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  •  CCC in the Stanislaus National Forest (5+ / 0-)

    The US Forest Service just started an archeological study along Ponderosa Way in Tuolumne County, CA in the STF to unearth remnants of the CCC's camps and culture. Ponderosa Way is an awesome CCC undertaking and was initially built as a fire break to keep lower altitude wildfires from reaching the Sierra Nevada timberlands. Ponderosa Way stretches from the Pit to Kern Rivers in California and was slated to go even further North but time ran out, or rather, the war started and the CCC disbanded here.

    Ponderosa Way was also maintained as a secondary evacuation route in the off chance the Japanese invaded the Pacific coastline!

    Most recently Ponderosa Way was maintained again as a fire break but has since reverted back to private property in several spots. Gates and locks now stand where once hikers and bicyclists and equestrians traveled this incredibly flat and well built dirt road.

    My hope is that someday this route will once again be opened for recreation. Just think, it is below the snow line and is available year around - not like the Pacific Crest Trail, which by the way, was also constructed in large part by the CCC.

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