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  • Griffith Peak Trail Rebuild, Part 2! 11 RSVPs

    Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 08:00 AM through May 19, 2019
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    Join as we restore fire damage and access to Griffith Peak Trail!

    *RSVPs for this project are currently full.*

    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.

     

    New to overnight trailwork?  Click here to get a better idea of what it’s like to be a Trailwork Volunteer.

    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.

  • Cathedral Rock Trailwork with SH Architecture *PRIVATE*

    Friday, May 24, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Spring Mountains National Recreation Area

    SH Architecture employees are joining us once again to take care of Nevada's wild lands!  This time we're heading to Cathedral Rock Trail to take care of any damage from winter snows.  SH Architecture is a phenomenal partner and supporter of Friends and we're thrilled to be teaming up again in 2019!

    This is a private event.  Friends of Nevada Wilderness coordinates private volunteer opportunities for businesses and other organizations.  It's a great way to give back to the community and increase the camaraderie of your team.  If you'd like to coordinate a similar event for your group, contact us at (702) 515-5417.

  • National Trails Day 2019 1 RSVP

    Saturday, June 01, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    Trail Canyon, Mt Charleston, NV in Mt. Charleston, NV

    Staying on Trail in Trail Canyon for National Trails Day 2019!

    Join Friends of Nevada Wilderness at Trail Canyon and support our Trail Etiquette program on National Trails Day! We'll be repairing switchbacks and maintaining the trail as we ascend towards the Trail Canyon and North Loop saddle. With an influx of recreationists discovering hiking for the first time each year, there is more need than ever for educating hikers about conservation and trail etiquette, including staying on trail. We will work to reinforce trail boundaries near switchbacks where hikers are more likely to cut the trail. We will also have a National Trails Day chat and look forward to your input on how we can promote conservation on Mt. Charleston to visitors during the 2019 hiking season. 

    This project involves hiking 3 to 4 miles with gear and tools at high elevation on a moderately strenuous trail in warm weather. Be If you are unsure about your ability to participate, please feel free to contact us for more details.  We can always recommend a practice hike!

    (Due to active weather, last winter and this spring, event location is subject to change. Stay tuned for any updates.)

  • Wild Speaker Series 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, June 06, 2019 at 06:45 PM
    REI - Boca Park in Las Vegas, NV


    So, You’ve Met a Rattlesnake. Now What?

    Join Friends for our June Wild Speaker Series, “So, You’ve Met a Rattlesnake. Now What?” at REI Boca Park. Bob McKeever, Herpetologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, will be our presenter on this important topic. As temperatures warm up, hikers and other outdoor recreationists have increased chances of running into rattlesnakes while enjoying life in the Mojave Desert. What should you do if you encounter a rattler? Where are rattlesnakes most likely to hide or dwell during these hotter months? Mr. McKeever will answer these questions and more. Come learn how to share the trail with our cold-blooded and venomous neighbors and meet Bob’s special guest. This will be an enlightening talk you will not want to miss!

    Bob McKeever is a retired Park Ranger and current herpetologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife. The Nevada Department of Wildlife’s (NDOW) mission is to protect, conserve, manage and restore wildlife and its habitat for the aesthetic, scientific, educational, recreational, and economic benefits to citizens of Nevada and the United States, and to promote the safety of persons using vessels on the waters of Nevada.

    We will see you there!

     

    (**WARNING**: Mr. McKeever will bring a live rattlesnake onto the premises as part of his presentation. Not really a warning, we actually think this is super cool!)


    Every first Thursday of the month, Friends of Nevada Wilderness hosts a local environmental expert at REI Boca Park in their Community Room. This is a great event for folks who are interested in the outdoors to learn more about hikes, local habitat, and ways to get involved with conservation efforts.

    Doors open at 6:45 giving you enough time to socialize and grab a snack before the presentation begins at 7 pm.

    Please join us at REI Boca Park every first Thursday for a new speaker every month!

     

  • Griffith Peak Trail Rebuild, Part 3! 9 RSVPs

    Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 09:00 AM through June 30, 2019
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    Enjoy alpine meadows, open vistas, and wildlife while helping build Griffith Peak Trail!

    Be a part of the volunteer trail crews that will rebuild Griffith Peak Trail this summer!  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.  Lace up your boots and join us!

    For this project, we’ll camp along South Loop Trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 ft. up from the trailhead.  Each day we’ll put on our day packs and hike to Griffith Peak Trail.  Trailwork will consist of using pick-mattocks and mcleods to cut and level trail tread.  There's truly no better way to get to know Mt. Charleston Wilderness!

    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.

