Legacy Trails Program Awardee

 

Munson Meadow Trail

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Sixteen volunteers, including an American Hiking Society crew leader will join this project to backpack into a stunning river valley of granite and pine trees and help restore access along the popular Munson Meadow canyon trail.


Applicant: American Hiking Society
Project Location: Amador Ranger District, Eldorado National Forest, California
Amount Awarded: $8,881.00

The Munson Meadow trail is 9.5 miles long and is in need of trail maintenance. Volunteers will support this work through brushing, crosscut saw work, and tread repair. This project will improve the trail’s overall resiliency by reducing the erosive impact caused by weather events that (in these times of climate change) are becoming more extreme. Over the past years, trail features (water bars, checks) that control erosion have been rendered ineffective by silting up and/or by being dislodged.

The Mokelumne River Canyon has been described as a smaller version of the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite National Park. Sections of the canyon are up to a mile deep. Granite is predominate and the Munson Meadow trail is in some places a trail engineering marvel. The trail was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The trail is relatively flat for 6 miles as it passes Long Lake at mile 4 where the first campsite is. After mile 6, the trail drops steeply into the Mokelumne River Canyon. At mile 7.5 is the second camp, which has incredible views overlooking the canyon. There are trail maintenance needs above and below both camps with the majority of the work needed at the second camp.

Timeline:

January- June 2023: Project planning and volunteer recruitment
June 25-July 1, 2023: Weeklong project completion


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