Greetings Fellow Wilderness Lover!

Do you go into the Wilderness expecting it to look like an urban city park? Does it make you sad, possibly even angry, to be in Wilderness and find man-made structures, trash, destruction of the natural habitat, even deliberate vandalism? Do you want to help do something about it? If so, this is a good group for you.

KWF is a hiking group with a Difference - Our members are Making a Difference. We Invite you to Join Us!

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What We Do

We believe the wilderness must be kept wild! We promote Wilderness Stewardship while working on trails and campsites, educate by example, and practice Leave No Trace. We also actively pursue the goals of the Wilderness Act.

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Leave No Trace Seven Principles

The following are a selection from the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.
© 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

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  • Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit.
  • Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies.
  • Use a map and compass to eliminate the use of marking paint, rock cairns or flagging.
  • Repackage food to minimize waste.
  • Durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.
    • In popular areas:
      • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
      • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
    • In prestine areas:
      • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
      • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.
  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and use small amounts of biodegradable soap. Scatter strained dishwater.
  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.
  • Campfires can cause lasting impacts to the backcountry. Use a lightweight stove for cooking and enjoy a candle lantern for light.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.
  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviors, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home
  • Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to other users on the trail.
  • Let nature's sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

How We Do It

We enjoy assisting the US Forest Service by helping to maintain Wilderness Character in the Kaiser Wilderness and beyond. We have fun, work hard, and don't mind going the extra mile to find beauty and solitude.

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