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Mono Creek Trail, Sierra National Forest, CA (Aug 1st - Aug 7th 2021)

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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. 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. *Please note: this 8 mile backpack in and project are dependent on volunteers being able to use the ferry to cut 5 miles off the 13.5 mile hike in. If the ferry is unavailable the work project and camping location may change to keep the backpack manageable. Participants will have the opportunity for day hiking into the lake basins that are north and south of the Mono Creek drainage.

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 challenging project.

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Aug 1st - Aug 7th 2021

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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