October-November-December 2010 Toiyabe Trails Newsletter, Toiyabe Sierra ClubDocument Transcript
trails toiyabe OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2010 ELEC TION Issu e environmental news of nevada and the eastern sierra from the toiyabe chapter of the sierra club From the Chair In Memoriam Get out YOUR vote! Billie Jean James by DAVID hORNbECk 1942 - 2010O ne feature of the Sierra Club which has always impressed meis how truly democratic (small “d”) Philanthropist of the Arts & Conservation Activistour Club is. Every member of theClub can vote in the election of the F riends and family are sad to report the passing of Billie Jean James due to a tragic accident in hernational Board of Directors – and youand every one of our more than 5000 home near Las Vegas, NV.Toiyabe Chapter members can vote Billie Jeanto elect the members of your Chapter James was born in Laramie, Wy-and Group Executive Committees. oming on De- For the second year, the annual election cember 2, 1942.ballots will be mailed in November to Billie Jean hasevery member of the Chapter. Mailing numerous friendsthe ballots for the first time last year relatives and ex-resulted in a new high of returned bal- This August, Range of Light Group traveled to Bridgeport Reservoir for a tended familylots: 11.7% (587 ballots). This was about kayak/canoe outing. We paddled, bird watched, and explored for several members that live in Nevada, Utah, Il-a 3.5-fold increase over the previous hours. As this picture shows, the American pond weed was in full bloom and linois, California, Wyoming, and Newyear’s election (when the ballot was in quite stunningly dressed the water surface in bright pink. It was a great trip Mexico. They indicated that “Billie Jeanthe Toiyabe Trails). This increased re- loved life and did not waste time withturn justifies the added cost of mailing. and one that will probably be repeated next year. Photo: Shalle Genevieve. talk. She actually went out and partici- The Chapter Election Committee is pated in the activities that she loved.” RUBY PIPELINE EMBATTLEDably chaired this year by Chapter Vice- A graduate of the University of Wyo-Chair, Jean Stoess. See her article on the ming and UNLV with an MA in English,election schedule on this page. Then, inNovember, you can participate in your ON SEVERAL FRONTS she was a professor at UNLV and at the College of Southern Nevada. She wasClub’s democratic process by carefully by DAVID VON SEGGERN an accomplished poet and was Nevadaconsidering and voting for your fellow Council of the Arts poet in residencemembers who have stepped up to vol-unteer their time and expertise on yourChapter and Group ExComs. What you can do. Your Toiyabe Chap- T he Record of Decision (ROD) for the Ruby Pipeline was signed on July 12 by BLM. This decision gave approval to Ruby Pipeline, LLC, to build its natural gas pipeline on federal lands in the states of during the 1970s. Billie Jean was also a supporter of the Contemporary Dance Theatre, the CSN Dance program, and a number of other arts organizations.ter of the Sierra Club faces many chal- Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and Oregon, along the route approved in Billie Jean loved the earth. A conser-lenges and opportunities in its mission the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). vationist and a naturalist, she plantedto explore, enjoy and protect the wild This decision included several condi- posed to the Nevada part of the route her own nature garden in front of herplaces in Nevada, Eastern California, tions which must be met before Ruby can chosen in the FEIS due to its environ- home. She could identify wildflowers,and Lake Tahoe. You can enjoy the fun commence construction on federal lands. mental and cultural impacts, which were birds, and animals just as easily as if sheand excitement of advancing that mis- These conditions are not expected to be inadequately analyzed in the EIS. had a Ph.D. in those areas. She was ansion of your Club by becoming involved met fully for weeks or perhaps months. The legal and political climate around activist for environmental causes and Please see FROM THE CHAIR, page 2. Meanwhile, Ruby has sought and gained the Ruby pipeline project is complex and was often seen carrying a sign or wear- Federal Energy Regulatory commission changing rapidly, and while this article ing a t-shirt in support of an issue. She (FERC) approval to commence construc- goes to press there will undoubtedly be was a member of several hiking clubs as tion on non-federal lands. new developments changing that climate Please see IN MEMORIAM, page 2. Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter, P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507 Non-Profit Org. Permit No. 356 Reno, Nevada Toiyabe Chapter remains firmly op- U.S. Postage Please see RUBY PIPELINE, page 2. PAID ~ DEADLINES ~ in this issue Club Local Outing Policies . . . . . 3 2010 Toiyabe Chapter & Group Elections Sierra Club CA Fall Desert Trips . . 3 by JEAN StOESS, ExCOm VICE-ChAIR & ElECtION COmmIttEE ChAIR E. Sierra Land Trust News . . . . . . 3 (775-322-5326, JStOESS@AOl.COm) Range of Light Group . . . . . . 4-5 Ruby Pipeline Embattled . . . . . . 6 F or 2010, the Chapter ExCom has set the following dates and deadlines for both Chapter and Group ExCom elections: September 29. Deadline for receipt nomination should contact their respec- Snake Valley Festival . . . . . . . . . . 6 Washoe County Sprawl . . . . . . . 7 by Chapter or Group Nominating Com- tive Group Chair (listed elsewhere in History Made at Walker Lake . . . 7 mittee of names for consideration as Group directories in this edition of the “Quiet Quadrant” Campaign . . . 7 candidates for the Chapter or respective Trails). BLM & Wild Horse Population . . . 7 Group ExCom. Each Nominating Com- October 1. Each Nominating Commit- Chapter Staff Updates . . . . . . . . . . 8 mittee will contact possible candidates, tee reports its slate of willing nominees Great Basin Group . . . . . . . . . 8-9 but any member can submit name(s) to the Chapter or Group ExCom and Hikers’ Etiquette: Trail Rules . . . 10 of any member, including his or her notifies any self-nominee if he or she has S. Nevada Group . . . . . . . . . 10-11 own, for consideration by the Chapter not been selected as a candidate. Black Rock Desert . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 or Group Nominating Committee. October 15. Deadline for receipt at CA State Parks in Danger . . . . .12 Members interested in a Group ExCom Please see ELECTION DEADLINES, page 2.
2 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2010 toiyabe trailsELEctIoN dEadLINEs . . . In Memoriamcontinued from page 1Chapter Post Office Box of any issue winners notified. The exact date, time, continued from page 1petition or any petition by a Chapter and place of ballot counting to be de-member seeking to be placed on the termined by the Chapter ExCom at its well as the Sierra Club. She was also aballot for Chapter ExCom. To qualify October meeting. peace activist.for candidacy by petition, petitions A religious liberal, she took time out tomust be signed by 1.5% (currently 77) renew her soul and spirit. She attendedof Chapter members on the eligible- fRom thE chaIR . . . the Green Valley Methodist Churchvoter list. continued from page 1 and regularly met with several Jungian November 2. Election Committee organizations.orders production of a list of eligible in the many activities of your local Billie Jean will be very much missed byvoters for the elections. Group or Chapter committees. her family, friends, and acquaintances. November 9. Ballots and candidates’ And, finally: this fall, don’t forget — by Norma J. Pricestatements mailed to Toiyabe Chapter to VOTE in the Chapter and Groupmembers on the list of eligible voters. ExCom election, as well as in your No later than December 10. Bal- state election!lots must be received by the Toiyabe RUBY PIPELINE . . .Chapter Election Committee. Ballots continued from page 1received after that date will not be significantly. [In July, Ruby signedcounted. agreements with Oregon Natural Des- December 11 or 12. Ballots counted, ert Association (ONDA) and Western Watersheds Project (WWP) to provide Toiyabe ChapTer DireCTory