience: While trips do not require prior trail maintenance experience, all of our projects require participants to be in good physical condition and will involve 30-40 hours of physical labor during the week.

Find More Information & Register Here: https://americanhiking.org/volunteer-vacation-trip/tonto-national-forest-volunteer-vacations-2021/

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About American Hiking Society

Location:

8605 Second Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910, US

Mission Statement

As the national voice for America's hikers, American Hiking Society promotes and protects foot trails and the hiking experience.

Description

Our nation’s trails need your help! Join American Hiking Society for a week of building & maintaining trails in exciting & diverse locations across the country.

Volunteer Vacations foster public land stewardship and provide volunteers the opportunity to give back to the trails they love, meet new people, and have a great time doing it!

Crews consist of 6-15 volunteers accompanied by a crew leader. Trips involve backpacking or day hiking and accommodations vary from primitive campsites to bunkhouses or cabins. Tools and supervision are provided by the host agency or organization.

Take a vacation that nourishes your body & your spirit.

Get Out. Give Back.



Environment
Sports & Recreation

WHEN

Sun Oct 10, 2021 - Sat Oct 16, 2021

WHERE

21075 Duthie-Martin Hwy,Rio Verde, AZ 85263

(33.76469,-111.49399)
 

SKILLS

  • Outdoor Recreation

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18

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