The National Park Service has begun the project to replace a dilapidated wilderness visitor contact station (ranger station) located at the Bearpaw High Sierra Camp in Sequoia National Park.
The 1964 ranger station has been deconstructed and crews are in the process of modifying the foundation and building the floor for the new station in the coming weeks.
During the week of June 11, 2018, the park helicopter will be flying in lumber, plywood, and rebar, all materials that cannot be safely hauled via pack stock. At the same time, materials from the deconstructed cabin will be back-hauled, a practice that park managers use to reduce the total number of helicopter flights over wilderness. One hundred and fifty bags of cement have already been delivered via the parks' pack train.
Minimum trail delays will be used during helicopter deliveries to keep hikers out of harm's way, each only lasting a few minutes.
Project lead Martin Maine expects the crew to complete the foundation and floor later in June, and is hopeful that the project will not impact hikers or guests at the High Sierra Camp. Once this phase is complete, the crew will pack up and leave the wilderness until the cabin is delivered in late summer.
The new ranger station will be constructed of traditional log walls with a 12/12 pitched conventional roof, in order to blend in with other historical structures in the area, and be designed to be animal proof and low maintenance with secure and adequate storage. The new structure is designed to be more sustainable and compatible with the period of significance for the Bearpaw High Sierra Camp Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 21, 2016.
This project is part of the implementation of the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness Stewardship Plan, approved in 2015. The High Sierra Camp is most commonly accessed via the popular High Sierra Trail and is 11 miles from the trailhead at Crescent Meadow.
If you have any specific questions regarding this project, you may contact Nancy Hendricks, environmental protection specialist, at (559) 565-3102.
Map of Bearpaw High Sierra Camp, #3 is the proposed project site