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Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, CA (Jun 6th - Jun 12th 2021)

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The Humboldt-Toiyabe's spectacular 6.3 million acres makes it the largest national forest in the lower 48 states. Located throughout Nevada and a small portion of eastern California, the forest offers year-round recreation of all types.

Designated wilderness in 1984 and managed today by both the Toiyabe and Stanislaus National Forests, the Carson-Iceberg includes both eastern and western slopes of the Sierra in its 161,181 acres. Though it lacks modern-day glaciers, the effect of glaciation is clear on its “Iceberg” namesake, a distinctive rock formation near Clark Fork Road on the wilderness’s southern boundary. The area is also characterized by a geologic anomaly – a series of volcanic peaks and ridges known as the Dardanelles. Climbing from 5,000 feet at Donnell Reservoir to the 11,400 foot Sonora Peak, the Carson-Iceberg contains comparatively few lakes but many deep river canyons lush with riparian vegetation. With almost a third of the precipitation of the wetter western slope, eastern plant life of pinon and juniper subsists on 15 inches of water a year with most of that falling as snow. Watersheds feed the Stanislaus River on the western side and the Carson River on the east, sustaining both the threatened Lahontan and sensitive Paiute trout species. Once the former mountain warfare training grounds of the U.S. Marine Corps, the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, as well as the Carson River, draw their names from Kit Carson, one of America’s early western frontiersmen.

The beautiful Carson-Iceberg wilderness does not receive a huge amount of visitors each year, but it does have regular traffic in the summer. Funding for work crews or wilderness rangers in the past have been sparse, which has led to an overall lack of upkeep on trails throughout the area. This project will focus on brushing out overgrown corridors, widening tread, resetting the bench and out slope, bucking trees across the trail, water bar maintenance and drainage structure installations. In addition, there are numerous sites in need of trail structures to prevent further erosion or water damage and many areas with heavy damage caused by detours around fallen logs, unusable tread, or trails lost in brush. With your amazing help and hard work, we can focus on deferred maintenance and reconstruction of trails within the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness to keep this area usable and enjoyable for future generations.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.

Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

This project is rated as a active project.

Challenge yourself on the 2020 Carson-Iceberg Wilderness project.


Jun 6th - Jun 12th 2021

Service Project

Trail maintenance, vegetation removal, drainage features, crosscut work, etc.

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Free Days

Hiking, visit Soda Cone, visit historic Soda Springs Gaurd Station


Tent camping near cars

Project Difficulty

Active : ~ 2.4-mile RT daily hike. Sawing, lopping, digging, bending, hauling


Ashely Northcutt
James Colvard

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