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Stanislaus National Forest

May 5 - May 12

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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 forth 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 a bunkhouse provided by Hetch Hetchy Water & Power. We will be working on the Preston Falls trail which is located very near the bunkhouse.  We can walk the groups to the trail head or take a two minute drive. 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.

Meet the Crew Leader for this trip.


Forest Service




Day Hiking up to 5 miles per day

Project Rating


Minimum Volunteer Age


Maximum Group Size


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 Description

Volunteers will be staying in a bunkhouse at Early Intake. Early Intake is a hydroelectric power station operated by San Francisco Public Utility (SFPUC) located about 12 miles Northeast of the ranger station. The bunkhouse is equipped with beds/sheets, washer/dryers, showers and a full kitchen. Or, pitch your tent on the grass and go to sleep to the sounds of the Tuolumne River. Volunteers should bring their own cup/bowl/eating utensils and personal items.


Airport Pickup provided from Sacramento Interntional Airport. Sacramento CA


Stanislaus National Forest
24545 Old Highway 120, Groveland, California 95321 United States