181213 Walker Pass (PCT) Base Camp

Event Status: Trip Closed for sign ups                               Must be registered as a user on our website before you can sign up for the trip.

12-12-18  Trip closed to sign ups, 32 people signed up


Event Date: December 13 through December 16

Description:  Come out and celibate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act by volunteering to maintain the Pacific Crest Trail.This is a family-friendly weekend trip open to all skill levels and abilities. A base camp will be set-up at Walker Pass Campground Thursday afternoon. The camp and is close to the Pacific Crest Trail work area. The elevation at camp is 5,250 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 to 4:30 PM, leaving plenty of time to enjoy nature and explore the area.

Partners: (Who)  Bureau of Land Management and the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew along with U.S. Forest Service are sponsoring this event.

(Where) Base Camp location is 3 hours from Fresno.

Directions to Base Camp 

(What) The goal of this project is to maintain 5-7 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail to allow the public safe and unimpeded passage.

(Why) The trail to be maintained is heavily used by the general public and is often overgrown and prone to sluffing.

(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: Lake Isabella, CA

Work Location: Pacific Crest Trail

Forest/Other District Location: BLM Field Office Bakersfield, CA.

Base Camp – Location: Walker Pass Camp Ground.

Meals: All meals and snacks provided.

Cost: Free

 Thank You to our Event Sponsors!