Join as we restore fire damage and access to Griffith Peak Trail!
Friends of Nevada Wilderness is leading volunteer trail crews that will rebuild the Griffith Peak Trail this summer - and we need your help! Sleep under the stars, breathe in the mountain air, experience Mt. Charleston Wilderness up close, and appreciate trails in a new way. Building trail side-by-side with other outdoors lovers is a fun and immensely rewarding way to give back to the places you love. Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being damaged by wildfire in 2013. Lace up your boots and join us!
For this project, we’ll car camp along Harris Springs Road. Each day we’ll access Griffith Peak Trail from the trailhead at the end of Harris Springs Rd. Trailwork will consist of rerouting sections of the trail that have washed away, clearing aspen saplings from the trail, and cutting trail tread. Rebuilding Griffith Peak Trail will bring outdoor adventures to others for years to come!
Volunteers for this project must complete a Trailwork Volunteer Application. You only need to fill this form out once a year and will receive a confirmation email within 10 working days of submitting your application.
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Difficulty Level: Challenging - This project involves daily hikes of up to 6 miles at elevations of 8,000 - 9,000 ft, while carrying tools and all of your gear for the day. Participants need to be of a general fitness level to move at a pace that will allow the group to reach trailwork sites by a set time. This trip will be physically challenging and there will be minimal options for easier work.
About the Trail - Located in Mt. Charleston Wilderness, 5.6 mile Griffith Peak Trail has been closed since being decimated by the Carpenter One fire and successive flooding in 2013. The trail is currently under an array of logs and, in some places, non-existent. Before wildfire, the trail provided a quieter alternative to South Loop Trail and offered views of the back of Red Rock Canyon. Reopening Griffith Peak Trail will give hikers additional access to alpine Bristlecone Pine forests, Griffith Peak (11,059 ft), and Charleston Peak (11,916 ft). We'll be approaching Griffith Peak Trail from Harris Canyon.
About the Trailwork - This project doesn’t require any prior trailwork experience. You’ll receive a safety and training session before working, including proper techniques and tool use. We typically leave camp at 8 am and return by 4 pm. Be prepared be away from camp all day by carrying a day pack with lunch and at least 3 liters of water. We'll be on the trail Thursday - Sunday. We hope you can join us for the whole hitch, but you can also come for as little as two days.
What You'll Need - Sturdy closed-toe shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt are required for this project. You’ll need a day pack and the capacity to carry at least 3 liters of water. You're responsible for your own camping gear and snacks as well as transportation to and from the project. Getting to camp and the trailhead requires a high clearance vehicle. We’ll have some seats available in our truck if you need to catch a ride and can join for all four days.
What We'll Have - We'll provide tools, gloves, and hard hats. We'll have group camp gear, including ample water and cooking gear such as stoves and tables. We'll be making dinner for everyone at night, have a breakfast bar and coffee in the mornings, as well as basic sandwich fixings so you can make lunch for the day.
Camp - We'll be camping along Harris Springs Road at about 6,000 ft. elevation. Pack your camping gear however you’d like because you won’t need to backpack it up the trail.