Youth Conservation/Service Corps and Community Outreach

 

Lassen Peak Trail

CCC Corpsmembers Michael Buck (right) and Jacob Fanene shaping rock while hiker passes by on the Lassen Peak Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The Lassen Peak Trail, located in the Lassen National Park in Northern California, is a historic trail that existed before the 1914-1917 spectacular series of eruptions of Mt. Lassen.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) had previously participated with trail maintenance of the path by erecting retaining walls. The relatively short 2.5-mile trek to the peak, which towers at an elevation of 10,426 feet, attracts thousands from around the world. In July of 2009, a rock wall collapse which caused severe injuries and one fatality demonstrated the trail required more upkeep and additional preservation tactics than it had received in the past.

Completed multi-tier wall switchback turn on the Lassen Peak Trail in Lassen
Volcanic National Park.

Completed multi-tier wall switchback turn on the Lassen Peak Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

In February of 2010, the National Park Service (NPS) approved pursuing more comprehensive rehabilitation beyond summer trail work. CCC members out of the Redding District worked on the project from the spring of 2014 through the summer of 2015. Corpsmembers spent approximately 8,442 vocational education hours reconstructing retaining walls, constructing causeways, and repairing/constructing steps in extreme conditions for the safety of the trail’s 25,000 annual visitors and the protection of our natural resources in Lassen National Park.

CCC Corpsmember Ian Dalziel using a jack hammer to quarry rock on the Lassen Peak Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

CCC Corpsmember Ian Dalziel using a jack hammer to quarry rock on the Lassen Peak Trail in Lassen Volcanic National Park.


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2017: Arizona Conservation Corps Mogollon Rim Ancestral Lands Trail Crew - Arizona

2016: Rock Creek Park Bridge Project - District of Columbia

2016: Utah Conservation Corps Bike Crew - Utah

2015: Iowa DNR Americorps Trail Crew - Iowa

2014: Alaska Trails Mobile Tool Trailers

2013: Leicester Hollow Loop Trail - Vermont

2012: Mount Yale Trail Realignment - Colorado

2011: Anchorage Hillside Singletrack Trail System - Alaska

2010: Hyde Park Heritage Greenway - New York

2009: North Bend Lake Equestrian Trail - West Virginia

2007: Continental Divide Trail Alliance Youth Corps

2006: Swallow Falls Trails and Muddy Creek Falls Overlook - Maryland

2005: Superior Hiking Trail - Minnesota

2004: North Fork I and II Trail Projects - Oregon

2003: North Fork Boise River Trail Rehabilitation - Idaho