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 known as 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 ~8 miles into the wilderness with a ~1500' elevation gain coming out of the Mammoth Lakes area. Our volunteer group will focus on trail maintenance, tree removal, 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, climb nearby peaks, swim in clear lakes, hike overpasses into other basins and generally soak up this amazing wilderness. Be sure to check back by December 10th for more project information!
Have an amazing high sierra adventure with us on our first trip to 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
Trail maintenance, brushing, tree removal, campsite restoration/rehabilitation.
Dayhiking, fishing, swimming, photography
Challenging : High altitude project, ~ 8-mile backpack, ~1,500' elevation gain, cutting, lifting, bending, digging