The iconic Sierra mountains are one of the true treasures of California. Thousands of people hike and backpack in these rugged, beautiful mountains every year. The growing popularity of trails like the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail put a strain on a very narrow corridor through the Sierra.
The Sierra Mapping Project is a five-year effort to accurately track and report current trail conditions for all of the trails throughout the Sierra mountains. The brainchild of long-distance thru-hiker Sara “Bloodbank” Fry, this project will document the many forgotten and lesser used trails in the hope of encouraging hikers to explore all of the Sierra mountains — not just the popular (and sometimes congested) JMT/PCT corridor.
You can help support the project by making a pledge by Tuesday, June 16, 2015 here on Kickstarter.
What do you get out of it? The project will provide downloadable GPS tracks of every trail, along with elevation profiles, accurate mileage and reliable water sources. It’s going to take time to collect this data, but we can all benefit from the knowledge.
This project could open up new areas of the mountains to explore and enjoy. I hope you’ll join SoCalHiker in supporting the Sierra Mapping Project.