funding for mitigation and restoration projects desired by these groups, and the total funding could exceed $20 ChAptER ExECUtIvE COmmIttEE OffICERS million. These groups subsequently, as Chair Dave Hornbeck 775-323-6655 part of the deal, withdrew their petitions DavidHornbeckLaw@msn.com for rehearing FERC’s order to go ahead Vice-Chair Jean Stoess 775-322-5326, email@example.com with the project. Secretary Jane Feldman 702-648-0699 Remember that the Toiyabe Chapter, Treasurer Kristine Cunningham 702-285-6832 which also filed a petition for rehear- At Large Eric Blumensaadt 702-566-9429 ing, is still awaiting FERC’s decision At Large Ann Brauer 702-879-3376 on the merit of our petition, fully three At Large Malcolm Clark 760-924-5639 months after filing it. In early August, At Large Charlotte Cox 775-322-7567 the Center for Biological Diversity toiyabe trails At Large Erik Holland 775-322-3582 (CBD) also filed a petition on the basis At Large Glenn Miller 775-786-0462 of new information that has come out Serving nevada GROUp ChAIRS (DELEGAtES tO thE ChAptER ExECUtIvE COmmIttEE) since the FERC order to proceed. CBD & California’S e. Sierra also filed a suit appealing the ROD in Toiyabe Trails is published four times each Great Basin Group Catherine Schmidt 775-323-6316 the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.] Si- year by the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, Range of Light Group Malcolm Clark 760-924-5639 erra Club, among others, is weighing P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507, to help keep S. Nevada Group Kristine Cunningham 702-285-6832 our members well-informed and better able to its legal strategy at this time. A first Tahoe Area Group Roger Rosenberger 775-588-8101 protect the environment—for our families, for foray was the filing of an IBLA (Interior our future. ISSUES, OUtINGS, & COmmIttEES Board of Land Appeals) appeal of the Editor – Lynne Foster (94 Mountain View Campaign Coordinator Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 ROD by the Toiyabe Chapter. Drive, Swall Meadows, Bishop, CA 93514-9207; 760-387-2634; <firstname.lastname@example.org>; fax avail- Chapter Delegate Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 Meanwhile, Toiyabe Chapter is issuing able, call first. Chapter Delegate Graham Stafford email@example.com press releases, planning media events, Assoc. Editor – Kathy Morey (760-938-2050). Conservation Co-Chair Yuki Takagi 702-263-7327 and closely communicating with our Kathy usually does one issue each year. Conservation Co-Chair Dennis Ghiglieri 776-329-6118 partners in opposing the Ruby pipeline Deadlines – Contributions are due by the Elections Chair Erik Holland 775-322-3582 route. Interestingly, the Oregon natural 1st of the month for publication in the following Endangered Species Chair Tina Nappe 775-786-1178 Desert Assoc. (ONDA) and Western month’s issue: December 1 for January-Febru- ary-March; March 1 for April-May-June; June Energy Task Force Chair Joe Johnson 775-348-7192 Watersheds Project (WWP) agreements 1 for July-August-September; September 1 for Environmental Ed. Chair Jean Dillingham 760-648-7109 have evoked the ire of ranching advo- October-November-December. Fundraising Chair Charlotte Cox 775-322-7567 cates who fear that grazing permits are Submissions – Call or e-mail editor before Great Basin Peak Section Sharon Marie Wilcox 775-852-5075 under attack. deadline for late submissions. Submit news, sto- Legislative & Mining Co-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 The media across Nevada and the ry ideas, photos, and letters-to-the-editor to the Legislative & Mining Co-Chair Joe Johnson 775-348-7192 editor (contact info above). Please include your U.S. have picked up the developments, name, phone/fax, e-mail address, and group with Membership Chair Sharon Marie Wilcox 775-852-5075 all contributions. You may send contributions by Outings Chair Eric Blumensaadt 702-566-9429 and there is a lot of internet chatter on e-mail or on a PC-compatible disk (Word, text, Outreach & Public Rel. Chair Launce Rake 702-451-9363 this issue. We expect this