Project Description: Volunteers will focus on a trail log-out and general trail maintenance project in the heart of the Golden Trout Wilderness. The first day will require a long hike of 10 miles to reach our base camp in Templeton Meadows. From the base camp, we will day-hike along several trails in the area and use cross-cut saws and other traditional tools to remove fallen trees from trails. Trail work in Inyo is challenging, but the scenic vistas and solitude are very rewarding!
Hosting Organization: US Forest Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Backpacking 10 Miles to Basecamp (Day Hiking Up to 4 Miles Per Day)
Work Level: Very Strenuous
Minimum Age: 12
Area and Attractions: Templeton Meadow is in the heart of the Golden Trout Wilderness near the South Fork Kern River. This high elevation setting, above 8,000', features forests of foxtail and lodge pole pines as well as large alpine meadows. The hike into the base camp over Trail Pass (10,500') will be strenuous, requiring 500 feet of uphill in the first 2 miles, then a long downhill of nearly 2,000' over the next 8 miles. Recreation opportunities include fishing in South Fork Kern River and exploring nearby meadows and stringers. Volunteers can look forward to a guided hike to a nearby peak.
Accommodations: Primitive Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying at a wilderness campsite with the nearby creek for a water source. Group cooking gear, tables, stove, and sun showers will be provided. This is a pack supported trip, so volunteers will just need to carry their personal gear. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, cup/bowl, eating utensils, and personal items.
Climate Information: Expect temperatures to range from the 40's during the night to the 80's during the day. Weather during mid-August is often dry and clear, but thunderstorms and heavy rain are possible, so bring rain gear and your tent or shelter of choice. This is a high elevation trip, at elevations above 8,000 feet, so clothing, hats and sunglasses that provides good sun protection are needed.
Travel Information: Airport pickup will be provided from Mammoth Yosemite Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 12