Wilderness Volunteer Work Weeks

Want to spend a week in a beautiful place with fun people? Every year, Friends of the Inyo partners with the Sierra National Forest or the Inyo National Forest to take volunteers into the wilderness to maintain trails and restore campsites and lakes shores. In 2018, join us on the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Project July 25-29, or the Sierra National Forest Wilderness Project August 8-12.


Wilderness projects take place in scenic, remote locations throughout the high country. In past years we’ve traveled to Fourth Recess Lake, Humphreys Basin, and Shadow Creek.


Friends of the Inyo send our professional stewardship staff to train, support, and work alongside volunteers. The National Forests provides rangers and pack stock for support. Volunteers come from all walks of life. We’ve had long-time Eastern Sierra residents working alongside visitors from Southern California or the Bay. Are you a high school student who needs service hours to graduate? This is a great way to earn those hours and have fun while doing it.

All we ask is that you can hike up ten miles a day, and be strong enough to handle being active at high elevations. Also, you’ll need to provide your own backpacking equipment and food. We’ll provide the trail tools.


What’s a Day Like?

A day of stewardship in the high country usually begins with stretching, and then a hike to the work site. Possible projects include running the crosscut saw to remove trees across the trail, joining the crew in technical rock or trail work, or rehabbing campsites that are impacting habitat or water quality.

We find time to have fun too. Bring your camera, fishing pole, guitar or climbing shoes. There’s plenty of time to unwind and enjoy the Sierra high country.



Want to join next year?

Send us an email and we’ll add you to our email list.