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Wilderness Volunteers

Trinity Alps Wilderness, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA (Jun 19th - Jun 25th 2016)

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It is no coincidence that this portion of the Klamath Mountains is likened to and named after the famous Alps of Europe. The Trinity Alps are one of Northern California's most picturesque locations. The forested mountains, valleys and meadows of the Trinity Alps Wilderness in northwestern California offer vistas of incredible beauty, diverse scenery and limitless opportunities for solitude. If Bigfoot exists, this is certainly where he would call home.

The rugged granite peaks and ridges, permanent ice fields, pristine high mountain lakes and fragile meadows do indeed create a true alpine setting. In the Trinity Alps can be found around one hundred remote lakes and more than fifty peaks over 7,000’ with the highest being 9,002’ Thompson Peak. Other statistics are equally impressive. With over 585,000 acres it is the second largest wilderness in California, and among the ten largest in the United States. The Trinity Alps Wilderness occupies lands of three National Forests: the Shasta-Trinity with 400,000 acres, the Klamath with 160,000 acres, and the Six Rivers with 25,000 acres. Access is by way of eighty one trail heads which lead to a total network of over 600 miles of trails. The wilderness is home to several rare species wildlife as well, including wolverine, martin, fisher, northern spotted owl and Roosevelt elk. There is also black bear, black-tailed deer, and many varieties of birds. The clear streams provide spawning grounds for steelhead, coho and chinook salmon.

Our service project will be assisting the Shasta-Trinity National Forest with the removal of invasive woolly mullein and bull thistle at a key time, before it goes to seed. Our group will come in late June and remove these invasive plants before they spread further throughout the Wilderness area. We’ll camp at the Big Flat designated campground and make daily hikes from the campground to nearby meadows and into the wilderness to remove these invasive plants. Our free day will include hiking to nearby peaks and lakes, photography, fishing and relaxing.

Dates

Jun 19th - Jun 25th 2016

Service Project

Removal of invasive woolly mullein and bull thistle

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Free Days

Hiking to nearby peaks and lakes, photography, fishing, and relaxing.

Accommodations

Tent camping by cars

Project Difficulty

Active : Bending, digging, pulling, lifting, hiking

Leaders

Andrew Kerr
Reed McDowell

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