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The Ventana Wilderness Alliance is comprised of people from all walks of life with a love of wilderness. We also love restoring and maintaining public access to public lands, Come join us to protect, preserve, and restore the wilderness qualities and biodiversity of the amazing public lands in the Big Sur backcountry. Please join our Meetup group today.

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Back Pack TWO Night Trail Work Pine Ridge Trail

39171 Tassajara Rd


Backpack Two Nights Pine Ridge Trail FROM CHINA CAMP


Betsy MacGowan



HIKE 4 miles from the trailhead at China Camp to camp at Divide Camp on the Pine Ridge Trail. We will brush sections of the trail on the hike in, and work to make the trail stock passable to Divide Camp. Saturday and Sunday we will continue brushing and may also clear some of the many trees that are down between Divide Camp and Pine Ridge. This is a fairly easy hike in, although the hike out is a bit of a challenge!

WORK on the Pine Ridge Trail between China Camp and Pine Ridge Camp.

This will be a good introduction to backpacking and trailwork. You may choose to participate in part of the trip. This must be approved by the leader in advance.


This trip continues work started on MLK weekend in January. We hope to finish clearing the trail to Divide Camp on that first trip but if this doesn't happen, we will continue where we left off. We need to get the trail stock passable to Divide Camp. There is work for all abilities. Beginner to expert. Tools and instruction provided for brushing/tread work. The work location doesn't have a lot of poison oak. Long sleeves and long pants are recommended even for the hike in.

MEET: Jamesburg 7 A.M. DON'T BE LATE! Or 7:30 at China Camp.

IMPORTANT: Meetup directions may not be the best. In your mapping program, search for:
39171 Tassajara Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

The meeting location is at the end of the paved section of Tassajara Road, at a large turnaround with many cars and trash cans. If you pass this turnaround and start driving uphill on the dirt section of Tassajara Road, you have gone too far.

LEADER APPROVAL REQUIRED for partial attendance; contact leader for trip and meeting details.




Betsy MacGowan using the Meetup messaging feature.


Sturdy work clothes with long sleeved shirts and long pants; sturdy footwear. A daypack to carry your water and lunches for each day. Bring enough containers to carry a minimum of 3 liters.

ALL FOOD for 3 days/2 nights

WATER There is no water on the hike in, but there should be water at Divide Camp. You WILL need to take all your water for the time we are working. Filtering is recommended.

A DAYPACK for your lunch and water for each day.

Tecnu lotion for poison oak protection if you need it. There is SOME poison oak on this trail.

Your favorite work gloves, safety glasses, loppers, hand saw and hard hat if you have them; otherwise tools and hardhats will be provided.

A tent if rain is forecast. Heavy rain or snow cancels.

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Back Pack THREE Night Trail Work Pine Ridge Trail

39171 Tassajara Rd

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