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Trails report for the week of 7/20/1011

Delaine Fragnoli
Managing Editor
7/20/2011

The residual effects of our very long and wet winter are still apparent on many local trails. I hiked the mountain-bike loop at Bucks Summit last weekend and encountered a number of snow patches, downed trees and muddy spots. It was all passable on foot, but a trip by bicycle would be another matter.

By the time you read this, the main road through Lassen Volcanic National Park will be open. Park officials expected to open it Saturday, July 16. They also anticipate opening Summit Lake and Juniper Lake campgrounds soon. As of last week, the road to Juniper Lake was still covered with snow.

You can hike the Lassen Peak Trail to Grandview, but there will be no more snow travel on the peak as the park begins the second season of work to rehabilitate the trail. The Kings Creek Falls trail is not accessible because of snow, and the trail to Dream Lake is closed because of a restoration project. The popular Bumpass Hell Trail is open but still has some snow on it.

Hiking in the Manzanita Lake, Warner Valley and Butte Lake areas is reportedly good. Park officials recommend the Cinder Cone volcano trail, which begins along Fantastic Lava Beds and opens up with views of the Painted Dunes, Snag Lake and Lassen Peak.

Before you head out, call 595-4480 or visit nps.gov/lavo for current conditions.

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The California State Parks Foundation reports that AB 42 (Huffman) recently passed unanimously out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee and was scheduled for a hearing last week by the Senate Appropriations Committee. AB 42 provides California State Parks with a broader ability to enter into operating agreements with qualified nonprofits. This may be the only way we can keep Plumas-Eureka State Park operating in the coming years.

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The Yahi Group of the Sierra Club, out of Chico, plans a climb of Mount Conard in Lassen Volcanic National Park next Saturday, July 30. The 7.5-mile round trip will pass Mill Creek Falls and beautiful meadows before a cross-country ridge climb to the summit, at 8,204 feet. Total elevation gain is 1,500 feet. Views from the top include Lassen Peak, Brokeoff Mountain and the surrounding area.

Bring lunch, water and boots with good tread. Contact leader Alan at 891-8789 or ajmendoza@prodigy.net to arrange a meeting point.

The group heads to Little Grass Valley Reservoir, near La Porte, for a car camp Friday – Sunday, Aug. 5 – 7. Activities include day hiking, kayaking, fishing, swimming and mountain biking. Folks are welcome for one or two nights, with campfires planned each night.

Bring camping gear, food, sporting equipment, firewood and money for campsites. Call leaders for carpool and other directions: John Hollister at 872-8258 or Jeanne at 899-9980.

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The Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society will visit Wilson Lake in the Lassen National Forest on an outing Sunday, July 24.

The group will explore the southern slopes of Lassen Peak in Plumas County via gravel county roads and short easy walks to view floral displays and interesting areas in and around Wilson Lake. Expect great views of the North Fork Feather River headwaters.

Pack lunch, water, sturdy shoes, sun/insect protection and money for ride sharing. Call leaders Emilie (894-8057) or Gerry (893-5123) for alternate meeting site.


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