Volunteers sought for Lander Cutoff

SUBLETTE COUNTY – Archeologists need access to survey on a trail of the Lander Cutoff Historic Trail that hasn’t been cleared for nearly six years. It travels near La Barge Guard Station to the Smith’s Fork and the clearing of this trail will allow them to install historic trail markers. Do you want to be a part of reopening this section of historic trail? 

When: As a volunteer, you can opt in to the entirety of the volunteer efforts and car camp at La Barge guard station or choose a day most convenient for your schedule.

  • Day 1: Tuesday, July 19:Meet at La Barge Guard Station at 10 a.m., map below for reference. One group down to the end of the trail up the Smith’s Fork, the other one starts from La Barge. Clear as far as possible, keeping in mind time to return to guard station around 5:30 p.m.
  • Day 2 Wednesday, July 20:Earlier start around 8 a.m. Split up again and keep working on towards the middle, clearing remaining trees. Finishing around 5:30 p.m.

For a letast a week after, wake up in your cozy bed with a strong sense of accomplishment and probably a few aches. 

This is a physically intensive trip – volunteers will be helping to clear trail, rolling heavy logs as a team, clearing brush and debris from trees. Because of limited camping alongside the trail, especially with horses, the base camp will be at La Barge guard station. Expect hiking each day to be 6-plus miles.

What to bring

Be sure to show up well rested and hydrated with proper PPE (durable work gloves, long sleeves, long work pants, heavy boots, eye protection), food / water for two days and car-camping supplies for an evening.

Travel time is about 2 hours from Alpine, 2 hours from Pinedale, 1.5 hours from Big Piney, 3 hours from Jackson. RSVP to Madisson Travis at [email protected] and [email protected]. Visit btfriends.org for a map and more about Friends of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.