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Closed! Surveying the Pacfic Crest Trail

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Springtime along the Pacific Crest Trail in the High Country of the Angeles National Forest

April 20-24, 2020
Volunteers must commit to entire session

The Angeles National Forest needs your help to conduct an important cultural survey project in the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains! This year we will focus our archaeological journey on surveying sections of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT); the Trail and its surrounding area are known to contain both historic (cabin remains, wagon roads, mining activities) and prehistoric archaeological sites (Native American encampments). We will locate, photograph, map, and document sites along the PCT, and we will use it to access other areas in the vicinity where we will conduct the same types of studies. The fieldwork will be conducted in an area with no facilities, so bear that in mind and come prepared. But, this is a fantastic region with enough “eye candy” and things to explore in your time ‘off the clock’ to please new campers and hearty backpackers. Passport in Time volunteers will gain experience in systematic survey methods, map and compass reading, artifact recording, and so much more – join our team as we discover the rich human history of the San Gabriel Mountains!

Please note that fieldwork will begin Monday morning, April 20th, but we advise volunteers to arrive on Sunday, April 19th to set up camp. Forest Service archaeologists will be at the campground beginning Sunday afternoon.

Number of openings: 6

Special skills: Previous archaeological survey, mapping, photography, and/or artifact identification experience helpful, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent/RV camping available at no charge at Chilao Campground; water, vault toilet; no hook-ups (and no cell phone coverage); hotels/motels, restaurants, and a full range of amenities available in Arcadia and Palmdale, however, both over an hour away from the campground; volunteers will be transported to and from the campground to the study area day; volunteers responsible for personal camping equipment, food, drinking water, and off-site lodging (as well as transportation to and from campground each day if opting to stay off-site)

Nearest towns: La Canada, 30 miles; Arcadia, 38 miles

Applications due: Ongoing until filled!

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