Event Status: Open to sign ups ( Exact location of this trip has not been decided due to heavy snow conditions)
04-23-17. 14 spots available
Long Description: This is a moderate difficulty trip. ( Due to high Snow levels and unknown trail conditions the location of this trip has not been determined. Presently it is written up as the Bear diversion trail.) The hike begins at the Bear Diversion Dam Trail head and follows Bear Creek East up towards the Pacific Crest Trail. We will be working in beautiful mountain forests and gorgeous granite along Bear Creek and the PCT. You are encouraged to stay over Saturday night at the trail head to acclimate. Please provide your own food for Saturday night and Sunday breakfast. Food will be provided Sunday lunch through Saturday lunch. Crew will hike in to work area Sunday morning and return back out to the trail head on the following Saturday afternoon.
(Who) Partners: The Pacific Crest Trail Association, REI and the U.S. Forest Service are sponsoring this event.
(Where) Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake Ranger District,John Muir Wilderness (Trail Head meeting point) The Bear Creek Trail in the Sierra National Forest 2.5-3 hours from Fresno. (Back Country Base Camp location)xxx. GPS coordinates XXX
(What) The goal of this project is to maintain 5-7 miles of trails in the Bear Creek drainage including the PCT, allowing the public safe and unimpeded passage.
(Why) The trails have not received proper maintenance in many years and is unsafe in several areas due to erosion, overgrown vegetation and rock flows.
(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 you sign up.
Cooking: We have employees and volunteers who cook for the trips. We ask everyone attending to help with kitchen duties on at least one meal during the trip. Cooking for 15 people in a back country setting is difficult and a lot of work. 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 appreciated!
Funding: There is no charge for this event. Week long back packing trips usually cost at least $5,000 and with 15 people participating that equals $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: Shaver Lake, CA
Activity Level: Moderate hike to get in to base camp with easy to moderate trail work.
Meals: All meals and snacks provided.
Thank You to our Event Sponsors!