• Thedore Solomons Trail

    Thedore Solomons Trail

  • 2017 WC Sierra Update

    2017 WC Sierra Update

  • 2017 Piedra Blanca Trail Update.

    2017 Piedra Blanca Trail Update.

  • 2016 Bear Trap Trip Report

    2016 Bear Trap Trip Report

  • Rattlesnake Crossing Scouting

    Rattlesnake Crossing Scouting

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2017 Cliff Lake Trailhead Trip Report

Forest: Sierra
Ranger Unit: High Sierra Ranger District
Wilderness Area: did not work in Wilderness
Trip Date: July 8, 2017
Start TH & End TH: Cliff Lake Trailhead

Trip Stats

Volunteers Attended:

  • Todd B.
  • Willa H.

Volunteer Hours Donated:

  • 12 Volunteer Hours Donated

Accomplishments:

5 Trees removed from the trail with a Chainsaw
3 Water bars cleaned out

Summary:

Two Wilderness Corps Volunteers went out to the Cliff Lake Trailhead on Saturday 7/8/2017. There were about 11 cars at the Trailhead. There was a large (14 young adults +) group from Stevenson School there getting ready to head out to Cliff Lake.

We departed the trailhead and walked not more than 200 feet where we hit Tree#1. Willa was controlling people on the trail while I made the cuts and then we allowed hikers to pass after the cutting was done. We removed a total of 5 trees from between the Trailhead and the Nelson Creek Crossing. The creek is too was moving too fast and it was too deep to cross with a crosscut saw. Therefore we just turned around and hiked back to the trailhead.

Next Steps:

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Rattlesnake Crossing Scouting

Forest: Sierra
Ranger Unit: High Sierra Ranger District
Wilderness Area: Ansel Adams
Trip Date: July 8, 2017
Start TH & End TH: Portal Forebay Trail 27E44
Trip Stats:

Volunteers Attended:

  • Wayne S.
  • Lori P.

Next Steps:

Wilderness Corps will be scheduling a trip to clear out all the trees on this trail (Starting in September 2017) to where it connects with the TST. Lori P. is planning on going with another person and they will take an overnight backpack to scout out the sections of trail above Portuguese Flat up to the Rattlesnake TH and the section down to the Crossing and up the switchbacks on the other side of the San Joaquin River.

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Trail 27E44, Ansel Adams Wilderness

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2017 WC Sierra Update

The 2017 Summer Season in the Sierra is off to a slow start. Kaiser Pass Road was recently (June 11, 2017) plowed allowing much-awaited access to Lake Edison the High Sierra Ranger Station. The Dinkey Lakes Wilderness is not accessible yet. Courtright Resivor is not accessible either. Wilderness Corps will likely start clearing trails in the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness Areas first this year.  Possible locations that are being discussed are Doris Meadow.  Wilderness Corps will be doing logout operation primarily this year. This is where we go in with Crosscut Saws and remove the trees that are blocking hiking and stock trails. There are enough trails, that we will not have time to do anything else until next year.

We really need Volunteers to come signup and show up for these trips. An ideal crew size is 6 volunteers and one crew leader. Trips are generally done on the weekends because yes, the Wilderness Corps leadership works full-time jobs too. This is a grassroots Non-profit organization, contrary to popular belief. 

Please sign-up as a registered volunteer and also sign-up on our meetup page to be notified of events.

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SNF 2017 Devil’s Bathtub

Forest: Sierra
Ranger Unit: High Sierra Ranger District
Wilderness Area: Ansel Adams
Trip Date: July 15 & July 16, 2017
Start TH & End TH: USFS Trail 28E16 – Devis Bathtub

Volunteers Attended:

  • Marissa O.
  • Gene W.

Accomplishments:
Cleared trees off of 28E16

Summary:

We road in about .25 farther and began to cut our second tree. Again, this area was passable
for hikers to hop over and packers to go around but the priority, of course, is to keep
everyone on the trail. A few steps down from this tree was another fallen tree with enough
room for the packers to go around on the trail, we removed the limbs so it wouldn’t stick
out as much but should be removed from the trail in the future.

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Wilderness Corps TST Trail Maintainers

Thedore Solomons Trail

The Theodore Solomons Trail is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, and the Sierra National Forest. From the northern terminus at Glacier Point in Yosemite and the southern terminus located at Horseshoe Meadow, the trail’s official length is 271.3 miles (436.6 km). For almost all of its length, the trail is in the Middle Sierra backcountry and wilderness areas.

The trail was developed by Dennis R. Gagnon in 1974 as a lower elevation alternative to the popular John Muir Trail which it runs largely parallel to. The trail was named for the explorer Theodore Solomons.

With all the snow and treacherous conditions in the High Sierra, the PCT Hikers at Kennedy Meadows were posting on Facebook asking for ways around the High Sierra. Ken Murray, Chairman of the Board for Wilderness Corps suggested that if the TST was clear then this unofficial trail would be a  great way to avoid the High Sierra and still progress up to Yosemite and that is how Wilderness Corps has become involved. 

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Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Permits are required for the Golden Trout , Dinkey Lakes, Dome Land, South Sierra, John Muir and Ansel Adams Wilderness areas. Please get a Wilderness Permit if you plan on an overnight excursion in one of these spectacular areas.