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Frog Mountain

Backcountry Response Team

Wed Aug 30, 2023 8:30 AM — Sat Sep 2, 2023 3:30 PM

Trip Difficulty: Strenuous

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Central Cascades — Stevens Pass - West

Features: Earn Northwest Forest Pass

Crew Leader: Joshua Orendorf

Gorgeous summertime meadows visible from the Frog Mountain trail. Photo by hikeb.


Come to help WTA refine sections of the new Frog Mountain trail to make it passable for horses!

About the Area

Frog Mountain is a four-mile equestrian and hiker trail that gives towering views over the North Fork Skykomish and the Beckler River area of Skykomish.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.

Project Description

We will be refining the trail to equestrian specs. That will include tread widening and armoring, brushing, and maybe some small structure work

Camping and Hiking Information

  • Car Camping is at the Frog Mountain trailhead
  • Type: tent or in your car
  • Location: Beckler River rd,
  • Weather: Be prepared for variable conditions including heat, cold, wind and rain

This is a strenuous trip with a 5 mile roundtrip hike and up to 1500 feet of gain


  • Day 1: Meet the crew rain or shine, then hike in, begin work on the project and set up camp
  • Day 2+: Make breakfast and pack a lunch before heading out on trail with the crew by 8:00 AM. Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. Arrive back in camp by 4:00 or 5:00 PM for a relaxing evening. Prepare your own dinner and swap stories with the crew.
  • Final Day: Break down camp, finish trail project, hike out and say goodbye to the crew at the trailhead

       For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a great week outside! Please wear comfortable and weather-appropriate work clothes and your boots as well as comfortable camp clothes and footwear.

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • A great attitude for working with a team!
  • Camping gear, trail work gear and food for multiple nights
  • Good physical condition to be physically active for about 7 hours daily on uneven terrain
  • Backpacking experience recommended
  • Day work party experience recommended
  • Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
  • Minimum age: 18

What to Bring

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

A hard hat will be provided by WTA. For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed.

Camping gear

  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • At least two 1-liter water bottles and a coffee mug
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Camp clothing such as shorts, shirt and sandals
  • Sun and bug protection
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
  • ​First aid kit
  • Lunch and snacks for Day 1
  • Lawn Chair
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Trail work gear

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)
  • Day pack recommended

A hard hat will be provided by WTA. For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

See what WTA's hiking guide and trip reports say about this area.

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Take US Hwy 2 east from Monroe to just past the town of Skykomish. Turn left on to the Beckler River Road (FR 65), and drive 12.6 miles on this road. You will pass the Beckler River Campground just after the pavement turns to gravel. After driving 12.6 miles, you arrive at Jack Pass, a 5 way junction. Look for a WTA event sign to your slight right as you enter the pass. It is a confluence of five roads. Follow that road to the Frog Mountain trailhead parking lot.

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.

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