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SNF Announces Kaiser Pass and Florence Lake Road Repairs

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — The Sierra National Forest has announced that road work will begin on Monday, July 11. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of July. The work consists of patching potholes, improving turnouts, and restoring drainage functions on Kaiser Pass Road (see map below) and Florence Lake Road. Short delays are expected, and the public is ...

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California Poison Control Offers Tips About Spider Bites

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — California Poison Control System (CPCS) suggests being on the lookout for spiders which are increasingly active when temperatures rise. With more people doing spring cleaning or starting to hike in the hills, the risk of bites is more likely. Spider bites can result in small puncture wounds, pain, redness, itching and swelling that can last a couple ...

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30th Annual National Trails Day Celebration Coming Soon

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MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES — Millions of people from across the country will hit the trail on June 4, 2022, to celebrate the 30th Annual American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. This year’s celebration is about coming together to leave the trails and the outdoor communities better than they found them. Hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, paddlers, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, ...

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Hiking Through Hersheimer Gap To Vernal Pools With the Sierra Foothill Conservancy

Kaleidoscopic splashes of yellow here, mounds of orange there and then a little later, oceans of purple, sometimes with some red to liven up the wildflower colors as I hiked up new trails with the Sierra Foothill Conservancy. At the top of the Ruth McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve vernal pools were especially beautiful, ringed with white meadowfoam. Where: Sierra Foothill ...

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Yosemite Your Way – With Expert Guidance

OAKHURST – You gaze, mesmerized, at the scene before you:  majestic Half Dome — known as Tis-sa-sak to the first settlers of this valley — crowns Tenaya Canyon leading to the Yosemite high country. El Capitan, sentinel of Yosemite Valley, guards the western edge. The scene is pure majesty, a valley ringed by mountains approaching 10,000 feet in elevation. You ...

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The Week’s Events – Tuesday, August 3 to Monday, August 9

Oakhurst – TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 2021 Coarsegold Stampede Barrel Racing – 7:30 pm Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds 44777 Rodeo Grounds Lane, Coarsegold, CA 93614 View Website Madera County Arts Council & Circle Gallery 10 AM – 6 PM 424 N. Gateway Drive, Madera, CA 93637 Occurs: Every week on Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, until August 27, 2021 View Website WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4, ...

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Local Hiking Trails Featured In Library Presentation

OAKHURST — Local adventurer, author and photographer Tony Krizan has spent more than 30 years hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. On Saturday, May 11, he’ll share his personal experiences hiking along local area trails in a slide show presentation from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Oakhurst Branch Library’s Community Room, 49044 Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. “Hiking has been ...

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Hiking In The Rain To Table Mountain At The McKenzie Preserve

A little rain didn’t damper our enthusiasm as we learned about archeological sites, spotted Sierra Newts, said hello to cows, saw wildflowers galore and experienced an incredible view from on top of Table Mountain while hiking on a docent-led adventure on the Ruth McKenzie Preserve. We didn’t encounter any rattlesnakes, which was just fine with me, but they are out ...

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Preseason Lottery For Half Dome Permits Will Be Delayed

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park officials have announced that the 2019 preseason lottery for Half Dome permits will be delayed “due to a transition to a new contracted provider.” The preseason lottery for the popular hike typically opens on Mar. 1. No date has yet been determined as to when the lottery will open this year. All hikers are required ...

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Minarets Glissaders Club: Climbing Its Way Up

O’NEALS — Minarets High School’s local climbing and outdoor activities club is on the move, having recently returned from Twin Lakes, where students and their faculty advisers hiked Kaiser Peak in the Kaiser Wilderness. With a handful of hiking, climbing and backpacking trips under their belts, the Glissaders Club, as it’s known, is getting ready to plan another big trip ...

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