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Sierra Crest, John Muir Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, CA (Jul 25th - Jul 31st 2021)

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The John Muir Wilderness encompasses 650,000 spectacular acres of granite peaks, steep-walled gorges and rock outcroppings. This Wilderness Area in made up of many of the lands Muir explored in the late 1800s, as well as the tallest mountain in the continental US, Mt. Whitney towering above us at 14,505ft. John Muir spent his life advocating for the protection and preservation of the Sierra Nevada wild. And what an amazing land he succeeded to preserve; with towering granite peaks plummeting into deep glacially carved canyons littered with wildflowers, this region is a sight to behold.

Our service project will be focusing on brushing overgrown vegetation, trail construction, rock work, stair-step repair, and general trail maintenance. We'll begin our ~5-mile hike from the Lake Sabrina trailhead, and we'll be passing by Blue Lake (10,415') up to Hungry Packer Lake (11,071') for an elevation gain of over 3,000'. Explore and give back to this magnificent and unforgettable eastern Sierra wilderness! On your day off you can select from a handful of nearby hikes, go for a swim, fish, view wildlife or simply relax. This is challenging physical work at high altitude. The Forest Service will provide pack support to carry in the group’s commissary, food and work tools. On our day off, we can explore the area, climb nearby peaks, swim in clear lakes, hike over passes into other basins and generally soak up this amazing wilderness.

This project is rated as a challenging project.

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.

We highly recommend that those coming from low elevation (anything below about 5,000 feet) plan an extra couple days in the area before the trip to acclimate to the elevation for your own safety. Altitude sickness is a concern when traveling from low elevation to high elevation and getting acclimatized before the trip is one of the easiest ways to prevent it. If you have had problems with altitude before, be sure to check with your doctor before coming. If you need ideas on things to do/see before the trip contact your leaders.

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.

Check out photos from last year's nearby Minaret Lake project in our gallery.


Jul 25th - Jul 31st 2021

Service Project

Trail maintenance and campsite restoration

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Free Days

Dayhiking, fishing, swimming, photography


Backpack camping

Project Difficulty

Challenging : High altitude project, ~5-mile backpack, 2000 to 3000ft elevation gain, moving rock, digging, liftin


Kathleen Worley
Misha Kokotovic

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