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Minarets, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, CA (Aug 18th - Aug 24th 2019)

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The Ansel Adams Wilderness encompasses 232,000 spectacular acres of granite peaks, steep-walled gorges and rock outcroppings. The relief is massive as elevations in the Wilderness range from 3,500’ to 13,157’ at Mt. Ritter. Several small glaciers cling to north and northeast facing slopes of the highest peaks and the area’s streams and lakes form the headwaters of the North and Middle Forks of the San Joaquin river. Originally established as the Minarets Wilderness in 1964, the California Wilderness Act of 1984 changed the name to honor the famous landscape photographer and environmentalist whose famous photos of the high Sierra helped develop public support for protecting Wilderness. These Minarets, a jagged ridge of peaks making up part of the Ritter Range, are considered to be one of the most spectacular massifs in the Sierra and provides a stupendous skyline from both the east and west side of the Sierra.

This service project will offer a variety of jobs ~5 miles into the wilderness with a ~1000' elevation gain coming out of the Mammoth Lakes area. Our volunteer group will focus on trail maintenance, clearing fallen trees from the trail, crosscut saw work, campsite restoration/rehabilitation, as well as brushing. This is challenging physical work at high altitude and participants should be physically prepared for the project. The Forest Service will provide pack support to carry in the group’s commissary, food, and work tools. On our day off, we can explore the area, swim in clear lakes, hike overpasses into other basins and generally soak up this amazing wilderness.

Have an amazing high sierra adventure with us on another project in the Ansel Adams Wilderness!

This project is rated as a challenging project.

Check out more photos from past Ansel Adams Wilderness projects in our gallery.


Aug 18th - Aug 24th 2019

Service Project

Trail maintenance, brushing, tree removal, campsite restoration/rehabilitation.

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Free Days

Dayhiking, fishing, swimming, photography


Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Challenging : High altitude project, ~ 5-mile backpack, ~1,000' elevation gain, cutting, lifting, bending, digging


Kathleen Worley
Misha Kokotovic

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