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Not Snowshoeing Tamarack Ridge SNO-PARK Area

We did not snowshoe Tamarack Ridge but we carried our snowshoes all day thinking that we would. We headed up above Shaver Lake to find well packed snow and once we left the main trails, that snow was pristine and untouched by people. Where: Tamarack Ridge SNO-PARK, Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.82 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 7,354′ to 7,800′ ...

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Bass Lake Businesses “Spring” Into Action

BASS LAKE – Bass Lake is about to burst with activity as two popular local lakeside businesses open for the summer this weekend. The Forks Resort is headed into their 71st season, and Miller’s Landing opens for their 37th season on Friday, Mar. 30. The Forks Resort and Miller’s Landing are both long-time favorites on the lake where you can ...

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Snowshoeing at the Coyote SNO-PARK Area

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You never really know how long March snow will stick around. I did know that snow was up in our local mountains, plenty of it to snowshoe on, so we packed up our ride with 5 hikers, our snowshoes and headed for the SNO-PARK areas above Shaver Lake. Where: Coyote SNO-PARK, Sierra National Forest Distance: 5.89 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: ...

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Snowshoeing to Dewey Point

Bright blue skies with white puffy clouds and plenty of snow to enjoy made it the right time to check out the trail and views from Dewey Point. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.41 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevational Range: 7,331′ to 7,569′ Date: March 12, 2018 Map: El Capitan Topographic Map Dog Hike: No Even though snow was late arriving ...

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Snowshoeing from Chinquapin to Monroe Meadow aka Badger Pass aka Yosemite Ski & Snowboard Area

First snowshoe adventure of the season in March? Yes indeed, and we sure weren’t going to waste anytime getting our snowshoes on that snow. We just didn’t know when Mother Nature would take that opportunity away from us. A good workout, gaining 1,000 feet in elevation in 2 1/2 miles, but we also received a wonderful surprise when we arrived ...

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Hiking from Redinger Lake along the North Side of the San Joaquin River across from Stevenson Falls

Wildflowers and snow, all in the same hike! Who would have guessed? We had heard that a few early wildflowers were blooming above Redinger Lake so we headed on up to check them out and got a good workout in as a bonus. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 10.03 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 1,404′ to 3,521′ Date: February 21, ...

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Exploring Bass Lake Historical Graves

I joined the Sierra Hiking Seniors on an adventure to hike below Bass Lake and visit the old bunker-type graves of four men. We also got a bit of exercise in and had a few surprises along the trail. Where: Sierra National Forest, Pacific Gas & Electric Distance: 5.09 miles (but you can go more or less if you want ...

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Hiking From Soquel Meadow to Fresno Dome

Sure, you can pretty much drive up to the Fresno Dome Trailhead but we parked at Soquel Meadow to check out the old barn and get a good workout, walking up the snow covered road. Where: Sierra National Forest Distance: 14.57 miles (but you can go more or less if you want to) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Elevation Range: 5,373′ ...

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Hiking from McKenzie Preserve to Sky Harbor

I had a unique opportunity to join the Sierra Hiking Seniors on a docent-led hike from the Sierra Foothill Conservancy led us from the McKenzie Preserve to Sky Harbor. You just never know what you will see on a hike and this one literally delivered newborn calves before our eyes! Where: Millerton Lake State Recreation Area, San Joaquin River Gorge ...

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