National Trails Day!
Get to work in an awe-inspiring place! This year National Trails Day will be held out at Steven's Camp, north of High Rock Canyon and the Black Rock Desert. The work will include maintaining the Upper High Rock Canyon Trail as well as maintaining the public use cabin. Trail maintenance helps to keep a trail open and available to the public while minimizing damage to the fragile environment around it. Trail work involves opening a trail for safe passage by clipping back overgrown brush, sawing fallen trees to remove from the trial, and creating a safe durable surface to hike on. Friends of Nevada Wilderness will provide all of the training, safety equipment, and trail maintenance tools needed to get the job done, as well as breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and a big group dinner on Saturday night! We'd love to see you out on National Trails Day to help maintain this beautiful area.
About Steven's Camp and the Upper High Rock Canyon Area
Steven's Camp is located on the North side of High Rock Canyon Wilderness and High Rock Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern. Steven's Camp Recreation Area has a desert cabin available for visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis. It is located in such a unique area surrounded by desert rims and vistas with large meadows. Another cool feature of the area is The Emigrant Trail (the combination of the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails) goes through High Rock Canyon and historians have estimated at least 500,000 emigrants used these three trails between 1843 and 1869. The journey through was often slow and arduous, fraught with risks from infectious diseases, dehydration, malnutrition, injury, and harsh weather. Who knows, maybe some ruts of the trial can still be observed in this area?
As always, this project is free! We will be providing breakfast with coffee Saturday and Sunday as well as a delicious dinner on Saturday night. We have camping gear available for those who need it. Most cars should be fine, Higher Clearance and 4x4 recommended to reach the campsite (one small creek crossing near the campsite). A limited number of spots available in Friends trucks to transport volunteers and carpooling is an option as well.
Check out some photos from past National Trail Day at Stevens Camp on our Flickr here!
Difficulty: Open to all levels!
Location: Steven's Camp, north of High Rock Canyon and the Black Rock Desert
Dates: Friday, June 3rd - Sunday, June 5th
Travel: Leave Reno at 12 pm on Friday, returning Sunday afternoon. Most cars should be fine, Higher Clearance and 4x4 recommended to reach the campsite (one small creek crossing near the campsite). A limited number of spots available in Friends trucks to transport volunteers and carpooling is an option as well.
Food: Breakfast and coffee provided on Saturday and Sunday, big group dinner Saturday night!
Gear/Clothing: Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy work or hiking shoes. Camping equipment: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. Camping gear available for loan
More Details: In-depth information such as camping location, weather, and project specifics will be sent to those who RSVP about 1 week before the project
RSVP is required to participate
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