Link to the Past: Restore a Pioneer History Center Trail – 2018

Link to the Past: Restore a Pioneer History Center Trail – 2018

California Conservation Corps trail crews are restoring the Pioneer History Center Trail in Wawona.

The Wawona area in southern Yosemite is the perfect place for a quick trip into the park’s past, thanks to the Pioneer Yosemite History Center, a collection of historic buildings from throughout the park, and Hill’s Studio, where 19th century artist Thomas Hill worked on hundreds of Yosemite landscape paintings.

This grant funded much-needed improvements to the high-traffic trail connecting the studio, now a visitor center, and the History Center. Crews replaced the trail’s steep steps with a smooth ramp surfaced with sustainable non-asphalt tread. The transformed trail enables people to move more safely and easily in a popular area, while reducing the incentive to create “social trails” through the surrounding habitat.

Your gift supported key upgrades on a much-used trail to improve the visitor experience in a place that offers an important glimpse into Yosemite’s past.

Completed in partnership with Yosemite National Park.

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Project Notes

If Wawona had no other attraction than Hill’s Studio, it would be enough to amply repay a visit. The tourist can here see Yosemite on canvas, as natural as the gifted and true artist can make it.

Yosemite Tourist, 1889