Spruce Lake High School Trail Project
TRAIL PROJECT: Spruce Lake and this section of the Northville Placid Trail is one of the most scenic and remote places in the Adirondacks. Trail work will focus on replacing timber foot bridges that have started to deteriorate. Trees will be harvested nearby the worksite. All of the limbs will be removed and the bark will be peeled. Once the trees are processed, then the crew will drag or carry the timbers to the trail and commence building foot bridges.
Non-motorized, basic hand tools will be used to complete the trail project discussed above. Volunteers should expect to use tools such as a pick mattock, rock bar, cross-cut saw, hand saws, axes, hammers, and chisels. Instruction how to use these tools properly and safely will be discussed prior to beginning work by ADK Crew Leaders. Be prepared to work hard physically and to get your hands dirty!
With the ADK Crew Leaders, Volunteers will work together each day on one section of bridges. Bridge building with non-motorized hand tools is time consuming so expect to complete up five foot bridges in a week. We will work in virtually any and all weather conditions as long as the ground is not frozen.
MEETING TIME & LOCATION: Please plan to be at the ADK Volunteer Base Camp on Sunday, July 22nd between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Dinner and orientation will begin at 6:30. Base Camp is located at campsite 21 in the Adirondak Loj Wilderness Campground adjacent to Heart Lake (see enclosed directions). The entire Volunteer trail crew will sleep at Base Camp Sunday night. The Volunteer Base Camp has group tents for participants to use. You will need your sleeping bag and sleeping pad. Base Camp includes a large canopy tent for dining and socializing when it is raining. Bathrooms and showers are just a few feet away at a nearby washhouse.
On Monday morning after breakfast the ADK Crew Leaders will transport the crew in a van to the trailhead which will take over two hours from Base Camp. At the trailhead the ADK Crew Leaders will help load packs and then the crew will hike in 4 miles to establish a camp at a lean-to next to Spruce Lake for the rest of the week. The ADK Crew Leaders will drive the crew back on Friday and should arrive at the Volunteer Base Camp by 3-4:00 p.m.
Be sure to review the enclosed equipment & gear list so you are prepared for the week. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at the number provided at the end of the gear list.
COST: There is a $285.oo participation fee. Scholarships are available.
For Ages: 14 to 17