1604 San Joaquin River Trail Base Camp # 4


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Event Status: Open 25 spots remaining         

Event Date: 4/21/16 – 4/24/16
Short Description: San Joaquin River Trail Base Camp Trip #4.
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 Smalley Cove Campground Thursday afternoon. The camp and work area is near Kerckhoff and Redinger Lakes with views of the San Joaquin River canyon. The elevation at camp is 1,000-1,500 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 drive to trailhead and 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) The U.S. Forest Service and the San Joaquin River Trail Council are sponsoring this event.

(WhereThe Smalley Cove Campground is 1 hour from Fresno in the Sierra National Forest.

(What) The goal of this trip is to build .5 miles of the San Joaquin River Trail as part of a 5 year project to open Reach 4.

(Why) The San Joaquin River Trail has been a vision of many local community members for over 30 years. The San Joaquin River Trail Council has developed plans to build a trail from Friant to Mammoth. This project develops a new section of trail to connect with other existing segments. Eventually the trail will traverse the Sierra West to East.

(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 construction will consist of hand work. This will include construction of stairs, building 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: Auberry, CA

Work Location: San Joaquin River Trail Reach 4

Forest/Other District Location: Sierra National Forest, High Sierra Ranger District

Base Camp – Location: Smalley Cove Campground

Base Camp – GPS Coordinates: 37°08’59.8″N 119°30’45.9″W


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Meals: All meals and snacks provided.

Cost: Free!

 Thank You to our Event Sponsors!

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