Yosemite National Park stretches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, spanning nearly 1,200 square miles. Our nation's third national park, Yosemite is widely known for its magnificent rock formations, grassy meadows, crystal-clear streams, majestic waterfalls, rushing rivers, ancient giant sequoia trees, and abundant wildlife. Over 90% of the park is designated as wilderness, providing a phenomenal variety of growing conditions and habitat for more than 1,450 native plant species.
Lyell Canyon, located south of Tuolumne Meadows, runs for eight miles before climbing to Donohue Pass which marks the southern boundary of Yosemite National Park. Known for its scenic meadows, sparkling river, colorful wildflowers, and abundant wildlife, Lyell Canyon also contains sections of both the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the John Muir Trail (JMT).
This service project will focus on wilderness restoration in this historical and awe-inspiring National Park. Our volunteer group will hike around 6 miles with ~1000' elevation gain to a basecamp location which will be determined after snowmelt. It should be east of the Tuolumne River. Participants will remove and restore illegal campsites, and mitigate and naturalize social trails. Volunteers will break down and naturalize illegal fire rings and will also have the opportunity to do some work on the long-term meadow restoration project. We will be accompanied by 2 NPS archaeologists and 2 NPS Wild Rest staff who will provide instruction and oversight during our project. Before making travel arrangements for this trip, we highly suggest familiarizing yourself with the Yosemite NPS transportation link to determine a suitable solution for yourself.
Come spend a week in beautiful Yosemite National Park and give something back to our nation's wild lands with Wilderness Volunteers!
This project is rated as a challenging project.
Check out more photos from prior Lyell Canyon projects in our gallery.
Aug 23rd - Aug 29th 2020
Meadow restoration, campsite removal, and trail maintenance.
Dayhiking towards Donahue Pass, up Ireland Creek, exploring the JMT/PCT, relaxing by the river.
Backpack camping with pack support
Challenging : 6-7 mile backpack to base camp, ~1000' elevation gain, long day hikes to worksites, bending, liftin