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Camp Irene Trail, Mokelumne Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, CA (Aug 2nd - Aug 8th 2020)

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The 105,165 acre Mokelumne Wilderness straddles the crest of the central Sierra Nevada, within the Stanislaus, Eldorado, and Toiyabe National Forests. This area lies within portions of Calaveras, Alpine, and Amador Counties and is bordered by State Highway 4 on the south and State Highway 88 on the north. Watersheds drain to the Mokelumne River on the west slope and the Carson River on the east slope. New Management Guidelines were recently adopted for the Mokelumne Wilderness.

The Mokelumne Wilderness is a rugged landscape of great scenic beauty. Much of the area is dominated by volcanic ridges and peaks. The prominent feature is disputably the rugged Mokelumne River Canyon. There are many smaller streams flowing through deep granitic canyons but only a few lakes concentrated in the northern portion of this spectacular area. Elevations range from about 3900 feet near Salt Springs Reservoir to 10,380 feet at Round Top. Precipitation averages 50 inches annually on the west slope and as little as 15 inches on the east slope, 80 percent of it in the form of snow. Snowcaps typically linger into June in the Round Top region to the north and on the Mokelumne Plateau to the south, while the Mokelumne River Canyon above Salt Springs Reservoir can be free of snow as early as March. Summers are generally dry and mild, but afternoon thundershowers occur periodically and nighttime temperatures may dip below freezing any time.

Our service project will seek to improve the Camp Irene Trail which is a part of the Tahoe-Yosemite trail and pre-dates the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Our volunteer crew will work on a handful of trail maintenance tasks with the goal of delineating and reestablishing the trail. This trail has not had much if any, maintenance performed on it since 2000. Our crew will work to cut and remove windfall, brush the trail, cut/remove encroaching vegetation, etc. This project will take you 8 miles deep and 2,200' down into a remote river canyon with old-growth forests and exposed granite precipices. We'll split our week between two basecamps as we work our way back to the trailhead.

This project is rated as a challenging project.

Check out more photos from previous years Desolation project in our gallery.


Aug 2nd - Aug 8th 2020

Service Project

Trail maintenance and delineation

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Free Days

Swimming, hiking, exploring, fishing


Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Challenging : ~8-mile backpack, 2,200' elevation l/g, digging, bending, hauling, lopping. Pack supported to 1st ca


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