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AHS Volunteer Vacation

  • Stanislaus National Forest (map)

UPDATE: I will no longer be leading this trip, but the fabulous new Crew Leader is fellow AHS Ambassador Shawnte Salabert! 


LocationStanislaus National Forest Groveland, California 95321

Date(s)05/07/2017 - 05/13/2017

Access:Day Hiking Up to 3 Miles Per Day

Project Rating:Moderate

Project Description:

In 2013 the catastrophic Rim Fire burned over 257,000 acres of the Forest, including over 20 miles of hiking trails and the need to plant over 7.5 million trees. We are in the third year of the recovery process 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. We are starting with our most popular hiking, backpacking, and equestrian trails in the community of Groveland and on the Groveland District. These trails follow the majestic Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River. We will spend days conducting trail repairs, preparing the land for planting trees and, if water flow and levels cooperate, spend one day rafting down either the class IV+ Tuolumne Wild & Scenic River or the lazy Merced Wild & Scenic River in Yosemite Valley. We will be based out of the campground next to the District Office where there are showers available or at a bunkhouse provided by Hetch Hetchy Water & Power. We’ll travel by van to the trailhead and hike to the sites. 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 such as the Groveland Trail Heads will lead the trail and tree planting work. All river gear will be provided.

Hosting Organization:Forest Service

Area and Attractions:Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada, the Stanislaus National Forest is a cherished and accessible overnight destination. The Forest offers a full range of year-round recreation opportunities. Three primary trans-Sierra routes traverse the forest, offering great views through a range of life zones. A network of forest roads and trails encourages discovery of nature and history. Visitors enjoy a year-round variety of activities including watching wildlife, hiking, fishing, and camping. The community of Groveland is the northern entrance to Yosemite National Park with Yosemite Valley located approximately 1 hour from the Groveland Ranger Station. 

Accommodations:Car Camping Tent Sites

Accommodations Description and Gear Needs:Volunteers will stay in a primitive car camping site in a young mixed conifer forest with picnic tables, fire rings with grills, food lockers, and well water. Situated near the famous Little Golden Children's Forest Trail and in close proximity to the Groveland Ranger District Office. Access to group camping gear will be available including stoves, cooking utensils, pots, trash bags, and recycling. We may also be able to utilize a bunkhouse from Hetch Hetchy Water and Power for use during the week. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag and pad, cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items. 

Climate:Temperatures in May range from high 70's during the day to 40's at night. Mostly dry, sunny days and clear nights with a very rare chance of snow.

Travel Information:Airport pickup provided from Sacramento International Airport

Minimum Age18

Maximum # of Volunteers14


Earlier Event: April 29
Leave No Trace Trainer Course
Later Event: July 14