Project Description: In 2013 the catastrophic Rim Fire burned over 257,000 acres of the Forest, including over 1,000 miles of hiking trails. We are starting the recovery process on the currently closed, 4.9 mile, Andresen Mine Trail and need help with trail reconstruction including replacing features like water bars, steps, and in many cases re-benching the trails. Erosion, rock slides, noxious weeds, and downed trees are impacting the integrity and use of the trails and need to be removed or utilized in the repair work. Volunteers will be spending three days conducting trail repairs from the ridgetop to the base and one day rafting down the Tuolumne River repairing the trail more easily accessed by water. We’ll travel by car to the trailhead and hike to the site. We will be transported by van to the put-in site and picked up at the take-out site on the river day. US Forest Service River Patrol Rangers and partners will lead the river trip and Groveland Recreation Staff and partners will lead the ridge trail work. All river gear will be provided.
Hosting Organization: US Forest Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 3 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Moderate
Minimum Age: 18
Area and Attractions: Stanislaus National Forest is a cherished and accessible overnight destination. Visitors enjoy a variety of year-round activities including watching wildlife, hiking, fishing, and camping. The FS can provide a guided day hike to other parts of the Stanislaus National Forest and the Rim Fire Recovery efforts. The project will end on Memorial Day weekend allowing for extended adventures in the area. Yosemite National Park is located 15 miles away and there are several Wilderness areas including the Emigrant, Carson-Iceberg, and Mokelumne as well as the Pacific Crest Trail and access to the John Muir Trail.
Accommodations: Car-Camping Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will be staying in car camping tent sites. The site is in a young mixed conifer forest with picnic tables, fire rings with grills, food lockers, and well water. There are no RV hook-ups, no electricity, and no covered awnings. The site is situated near the famous Little Golden Children's Forest Trail and in close proximity to the Groveland Ranger District Office. All group cooking gear will be provided. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, cup/bowl, eating utensils, and personal items.
Climate Information: Temperatures in May range from high 70's during the day to 40's at night. The days are mostly dry and sunny with clear nights. There is a very rare chance of snow.
Travel Information: Airport pickup provided from Sacramento International Airport.
Maximum # of Volunteers: 15