2017 Cliff Lake Trailhead Trip Report

hiker4evr . Posted in Trailcrew 155

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


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


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:

Backpack into the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness from the Cliff Lake Trailhead and cross Nelson Creek when it is safer and clear the trail from Nelson Creek to Cliff Lake. I was told by a young man that there is a tree about a mile up from the Nelson Creek Crossing that is a climb under. Additionally, we will be going in from the Willow Meadow Trailhead when it is accessible, by vehicle.


Todd Brockman is one of the founders of Wilderness Corps. He came up with the idea while on Trail Crew in the Los Padres National Forest. He has been backpacking just about all his life. Todd Brockman was a Trail Crew Leader for the Ventnana Wilderness Alliance and was a Volunteer Wilderness Steward in the Los Padres National Forest for 2 years. Todd then volunteered as Weekend Wilderness Ranger for the 2013 season in the Sierra National Forrest. Todd’s is involved with many organizations that promote Wilderness Stewardship from Washington D.C. to the local level. Todd is an IT Professional however, Todd says the best job ever would be to part of the solitude of the Wilderness.

Quick Links

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Wilderness Permits

Wilderness Permits are required to overnight in the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, Kaiser Wilderness, John Muir Wilderness and Ansel Adams. Please get a permit. Bear cans are required in the Sierra National Forest.