CCC Crews Restore Trails: Merced River Watershed – 2017

Yosemite’s California Conservation Corps crew restore trails to protect the Merced Watershed. Photo: CCC.

The California Conservation Corps (CCC) is the country’s oldest and largest state conservation-corps program. Throughout the years, support from Conservancy donors has helped hundreds of CCC participants (ages 18–25) gain valuable skills and experience through hands-on trail restoration projects in Yosemite.

Through on-the-job training with park professionals, CCC members learn to fill ruts, repair steps, build rock walls and more, using restoration practices that minimize environmental impacts of trails and hikers, protect natural resources and create safe access to wilderness areas.

In 2017, the Merced River Watershed CCC crew improved hiking terrain on more than 50 miles of trails. They started out on classic trails in and around Yosemite Valley, such as the Four Mile Trail and John Muir Trail, and then moved into the backcountry, working in the Illilouette Basin and Lost Valley.

Your gift helped young adults gain experience in an iconic wilderness setting while completing important restoration work on Yosemite’s trails. Read our blog post about the 2017 CCC crews to meet some of the young people who participated in the program!

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park and California Conservation Corps.

More Trail Rehabilitation & Access Projects

Project Notes
Yosemite’s California Conservation Corps crew restore trails in Benson Lake and Lyell Fork.

The California Conservation Corp trail program continues the long standing partnership with Yosemite National Park for backcountry trail work. In the 35 years of this program over 600 youths have participated in the program, resulting in thousands of miles of trails being improved and maintained.

Lou Summerfield
Facility Management Division, Roads & Trails
Yosemite National Park