Western LA County Council High Adventure Team

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Trans Sierra Trail

Most Units plan trips that start and end on the same side of the Sierra's using trails that usually run North or South. Many areas are unused because they are in the middle between the East or West side of the Sierra's where many units do not venture.

This award was established to get Units away from the more popular areas and trails by having them use the many trans-Sierra Trails.



  1. Meet all applicable General Requirements .
  2. Plan a trip across the Sierras from East to West or West to East using existing trails wherever possible.
  3. Minimum time on trail: 10 days and 9 nights and 50 hours.
  4. A minimum of 75% of the group's participants must have completed a previous long term trip (minimum 6 days and 5 nights and a minimum of 25 hours).
  5. Itinerary and profile for trip must be reviewed and approved by H.A.T. a minimum of 2 weeks in advance of proposed trip.
  6. Recommended age is 12 years old or older. Each Scout participant must demonstrate the following scout skills or have earned the following Merit Badges: Camping, Cooking, Hiking, First Aid and Swimming. Adult and Venturers must have the equivalent knowledge. Outing leader to verify compliance.
  7. Outing leader or another 21 year old adult going on trip must have completed the Basic Backpack Awareness Course.
  8. Minimum of 3 preparation hikes within the last 4 months prior to trip for each participant at approximate elevation of long term trip.
  9. An approved conservation project of six (6) hours per participant is required. Show evidence of completion.
  10. The Specific Requirements shall supersede the General Requirements if there is an area of conflict.
NOTE: The Award consists of a Patch and 2 segments. One segment for East to West and one segment for West to East. This Award was suggested by T-534 of Chatsworth, CA.

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