Ebbetts Pass - Joint Project with the PCTA
The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650 mile trail running from Canada to Mexico, and is considered one of the most scenic and important world-class trails on the planet. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is a group that coordinates the continuing development, use, maintenance and support for this trail. As Californians we should feel privileged to be so close to this trail which is enjoyed each year by many thousands of visitors from around the globe.
Ebbetts Pass was used by the Miwok and Washoe Indians in the area to cross the mountains, and it was most likely the route taken by Jedediah Smith in late spring of 1827 when leaving California at the urging of Mexican officials, as well as by John Bidwell on his emigration to California.
For our trail-building event we have a unique opportunity to join with the US Forest Service and other members of the PCTA to do trail clearing and repair in the High Sierras.
Elevation is around 8730 feet in the imposing and geologically diverse Mokelumne Wilderness. The work is moderate to strenuous, and will involve brush removal, tread reconstruction and the use of traditional tools.
Location: Ebbetts Pass, California - Pacific Crest Trail
Directions: To get to Ebbetts Pass, take Route 4. Driving time from the Bay Area will probably be about 4 hours.
We will be staying at the Silver Creek Campground, which is about 5.7 miles east of the Pass on Highway 4.
Agency: USFS - Humboldt-Toiyabe Ranger District
Supervisor: Dave Harrison - 775-220-0689
Project Lead: Hank Magnuski - 650-714-2409
Additional Information: The USFS requires that each volunteer have the following personal protective equipment: a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, sturdy boots (no sneakers), work gloves and a hard-hat. The PCTA will supply hard hats if you do not already have one, but the other items are your responsibility.
Participants should also bring a small day pack to hold items such as water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, sun-glasses, rain gear, camera, etc.
For camp and trail work consider the following items:
Also, if you have not submitted an updated Volunteer Profile form, please do so ASAP.