190524 Minarets/Placer Guard station Renovation and SJRT Base Camp

Event Status: Trip is closed to sign ups  due to tree hazards and continuing rain                                                           Must be a member to sign up for trips  

04-18-19,    posted to web site

Event Date: May 24th through May 27th
Short Description: Minarets /Placer Guard Station Renovation and SJRT Base Camp Trip.
Trip Type: Base Camp

Long Description:. This is a family-friendly weekend trail trip and historic cabin repair open to all skill levels and abilities. A base camp will be set-up at (TBA) Campground Thursday afternoon (probably Minarets Work Center ). The camp and work area is near a meadow and creek with views of the High Sierra. The elevation at camp is 6,500-7,500 feet and the work to be performed will be variable according to skills and circumstance. Food will be provided Thursday dinner through Monday 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)  Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company and the National Forest Foundation along with U.S. Forest Service are sponsoring this event.

(Where) (camp location) Minarets work center  1.5-2 hours from Fresno in the Sierra  National Forest. (work Location) San Joaquin River Trail near Clover Meadow area and Placer Guard Station near Chiquito Creek. Click here for directions to Old Minarets work Center

(What) Trail work  The goal of this project is to continue to work on the San Joaquin River Trail near the Clover Meadow area

(What) Cabin repair  Placer Guard Station is situated overlooking a meadow along the banks of Chiquito Creek. This U.S. Forest Service complex is a long-lived manifestation of government occupation for the purposes of fire control and recreational development that dates in this area to the early 1900s.

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

(Why) Cabin  click to see history and condition of cabin

(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:  Trail,  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.  Cabin Repair floor, foundation, doors and possibly other projects depending on how much we get done.

Nearest City/Community: Base Lake, CA

Forest/Other District Location: Sequoia National Forest, Hume Lake Ranger District

Meals: All meals and snacks provided.

Cost: Free

 Thank You to our Event Sponsors!

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