Picture of the Snake River winding through Hells Canyon. // (c) 2002 X-Weinzar / Wikipedia.com

Even before the term “sequester” became a mainstay with headline news, our National Parks have fallen victim to budget cuts and decreased staffing, all while battling growing stress on their infrastructure.

Picture of the Snake River winding through Hells Canyon. // (c) 2002 X-Weinzar / Wikipedia.com
Picture of the Snake River winding through Hells Canyon. // (c) 2002 X-Weinzar / Wikipedia.com

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area is no stranger to these cuts. Created by the Snake River, Hells Canyon is the deepest river-carved gorge in North America — 7,913 feet deep as measured from He Devil Mountain (elev. 9,393 ft), the highest peak in the Seven Devil Mountain Range. Hells Canyon National Recreation Area covers more than 650,000 acres, of which 215,000 are designated wilderness. The upriver stretch is classified as wild, and represents “vestiges of primitive America.”

The area, particularly popular in summer with whitewater rafting enthusiasts, is hosting a service trip in conjunction with the Sierra Club this April 14-20.

The Sierra Club, which has been organizing service trips to Seven Devils area for more than 25 years, is seeking volunteers to help with trail work, including brushing, rock-work and tread-work along the Snake River Trail

The trip, run prior to the start of the crowded rafting buy levitra season, will allow participants to experience the remote Snake River Valley, at a particularly special time, when the park is filled only with the sounds of flowing water and wind. Wildflowers abound in this Idaho location, and spawning steelhead trout can also been seen. This is the ideal time of the year to perform trail maintenance and to scout the rocky bluffs in search of pictographs or wildlife.

The trip begins with an orientation at Pittsburg Landing, followed by a boat ride through 21 miles of impressively rugged canyon scenery, including whitewater rapids and steep canyon walls.

Volunteers will work all morning and most of each afternoon for four days, performing assigned tasks. Participants, who share the cooking duties, can enjoy fishing and hiking or watching bighorn sheep in their free time. One full free day is included in the schedule.

The Details 
The Sierra Club’s “To Hell and Back: Service in Hell’s Canyon Idaho” starts at $545 per person and includes  all trip meals and snacks, and supervision and training in trail maintenance.

The Sierra Club
http://content.sierraclub.org/outings/national/brochure/hell-and-back-service-hells-canyon-idaho