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Recreate Responsibly With These Helpful Reminders

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES —  Mother Nature is the best form of therapy. The sound of roaring falls and smell of blooming wildflowers. The deafening silence of freshly fallen snow on the ground. Recreate Responsibly (PDF) Not Just Yosemite But ALL Outdoor Lands Although the main attraction is Yosemite National Park, the idea of recreating responsibly shouldn’t be applied only to the ...

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Eat, Drink & Be Merry in Madera County This Winter

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MADERA COUNTY — Welcome to Madera County, the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. A fun-filled region of outdoor adventures, wine tasting, fishing, historic museums, and that is just the tip of the iceberg. Bass Lake is a family vacation must, with something to entertain everyone. Discover fishing, hiking, biking trails, wakeboarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, camping, you name it! Whether you’re ...

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Ostrander Ski Hut To Open After Two-Year Hiatus

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Historic Ostrander Ski Hut in Yosemite’s Backcountry Will Open for the 2022-2023 Winter Season After a Two-Year Hiatus  Yosemite National Park, November 3, 2022 – Ostrander Ski Hut, the cherished rustic stone cabin used by experienced cross-country skiers who make the strenuous 10-mile journey from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park’s backcountry, will be open ...

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Get the Latest News From the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce

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There’s a whole lot going on in Coarsegold and Madera County! Take a look, brought to you by the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce! Meet the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors!  President Laura Young, Vice President Elizabeth Romo, Secretary Chris Baker, Treasurer Melody Hilton, and Director Diane Boland. For more information, visit coarsegoldchamberofcommerce.com.             ...

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Adventures With Candace Finale

Today is the final Adventures With Candace Blog. It was back on September 22, 2012 when the first one was published on Sierra News Online and in case you are wondering, it was about a hike up to Dana Plateau. The blog has come a long way since then with improved photography and mapping tools. Somewhere along the line, I ...

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35th Annual Smokey Bear Run/Walk

BASS LAKE — The Mountain Area Runners would like to invite all runners and walkers to join in the celebration of the 35th Smokey Bear Run/Walk. The event will be held at beautiful Bass Lake, California on Saturday, September 24. The Smokey Bear Run/Walk is an annual event held in the transition period between Summer and Autumn, at Recreation Point, ...

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Hiking Up To And Around Gardisky Lake

My short hike had a bit of a climb up to a pretty lake with late summer wildflowers still blooming and nearby mountains reflecting in its clear water. Waterfowl were feeding, frogs were swimming and Clark’s Nutcatchers were busy harvesting! Where: Inyo National ForestDistance: 3.19 MilesDifficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 9,730′ to 10,526′Elevation Gain: 869′Date: September 1, 2022CALTOPO: Hiking to Gardisky ...

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Three Search And Rescue Calls Sunday

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MADERA COUNTY–The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is reporting three separate search and rescue calls on Sunday, 9.4.2022. Beginning at 8:35am with the first call and the final call coming in at 4:00pm, conditions all day were considered extreme due to excessive heat. Rescue #1 Lost Hiker at Devils Slide At 8:35am on Sunday 9/4/22, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office received ...

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Hiking to Lower McCabe Lake

Once upon a time, a Cavalry Officer married the daughter of an Acting Yosemite National Park Superintendent. Back in 1912, lakes and a creek were named after that young man but who could have known that he would rise to such a high rank? I took advantage of a layover day during my recent 8 day pack trip with stock ...

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