Legacy Trails Program Awardee


Caton Lake Trail

Trail drainage maintenance will result in a reduction in erosion from trail tread and reduction in sediment delivery to the stream that flows into and out of Caton Lake where trails are near or cross these water bodies. Work on the Caton Lake bridge will result in fewer hikers and stock users crossing the stream off the bridge, resulting in damage to surrounding riparian vegetation and bank stability. Trails in this proposal are adjacent to and cross water bodies, and because of deferred maintenance are not draining properly, resulting in tread erosion and delivery of sediment to streams as well as impacts to riparian vegetation at water crossings.

Applicant: Idaho Trails Association
Project Location: Cascade Ranger District, Boise National Forest, Idaho
Amount Awarded: $10,000.00

Work spread over the summers of 2023 and 2024 to clear the trail 11.5 miles from the Rainbow Lake trailhead to 1 mile past Caton Lake (where the trail crosses into a different Forest) will result in improved drainage as all water bars and drainage features are cleaned out, and additional are built. The 0.5-mile spur trail to Rainbow Lake will also be worked. Trails will also receive maintenance at stream crossings, ensuring hikers are able to cross the stream without undue damage to riparian vegetation (as happens when the trail crossing is not well maintained, and hikers find their own way across up or downstream).

Work will be in partnership with the Boise National Forest. ITA is a volunteer-based group and all work, except any projects where one of ITA's staff of three join, will be accomplished by volunteers. Three projects over 2 field seasons will range from 5-7 days each to accomplish this work, which will include 11.5 miles of trail drainage maintenance and replacement of one bridge. The Boise National Forest will be in charge of transporting new bridge materials to the bridge site at Caton Meadow.

Environmental impacts include reduced sediment delivery to streams (the drainage in this proposal is tributary to anadromous and/or threatened, endangered, or sensitive species (TES) habitat), and reduced impacts to riparian vegetation. Social benefits include introducing new volunteers and engaging returning volunteers in public land stewardship and raising awareness of the potential impacts of roads and trails on aquatic habitat, and what we can do to minimize it. Volunteers also come away from trail projects with an increased appreciation for public lands and their preservation and caretaking. Economic benefits include the draw of hikers and equestrians to use well-maintained public trails near rural communities in Idaho, where tourism dollars are important.

ITA will organize and implement these projects over the summer of 2023 and 2024. These trails are all at higher elevations, so work will take place between late June and early September. ITA staff will plan, coordinating with Forest Service partners, over each winter and spring, recruit volunteers and our trained volunteer crew leaders in the mid to late spring, implement projects over the summers, and report on accomplishments/coordinate any follow-up work or needs with the Forest Service in the fall.

Project outcomes/goals:

- Boise NF, Caton Lake, Rainbow Lake, and Caton Creek Trail: maintain drainage features on entire length of trails from trailhead to just past Caton Lake and to Rainbow Lake (11.5 miles). Rebuild bridge at Caton Meadow, a 20-foot-long, 5-foot-wide stringer bridge approximately 5.5 miles from the trailhead. Currently the bridge is slanted and unsafe to cross with stock or on foot due to a rotted stringer; and the surprisingly deep creek cuts through the soft meadow with near-vertical banks that keep stock from being able to ford safely. This project is anticipated to take 3, 5-7 day hitches between the trail and the bridge work.

More winners of this award

2024: Highline Trail

2024: Teton Trails Deferred Maintenance

2024: Phase 2 of the Arroyo Hondo Project

2024: Greenhorn Gulch Trail Reroute and Bridge Rebuild

2024: Trail Rehabilitation in Beaverhead Deer Lodge National Forest

2024: Trail Maintenance and Repairs in Pisgah National Forest

2024: Wasatch National Forest Deferred Maintenance and Weather Resilience

2024: Rio Fernando de Taos Watershed Revival

2024: Mineral Creek Trail Reroute

2024: Second Fork Trail Project

2024: Trinity River Watershed Trail Improvement Project

2024: Salmon-Challis National Forest Trail Restoration

2024: Manistee, White, Muskegon, and Pere Marquette River Watershed

2024: Mount Shavano Trail and Riparian Habitat Restoration Project

2024: South Park Ranger District Singletrack Connector Trail

2024: Oak Creek Canyon Watershed Restoration Project

2024: Bartram National Recreation Trail Maintenance

2024: Idaho Panhandle National Forest Sandpoint Ranger District Trail Reroute

2024: Pony Express National Historic Trail Improvement

2024: South Lake and Moss Lake Trail Restoration

2024: West Ridge Trail #176 Improvements

2024: Blue Bend Loop Trail Restoration

2024: Catamount Trail Improvement

2024: Munson Meadow Trail Restoration

2024: Vesuvius Recreation Area Trail System Restoration

2024: Hurricane Creek Trail Restoration

2024: Cove Creek Trail Rehabilitation

2023: The Storm Creek Connector Trail

2023: Backpacker and Lakeshore Trails

2023: Beaver Meadows Trail

2023: Munson Meadow Trail

2023: Imnaha River Trail

2023: Maxon Meadows Trail to Chamberlain Meadows Camp

2023: Lost Lake Trail

2023: Virginia Highlands Horse Trail

2023: Pasayten Wilderness Project

2023: Catawba River Headwaters

2023: Continental Divide National Scenic Trail

2023: Southfork Trail, White Mountain Wilderness

2023: Black Canyon and Trail Creek Drainages

2023: Twenty Lakes Basin Toads and Trails

2023: Dickey Bell Trail Reroute and Bypass

2023: Horseshoe Canyon Trails

2023: Lower San Francisco River Wilderness Study Area

2023: Trails in Ontonagon and Sturgeon watersheds

2023: Bandit Springs Trail System

2023: Yellowbelly Trail

2023: Santa Cruz Trail

2023: Bridge Replacement for Trail Access

2023: Pioneer Mountains Trail Maintenance

2023: North Country National Scenic Trail Connections

2023: Pincushion Mountain Ski Trails

2023: Rocky Gap Horse Trail System

2023: Shrode Lake Trail

2023: Johnson Creek Trail Re-Establishment

2023: Soda Ditch Loop Trail

2023: Restoration of Buckhorn and Indian Trails

2023: Hauf Lake and One Horse Lakes Trails

2023: Building Resilience on the TRT/PCT

2023: Camp Creek Watershed Improvement

2023: Pomas Creek Trail and Entiat River Trail

2023: Western States Trail & Tevis Cup Trail, within Granite Chief Wilderness

2023: Western States Trail Improvements

2023: Sipsey Wilderness Trails Restoration

213 views • posted 05/24/2023