Sweetwater Mountains Resurey
July 25 – July 31, 2023
This is a week of scientific survey work, attendees are volunteer botanists, students, research scientists or previous GLORIA workshop attendees. If you have high altitude experience, are a reasonably competent botanist, are familiar with GLORIA-style surveys, we would love to have you!
Basecamp for the Sweetwater target region peaks will be at the abandoned mining camp of Belfort which is accessed via NV SR 338. A 4WD vehicle will be required for the last 2 miles of the access to our basecamp. Shuttling to the basecamp is likely, and will be arranged as we know more about current road conditions. All meals and personal camping gear will need to be provided by the participant however impromptu pot-lucks are likely. If you are short of a piece of equipment, please email and I am sure that we can find something for you.
There is no reliable water at camp, although there is a spring some walk from camp and reliable water en route to some of our sites. Bring plenty of water and containers that you can fill as we go.
The good news about camping. It’s free!
July 25 – Arrive at camp
July 26 – Belfort Peak survey
July 27 – Frying Pan Peak survey
July 28 – Wheeler Peak survey
July 29 – Built in weather day
July 30 – Built in extra day/play day
July 31 – Departure
General GLORIA Fieldwork Orientation
Another of Jan's fantastic plant guides coming soon!
Map and Directions
From Bridgeport, CA: Take the paved CA SR 182 north, which turns into NV SR 338 at the CA/NV state line. From Bridgeport, it is 19 miles to a large (red buildings) ranch complex “Sweetwater Ranch”. Just to the south of the main ranch is dirt Forest Road (FR) 191; This may not be marked, but it is the obvious main dirt road heading SSW from the paved highway. This is a very good dirt road suitable for all cars. At about 1.25 miles from the highway, you will reach a gate and 4-way intersection. Low clearance drivers, park your cars on FS land beyond the gate and out of the way here to meet those going up. For those continuing on, turn left (south) onto FR 198 (Atchison Rd on the Google map). There will be many side roads that are about similarly used, so be careful to check FR signs at each intersection to stay on FR 198 (and not such things as FR198a…).