Lassen National Forest’s Almanor Ranger District to host snowshoe walks

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Crisp, sunny winter days are an invitation to play in and enjoy the great outdoors. The Lassen National Forest is pleased to announce upcoming snowshoeing excursions that will allow visitors to do just that. While there’s more than one way to engage in outdoor winter recreation, snowshoeing is one that people of all ages can enjoy.

The Almanor Ranger District will host a series of free snowshoe walks this winter, giving participants the opportunity to observe beautiful mountain landscapes, and to learn about winter survival, winter safety, and trees and wintering animals of the Lassen National Forest. Weather permitting, the first of these walks is scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2012, from 1:00-3:30 p.m.

The walks will be one to two miles long and last up to two hours. They are open to adults and children eight years and older. Walks are geared toward beginners, who will learn outdoor survival skills, as well as what type of snowshoes are best for different levels of activity. Snowshoes are provided at no cost. Programs will be held in a variety of locations throughout the Almanor Ranger District, depending on snow levels.

Those who find the idea of snowshoeing intriguing and wish to try it out should contact Barbara Jackson at the Almanor Ranger District, at 530-258-2141, for more information on this winter’s program and to sign up. Pre-registration is required, and anyone interested in participating in these walks is encouraged to sign up early. The second walk is planned for Friday, February 17, 2012, and additional walks will be announced in March.

Snowshoe walks are also available by special request for school and educational programs. School programs can be geared toward California State Education Standards. Currently, there are plenty of openings for school programs in the Chester area and at Morgan Summit near Mineral.

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