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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) & Wolford Cabin, Trinity Alps Wilderness, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA (Jul 26th - Aug 1st 2020)

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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 Thompson Peak, at 9,002’. With over 585,000 acres it is the second largest wilderness in California, and among the ten largest in the United States. Access is by way of eighty-one trailheads which lead to a total network of over 600 miles of trails, each of these trails leading to unique and secluded mountain gems. The wilderness is home to several rare species wildlife as well, including the martin, fisher, northern spotted owl and Roosevelt elk. There is also black bear, black-tailed deer, and many varieties of birds. The crystal clear streams provide spawning grounds for steelhead, Coho, and Chinook salmon.

Experience the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail and give back to this stunning northern California wilderness. On this project, we will hike to Wolford Cabin, about 6 miles on the PCT where we will base camp with mule support for some of our gear. From there we will continue to repair the trail to Little Granite Lake, and clear other trails with crosscut saws as time allows. This is a challenging but rewarding project and applicants should be prepared for fairly steep hikes, with days ranging from 4 to 8 miles round trip. Rest day options include hanging out at the historic cabin, viewing wildlife, photography, or a variety of hikes including a beautiful section of the PCT and a number of lakes.

This project is rated as a challenging project.

Check out more photos from previous years projects in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in our photo gallery.

Dates

Jul 26th - Aug 1st 2020

Service Project

Weed removal, trail work, and crosscut work.

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Free Days

Nearby hikes, lakes, photography, fishing, and relaxing.

Accommodations

Backpacking with pack support

Project Difficulty

Challenging : Bending, digging, pulling, lifting, hiking. ~6 hike from TH to basecamp. 2000' elev. gain

Leaders

Jerry Lehman
Gary German

Equipment List

Northwest