Each year, many visitors hike into Yosemite’s wilderness to escape the crowds and experience the stunning scenery. To improve access and provide for a safer hiking experience, backcountry trails require regular maintenance that often goes unseen by the public.

In the summer of 2013, an intern from the California Conservation Corps (CCC) accompanied a National Park Service backcountry crew to help clear fallen trees from trails in the Merced watershed. The CCC intern was mentored and trained in backcountry trail maintenance skills while gaining valuable experience protecting natural resources. This project prevents hikers from taking circuitous detours around fallen trees and unintentionally disturbing vital habitat in the process.

With your help, youth experience life-changing opportunities while visitors have better access to trails.

Partnering with California Conservation Corps (CCC), a program for young adults in their late teens and early 20s, and Yosemite National Park.


Participant, California Conservation Corps

Project Notes

This is a unique opportunity for the young men and women of this country to step up and learn firsthand the importance of the national park system. Giving them your support enables a new generation to experience, grow and shape the future of Yosemite.