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The Ventana Wilderness Alliance is comprised of people from all walks of life with a love of wilderness. Come join us to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the amazing public lands in the Big Sur backcountry.

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Upcoming events (3)

Back Pack One Night Trail Work Marble Peak

Big Sur Station

TRIP TITLE / DATES / IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS: RAIN CANCELS Backpack One Night Marble Peak Trail Brushing VWA TRAIL CREW LEADER: Betsy MacGowan OVERVIEW: BACKPACKING TRIP HIKE 2 miles from the trailhead WORK on the Marble Peak Trail from the unoffial Indian Valley Camp at the junction of Marble Peak and the Lost Valley Trails. This will be a good introduction to backpacking and trailwork. Plus an excellent opportunity to see this remote area, and learn all about trailwork. Work on the Marble Peak Trail beyond the Lost ValleyTrail junction. We hope to get to the top of the ridge on the way to Tan Oak Camp. There is water at our camp location. THE WORK: There is work for all abilities. There will be brushing with loppers and hand saws on this trip, plus grubbing out brush including poison oak. If you are allergic to poison oak, there is plenty of work that does not involve PO. MEET: Big Sur Multi Agency Facility 8 A.M. DON'T BE LATE! IMPORTANT: Meetup directions may not be the best. In you mapping program, search for: Big Sur Station, 47555 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 The Big Sur Multi Agency Facility is at Big Sur Station. It is on the east (inland) side of Highway One, about a half mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. For those coming from the north, after you pass Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, you cross the Big Sur River on an inconspicuous bridge. Then as you start the uphill, there is a left turn lane; use this left turn lane to turn in to the Multi Agency Facility at Big Sur Station. If you go over a larger bridge, and get to the Big Sur Bakery, you have gone too far. LEADER APPROVAL REQUIRED due to the access issues; contact leader for acceptance on this trip and meeting details. LOCAL WEATHER: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.211186929941974&lon=-121.54655456542969#.Uso3xbRa_BY FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE DETAILS: Betsy MacGowan using the Meetup messaging feature. WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy work clothes with long sleeved shirts and long pants; sturdy footwear. A daypack to carry your water and lunches for each day. ALL FOOD for 2 days/1 night A DAYPACK for your lunch and water for each day. Tecnu lotion for poison oak protection if you need it. There is LOTS of poison oak on this trail. Your favorite work gloves, safety glasses, loppers and/or saw if you have them, otherwise tools and hardhats will be provided. A tent for privacy. POTLUCK appetizer or dinner item. For new people, this means we will have a potluck shared dinner. Feel free to bring your own dinner, but you likely will not need it.

Back Pack One Night Trail Work Marble Peak

Big Sur Station

TRIP TITLE / DATES / IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS: RAIN CANCELS Backpack One Night Marble Peak Trail Brushing VWA TRAIL CREW LEADER: Betsy MacGowan OVERVIEW: BACKPACKING TRIP HIKE 2 miles from the trailhead WORK on the Marble Peak Trail from the unoffial Indian Valley Camp at the junction of Marble Peak and the Lost Valley Trails. This will be a good introduction to backpacking and trailwork. Plus an excellent opportunity to see this remote area, and learn all about trailwork. Work on the Marble Peak Trail beyond the Lost ValleyTrail junction. We hope to get to the top of the ridge on the way to Tan Oak Camp. There is water at our camp location. THE WORK: There is work for all abilities. There will be brushing with loppers and hand saws on this trip, plus grubbing out brush including poison oak. If you are allergic to poison oak, there is plenty of work that does not involve PO. MEET: Big Sur Multi Agency Facility 8 A.M. DON'T BE LATE! IMPORTANT: Meetup directions may not be the best. In you mapping program, search for: Big Sur Station, 47555 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920 The Big Sur Multi Agency Facility is at Big Sur Station. It is on the east (inland) side of Highway One, about a half mile south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. For those coming from the north, after you pass Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, you cross the Big Sur River on an inconspicuous bridge. Then as you start the uphill, there is a left turn lane; use this left turn lane to turn in to the Multi Agency Facility at Big Sur Station. If you go over a larger bridge, and get to the Big Sur Bakery, you have gone too far. LEADER APPROVAL REQUIRED due to the access issues; contact leader for acceptance on this trip and meeting details. LOCAL WEATHER: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=36.211186929941974&lon=-121.54655456542969#.Uso3xbRa_BY FOR QUESTIONS OR MORE DETAILS: Betsy MacGowan using the Meetup messaging feature. WHAT TO BRING: Sturdy work clothes with long sleeved shirts and long pants; sturdy footwear. A daypack to carry your water and lunches for each day. ALL FOOD for 2 days/1 night A DAYPACK for your lunch and water for each day. Tecnu lotion for poison oak protection if you need it. There is LOTS of poison oak on this trail. Your favorite work gloves, safety glasses, loppers and/or saw if you have them, otherwise tools and hardhats will be provided. A tent for privacy. POTLUCK appetizer or dinner item. For new people, this means we will have a potluck shared dinner. Feel free to bring your own dinner, but you likely will not need it.

Dutra Flat Trail Project

Salmon Creek Trailhead

PROJECT: Clearing the Three Peaks a.k.a. Dutra Trail above Dutra Flat Camp in the Silver Peak Wilderness. 3 day/2 night backpacking trip in a scenic area of the Silver Peak Wilderness. Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, 2019 OVERVIEW: We will carry tools, food, and backpacking gear from Salmon Creek on Hwy 1 to Dutra Flat Camp. The hike is approximately 5 miles, climbing from 400’ to 2100’ on wide, well-signed wilderness trail. We will start work on the Three Peaks Trail after reaching camp on Friday, return to camp for the night, continue work all day Saturday and spend another night at Dutra Flat. Sunday we will break camp and hike out (scenic hiking options are abundant). Dutra Flat has a large meadow for setting up tents, abundant clear water in a spring-fed trough, and a well-established fire ring and picnic table. There is no toilet at camp. THE WORK: The Three Peaks Trail needs brush cut back and tread maintained starting from the beginning of the trail at Dutra Flat Camp. Work will involve cutting brush, grubbing brush from the trail, maintaining the tread, and removing deadfall with small saws. There is very little poison oak on this trail. MEET: We will meet at the Salmon Creek Station Friday, 4/26 at 9:00 a.m. There is room for several cars to park at the ranger station, but you are encouraged to arrange carpools to minimize impact. https://goo.gl/maps/kw95HiADq3L2 LEADER APPROVAL REQUIRED: Please sign up for this trip, but your participation is dependent on leader approval. LOCAL WEATHER: Significant rain causes misery – misery loves company. https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lon=-121.3165145739913&lat=35.817781141826416#.XIv4PvZFyUk WHAT TO BRING: • This is a backpacking trip – pack in your own shelter, sleeping system, clothing and gear necessary to be comfortable primitive camping for two nights. • Bring your own food and backpacking stove for all the meals and snacks you will need. • Bring snacks/hors d'oeuvre to share potluck-style in camp. • Sturdy work clothing and footwear. Long sleeves and pants encouraged to minimize bleeding. • Sun glasses/safety glasses for eye protection. • Container for at least 2 qts of water while working. • Hard hats, work gloves, and tools will be provided. You may bring your own if desired. • Tecnu or similar for poison oak if you need it. There is some poison oak in the area. • A sun shower may be nice. MORE INFO: Message Steve Cypher for more details.

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One Day Santa Lucia Trail - East - Trail Maintenance

Arroyo Seco Campground

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