     

    New to overnight trailwork?  Click here to get a better idea of what it’s like to be a Trailwork Volunteer.

    Difficulty Level: Strenuous - This project involves daily hikes of up to 6 miles on challenging terrain, at elevations of 7,500 - 10,800 ft, while carrying tools and all of your gear for the day.  Participants need to be of a high general fitness level to move at a pace that will allow the group to reach trailwork sites by a set time.  Participants should have some experience in the outdoors. This trip will be physically strenuous and extremely rewarding.

    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 Kyle Canyon, via the South Loop Trail.

    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.  If you arrive part way through, you’ll need to meet us on the trail.

    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.  Because there’s limited packing space, we’ll be asking some volunteers for this project to use tents that have already been packed up the trail.  

    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 South Loop trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 up from the trailhead.  We strongly encourage you to make use of our pack support to get your gear up the trail on Thursday.  That way, more of our energy is spent building the trail rather than hiking up it.  We’ll share more information with you about how to prep your gear to be packed. Otherwise, you are responsible to backpack your gear up to camp.

  • Griffith Peak Trail Rebuild, Part 4! 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 09:00 AM through July 28, 2019
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    Escape the heat at 10,000 ft. with our Volunteer Trail Crew!

    *RSVPs will open May 21st*

    Be a part of the volunteer trail crews that will rebuild Griffith Peak Trail this summer!  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.  Lace up your boots and join us!

    For this project, we’ll camp along South Loop Trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 ft. up from the trailhead.  Each day we’ll put on our day packs and hike to Griffith Peak Trail.  Trailwork will consist of using pick-mattocks and mcleods to cut and level trail tread.  There's truly no better way to get to know Mt. Charleston Wilderness!

    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.

     

    New to overnight trailwork?  Click here to get a better idea of what it’s like to be a Trailwork Volunteer.



    Difficulty Level: Strenuous - This project involves daily hikes of up to 6 miles on challenging terrain, at elevations of 7,500 - 10,800 ft, while carrying tools and all of your gear for the day.  Participants need to be of a high general fitness level to move at a pace that will allow the group to reach trailwork sites by a set time.  Participants should have some experience in the outdoors. This trip will be physically strenuous and extremely rewarding.

    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 Kyle Canyon, via the South Loop Trail.

    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.  If you arrive part way through, you’ll need to meet us on the trail.

    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.  Because there’s limited packing space, we’ll be asking some volunteers for this project to use tents that have already been packed up the trail.  

    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 South Loop trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 up from the trailhead.  We strongly encourage you to make use of our pack support to get your gear up the trail on Thursday.  That way, more of our energy is spent building the trail rather than hiking up it.  We’ll share more information with you about how to prep your gear to be packed. Otherwise, you are responsible to backpack your gear up to camp.

  • Griffith Peak Trail Rebuild, Part 5! 2 RSVPs

    Thursday, August 08, 2019 at 09:00 AM through August 11, 2019
    Mt. Charleston Wilderness

    Camp among the bristlecones and help rebuild the last section of Griffith Peak Trail!

    *RSVPs will open June 4th*

    Be a part of the volunteer trail crews that will rebuild Griffith Peak Trail this summer!  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.  Lace up your boots and join us!

    For this project, we’ll camp along South Loop Trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 ft. up from the trailhead.  Each day we’ll put on our day packs and hike to Griffith Peak Trail.  Trailwork will consist of using pick-mattocks and mcleods to cut and level trail tread.  There's truly no better way to get to know Mt. Charleston Wilderness!

    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.

     

    New to overnight trailwork?  Click here to get a better idea of what it’s like to be a Trailwork Volunteer.

    Difficulty Level: Strenuous - This project involves daily hikes of 5 - 6 miles on challenging terrain, at elevations of 7,500 - 10,800 ft, while carrying tools and all of your gear for the day.  Participants need to be of a high general fitness level to move at a pace that will allow the group to reach trailwork sites by a set time.  Participants should have some experience in the outdoors. This trip will be physically strenuous and extremely rewarding.

    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 Kyle Canyon, via the South Loop Trail.

    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.  If you arrive part way through, you’ll need to meet us on the trail.

    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.  Because there’s limited packing space, we’ll be asking some volunteers for this project to use tents that have already been packed up the trail.  

    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 South Loop trail, 4.2 miles and 2,900 up from the trailhead.  We strongly encourage you to make use of our pack support to get your gear up the trail on Thursday.  That way, more of our energy is spent building the trail rather than hiking up it.  We’ll share more information with you about how to prep your gear to be packed. Otherwise, you are responsible to backpack your gear up to camp.