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Ranger Reports

These end-of-season reports were written by rangers stationed at backcountry ranger stations in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. The reports span the years 1983 to 2004, although reports are missing for some years and for some stations. By the end of 2016 we hope/expect to make newer ranger reports available.

In these reports, rangers document wilderness issues that also concern the High Sierra Hikers Association, such as:

  • Damage to meadows and trails, and pollution of meadows, water sources, and campsites by stock animals.
  • Appropriate hiker and stock party sizes.
  • Water-borne diseases and invasive weeds introduced by stock animals.
  • The appropriate elevation for allowing fires.

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About These Ranger Reports

Backcountry ranger stations are typically located on major trails, and are staffed during the peak visitor season, late May/early June until shortly after Labor Day. Rangers patrol the area around their stations, answer visitors' questions, assist with illnesses and injuries, and enforce park regulations.

The file names (such as 1986CharlotteDurkee.pdf) of the ranger reports have three parts:

Year The year for which the report was written, like 1986.
Ranger station A shortened form of the ranger stations, such as Charlotte for Charlotte Lake.
Author The last name of the ranger who wrote the report, such as Durkee for George Durkee. In a few cases, the ranger is unknown.

Most of the typewritten ranger reports are searchable. To search through all of the reports, use the search box on this page. To search in a single report, locate the report, click the report to open it, and then search. The handwritten reports are not searchable.

If you have difficulty opening these reports, you can try to install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. Alternatively, you can try a different web browser such as Google Chrome.