1612 SJRT Minarets Base Camp


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Event Status: Trip Closed to sign ups          

Event Date: June 16th – June 19th
Short Description: SJRT Minarets Base Camp Trip.
Trip Type: Base Camp


Long Description: This is a family-friendly weekend trip open to all skill levels and abilities. A base camp will be set-up at (TBA) Campground Thursday afternoon. The camp and work area is near a meadow with views of the High Sierra. The elevation at camp is 6,000 feet and the work to be performed will be variable according to skills and circumstance. Food will be provided Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch. Crews will hike in to work areas each morning and arrive back at camp around 3:30 PM, leaving plenty of time to enjoy nature and explore the area.

Partners: (Who) REI along with U.S. Forest Service are sponsoring this event. This trip is a continuing partnership with The San Joaquin River Trail Council

(WhereThe (TBA) Campground 2.5-3 hours from Fresno in the Sierra National Forest.

(What) The goal of this project is to maintain 3-5 miles of the San Joaquin River Trail allowing the public safe and unimpeded passage.

(Why) The trail to be maintained is used by the general public and nearby pack station and is unsafe in several areas due to erosion and tree falls across the trail.

(How) Experienced crew leaders will lead and train volunteers in general trail maintenance techniques and safe usage of hand tools. All safety equipment for trail work will be provided. Please come prepared with long pants, long sleeve shirt and boots. More detailed information will be sent to you after signing up.

Cooking: We have employees and volunteers who cook for the trips. We ask people attending to offer to help with kitchen duties. Cooking for large groups is a lot of work and spreading the load out among the crew is better than placing all the work on one or two people. Your support toward helping out will be greatly appreciated!

Funding: There is no charge for this event. Although we receive grant money for these trips, it is often not enough to cover operating costs. The cost of operating a base camp trip averages $300 per person. Please consider making a donation online or bringing a donation to the event.

Work Activities:  Most trail reconstruction will consist of hand work. This will include construction of stairs, rebuilding the trail bed, construction of water bars, bucking of down trees, brushing of overgrown portions of the trail, covering and eliminating reroutes and other standard trail construction needs dictated by the lay of the trail. Materials such as rock, wood or earth will be used to construct these structures. Dead brush may be dragged to the site to help break the visual line of the path or cover reroutes.

Nearest City/Community: Bass Lake, CA

Work Location: San Joaquin River Trail Reach 8

Forest/Other District Location: Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District

Base Camp – Location: TBA Campground

Base Camp – GPS Coordinates: XXXX

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Meals: All meals and snacks provided.

Cost: Free