Tips for Trips

In order to help our Volunteers prepare for our trips, we have some tips that may be helpful.

  • Please read the USFS Volunteer Orientation Guide
  • We recommend that you use Water Hydration Systems like Camelbak, Osprey or Platypus that lightweight and make it easy to stay hydrated when backpacking.
  • A Sea to Summit or another brand collapsible bucket can be a real convenience – you can use it to filter water from, to clean up and or rinse clothing.
  • Mosquitos and ticks are present for spring and into summer months and can carry serious diseases. Treating your clothing with permethrin reduces the risk of tick-borne infection, and DEET for exposed skin, a head net, long sleeves and long pants (loose fitting) can protect you from mosquito bites.
  • While on our backpacking trips please remember that every ounce will be carried on your back. Bring small sized toiletries and layer your clothing. Do not bring Blue Jeans – they weigh too much, and cotton takes forever to dry. Duluth Trading Company makes lightweight Firehose work pants that will stand up and not rip on Trailcrew.
  • Please do not wear Shorts on Trailcrew. Long Pants and Long Sleeve Shirts are required.
  • Be proactive with blisters. Make sure your boots are well broken in by wearing them as much as you can before the trip. Use Hike Goo or Duct Tape any places on your feet that you know are prone to blisters before you start hiking. Athletic tape such as leukotape usually stays on better than moleskin. Tape will stick better if you first apply a coat of Tincture of Benzoin on your skin.
  • Bring various sizes of Ziploc bags to organize your gear.
  • Bandannas can be used as a washcloth or towel, worn under a hat or alone to protect you from the sun, a strainer for water to strain the gunk out, a headband to keep sweat out of your eyes, a wet scarf to wear around your neck to cool you on hot days and it’s many other uses!
  • Bring Vitamin I a.k.a Ibuprofen
  • If the trip description states that you will be in Bear Country then we suggest getting a Wild Idea Bearikade.
  • You’ll want camp shoes – Crocs or other lightweight shoes so you can get out of your boots when around camp. These shoes have less impact on the ground and allow your feet to breathe.
  • Bring a headlight instead of a flashlight. Be sure to bring extra batteries.
  • Come to the training events listed on the meetup site, they are all free of charge.
  • Store your toothpaste in your Bear can.
  • Volunteers need to train for trailcrew, there is no way around this. Hiking is the best way to stay in shape and it’s free of charge too! Our trips average 5 to 8 miles a day with a with a backpack plus 20 pounds of tools. A Wilderness Corps Volunteer Crosscut Sawyers average pack weight is 60 pounds.
  • Protect yourself from the sun – a brimmed hat, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses are a must on all of the trips.
  • Wilderness Corps Gear List


Quick Links

California Fire/Stove Permit for trip planning inciweb to check if there are wildfires in your destination area

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.