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Author: Charlie Pankey

How to Enjoy Yosemite National Park While Ferguson Fire Closes the Yosemite Valley

West Yosemite and Yosemite Valley Closed, But Yosemite National Park Can Still be Enjoyed Sierra Rec Magazine – July 25, 2018 – Yesterday Yosemite National park announced mandatory evacuations of the Yosemite Valley starting today at noon and announced the closure of Yosemite Valley and all services on HWY 140 South through the weekend. This included Closing Glacier Point, Tunnel View, Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley through Sunday.  With the ongoing closure of Highway140, visitors can exit the park using Highways 120 and 41.  Lushmeadows area is now under evacuation from the north side of Triangle Road from Vista Lago to...

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From one Adventurous Spirit to Another…The Death Ride is Insane

Saturday In Alpine County California is Filled With Some of The Worlds Most Daring Riders Sierra Rec Magazine – Alpine County Ca,  July 2018 – Here we are on the eve of the 2018 Death Ride in Alpine County Ca, and as I sit here planning my alternative route in the morning for my hiking adventure in Desolation Wilderness, I can’t help but wonder what kind of personality trait is it, that someone would want to put themselves and their body through the Death Ride Experience?  Listen I drive these 5 mountain passes routinely on the way to my weekly adventures and on my wilderness day hikes I have even climbed up a trail that may have covered that type of altitude gain (once) on my journey. But I can’t even fathom the type of pain associated with climbing 5 mountain passes over 129 miles of highway covering over 15,000 feet in elevation change all in one day.  Let’s not even discuss that this is in July, which is the hottest season of the year typically in Alpine County Ca.  One word comes to mind “RESPECT!” I believe it was 2008 that I was first introduced to the Death Ride, as a newbie to the Sierra, by chance I actually drove up to Alpine County out of the Carson Valley on the eve of the ride. There were bikers everywhere and atypical...

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Mariposa Grove Reopening – A Celebration Of Partnership, Vision And Passion

Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Conservancy Celebrate the Reopening of the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias After the Largest Restoration Project in Park History Sierra Rec Magazine -Yosemite National Park- June 2018 – Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Conservancy and public officials this month dedicated the newly restored Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias following a landmark project to protect the ancient trees and reestablish the area’s natural serenity. “As the largest protection, restoration and improvement project in park history, this milestone reflects the unbridled passion so many people have to care for Yosemite so that future generations can experience majestic places like...

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Yosemite National Park Offers Electronic Park Entrance Passes Beginning on June 21, 2018

YourPassNow offers visitors new digital access to America’s public lands Sierra Rec Magazine – Yosemite National Park, June 2018 – Yosemite National Park announces the opportunity for park visitors to purchase their park entrance passes electronically through YourPassNow beginning on Thursday, June 21, 2018. Once visitors purchase and save their digital pass to their cell phone, or print and bring their purchased pass with them, Rangers will scan their pass at the entrance station. This convenient new service will give visitors the choice of purchasing a park pass in advance, or purchasing a pass in person at the park entrance station. This option...

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Wild Tahoe Weekend at Taylor Creek Visitor Center

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Get ready for a wild time as the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) and the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) host Wild Tahoe Weekend! Join us June 23-24, 2018, at Taylor Creek Visitor Center, just three miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Residents and visitors are invited to attend this free family and fun event! To kick off Wild Tahoe Weekend, the LTBMU will host the Native Species Festival on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 10am to 3pm. This festival is a great way to spend the...

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Celebrating Native Species Festival with Tahoe Yellow Cress planting at Baldwin Beach

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – On Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Sugar Pine Foundation will co-host a Tahoe yellow cress (TYC) planting with the Tahoe yellow cress Adaptive Management Working Group at Baldwin Beach, which is National Forest System land managed by the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU). In addition, the LTBMU will host a TYC information booth at the Native Species Festival on June 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center. Tahoe yellow cress (Rorippa subumbellata) is a rare plant that grows on the...

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Reds Meadow, Devils Post Pile and Rainbow Falls Access Opens For The Season

The Reds Meadow Road to open June 15   Sierra Rec Magazine – June 14, 2018 – The Inyo National Forest and Devils Postpile National Monument announce that the Reds Meadow Valley Road will open on Friday, June 15 at 5:00 pm. The road received damage in two sections of the road, where the sub-grade material under the road washed away and the road buckled. The forest’s Engineering Crew, with the assistance of an additional crew brought in under an emergency contract, rebuilt and repaved these segments of the road. The mandatory Reds Meadow Shuttle Bus will run starting...

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Trout Unlimited Sponsors Free Junior Fishing Derby at Graeagle June 9th

Grab your fishing pole for the Graeagle Junior Fishing Derby happening Saturday, June 9th at the Graeagle Mill Pond. Cast off at 7:00 am for this free event. For kids 16 and under, there’s no fishing license required. Bait and tackle are limited, so come early.   This event is sponsored by Trout Unlimited.   Camping In And Around Graeagle Graeagle Area Plumas Eureka State Park (530) 836-2380   Cromberg Area Cromberg Group Campground is a private, non-profit campground and retreat center located in beautiful Plumas County. Open Spring through Autumn, the facility features 40+ camp sites, cabins, several RV sites,...

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Reach Higher Trail Challenge Kick-off At Lassen Volcanic National Park June 9th

Celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, June 9 and celebrate Early Season Conditions At Lassen Volcanic National Park  Sierra Rec Magazine ~ June 7, 2018 –  Chester Ca – Participate in the Lassen Volcanic National Park Reach Higher Trail Challenge and earn a commemorative bandana. Saturday, June 9, Lassen Volcanic celebrates National Get Outdoors Day with the annual Reach Higher Trail Challenge kick-off. “This year’s challenge celebrates the 50th anniversary of our National Trails System,” says Superintendent Jim Richardson. “We invite visitors to explore one of seven National Trails in, or adjacent to, the park.” Lassen contains all three types of National...

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Summer in Calaveras: Go for it! Active adventures

Discover the Active Lifestyle of Calaveras County Kayaking on Lake Alpine | SNAC-Arnold Upcountry exploring | Photo: Ben Davidson Hop in the car for a high country day. As you head up Hwy. 4 stop at the Stanislaus National Forest Ranger Station in Hathaway Pines for trail information and maps. For one of the best breakfast options – or lunch, if it’s that time of day – on the mountain, stop into Bistro Espresso for breakfast wraps, pastries and great house-made coffees. Pick up some delicious, hand-crafted sandwiches for your day’s adventure from Big Trees Market & Deli. Head down the street to Sierra...

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