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Mono Creek Trail, John Muir Wilderness, CA (Jul 19th - Jul 25th 2020)

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The Sierra National Forest, located on the western slope of the central Sierra Nevada, is known for its spectacular mountain scenery and abundant natural resources. The Sierra National Forest encompasses more than 1.3 million acres between 900 and 13,986 feet in elevation. In the high country, between the spectacular granite peaks, beautiful alpine landscape, rugged terrain and the altitude around 11,000', it is literally breathtaking. Abundant fish and wildlife, varied mountain flora and fauna and numerous recreational opportunities make the Sierra National Forest an outdoor lover's paradise.

The John Muir Wilderness sits in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, sandwiched between Yosemite National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. John Muir called these spectacular mountains the “range of light” for their sparkling white granite, glacial blue lakes, lush green meadows, and earthy evergreen forests. You'll be right in the thick of it.

Our service project will focus on some much-needed trail work on a favored hiking trail, Mono Creek Trail. We'll hike in ~8 miles with 1,000' elevation gain, set up a base camp and prepare for a week of fulfilling work. There is a decent chance we can snag a water taxi ride to take some miles off of our hike Our volunteer group will be rerouting a section of the Mono Creek Trail out of a meadow. In a preventative measure, our group will also install water bars and drainage dips to improve drainage in the area and get water off the trail. Participants will have the opportunity for day hiking into the lake basins that are north and south of the Mono Creek drainage.

This project is rated as a challenging project.

Check out more photos from our 2019 Mono Creek project in our gallery.


Jul 19th - Jul 25th 2020

Service Project

Trail work and installing drainage features.

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Free Days

Peak hiking, day hiking, swimming, fishing, photography


Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Challenging : 8 mi. backpack with 1,000' elevation gain. Digging, bending, lifting, hauling. Pack animal supported


Jerry Lehman
Aidalicia Swertfeger

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