The American River Conservancy has started the Granite Chief Wilderness Campaign to protect 10,000 acres of land on the west and north sides of the Granite Chief Wilderness.
The lands are currently privately owned, mostly by a logging company. The parcels include headwaters of the North Fork American River and Middle Fork American River. Since some of the parcels are immediately adjacent to the existing wilderness, they could be automatically added to the wilderness.
I’ve moved my photos back to Flickr. Google made PicasaWeb progressively harder to use and less useful, as it removed capabilities and pushed people onto Google+, the social service. I have fixed all the photo links on blog posts.
My Granite Chief Wilderness collection is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/allisondan/collections/72157637640215275/. In addition to the sets in this collection, two additional trips include a portion in the Granite Chief: Pacific Crest 2008-07 and Western States Trail 2012-07.
One of my purposes of my Picayune Valley and Shanks Cove trip earlier this year was to create GPS tracks for the Western States and Shanks Cove trails. In the area of the saddle between the Five Lakes Creek basin and Picayune Valley, the trail alignment shown on the National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps is incorrect. It turns out, now that Trimble Outdoors has added National Forest roads and trails as an available overlay in MyTopo Maps, that the Forest Service base maps are incorrect.