huge project, or ascii). Please send hard copy by snail mail Political Co-Chair Taj Ainlay 702-682-9361 which FERC and Ruby Pipeline, LLC, for all submissions on disk. For photo or disk Political Co-Chair Ellen Pillard 775-746-1726 had wished to quietly and rapidly push return, please include a stamped, self-addressed Political Co-Chair Erik Holland 775-322-3582 through, will become an open and con- envelope. The Toiyabe Trails reserves the right to edit all contributions for reasons of space, 775-324-7383, pjs- tentious issue and that the concerns of clarity, slander, or libel. Political Compliance Officer Pete Sferrazza firstname.lastname@example.org the Sierra Club and our partners can still Subscriptions – Toiyabe Trails is free to all Public Lands Chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 be addressed. Toiyabe Chapter members. Subscription cost for Ruby Pipeline Task Force Chair David von Seggern 775-303-8461 What you can do. Contact David non-members is $12 per year. To subscribe, send Sierra Club Council Delegate Jane Feldman 702-648-0699 von Seggern (email@example.com), check for $12, payable to “Toiyabe Chapter,” to Sierra Club Council Delegate Jean Stoess 775-322-5326 Ruby Pipeline Task Force, for further Toiyabe Trails Subscriptions, Sierra Club, Toi- yabe Chapter, c/o Treasurer. Contact Treasurer, Sierra Club Staff, Reno Emily Rhodenbaugh 775-284-8695 information or if you want to help in Kris Cunningham (702-285-6832) for address. Sierra Club W. Reg. Organizer Vinny Spotleson 702-732-7750 this very important Chapter issue. Change of address – Postmaster & Members, Sierra Student Coalition Vinny Spotleson 702-732-7750 please send address changes to Sierra Club, Change Sierra Student Coalition Glenn Miller 775-786-0462 of Address, P. O. Box 52968, Boulder, CO 80322- Sustainable Consumption Chair Phillip Moore 775-224-1877 Deadline! 2968 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Toiyabe Trails Editor Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 Membership information – There is a mem- bership coupon in each issue of Toiyabe Trails. Toiyabe Trails Ed. Comm. Chair Jean Stoess 775-322-5326 You can also call the Chapter Membership Chair Water Chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 Webmaster Wild Lands Chair Dennis Ghiglieri Marge Sill 776-329-6118 775-322-2867 december 1 (see Chapter Directory, this page) or the Sierra Club office in San Francisco (415-977-5663). Other Sierra Club information – Call the Toiyabe Wilderness Chair Marge Sill 775-322-2867 Chapter Chair or Conservation Chair (see Chapter Wildlife Co-chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 for jan-feb-mar issue Directory, this page) or the Sierra Club Information Center in San Francisco (415-977-5653). Also, see Wildlife Co-Chair Tina Nappe 775-786-1178 group pages for website addresses of groups.
toiyabe trails OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2010 3 NOVEmbER 20-21 (SAt-SUN) Fall Desert Trips CARRIZO PLAINS SERVICE & ExPLORATION (CAR CAMP) ESLT News See October 23-24 for details.T he CNRCC Desert Committee’s purpose is to work for protec- Conservation CNRCC Desert Committee tion, preservation, and conservation of California/Nevada desert. DECEmbER 4-5 (SAt-SUN) All Desert Committee activities, unless stated otherwise, are suitable CARRIZO PLAINS FENCE REMOVAL Real Estatefor anyone who enjoys the outdoors. The average car or high clearancevehicle will be adequate for most trips. For a good guide to desert travel we Removing barbed wire fences on Carrizo Plain Nat’l Monument opens it up for Programrecommend the Sierra Club book, Adventuring in the California Desert, pronghorn antelope and other wildlife. Here by SARAh SPANO, EDUCAtION is another chance to destroy fences! Meet COORDINAtOR, AmERICORPS mEmbER,by Lynne Foster. 9a Saturday, Goodwin Visitor Center or EAStERN SIERRA lAND tRUSt For questions about, or to sign up for, a particular outing, please Friday night, Selby campground. Potluckcontact leader listed in write-up. For questions about Desert Com-mittee outings in general, or to receive outings list by e-mail, please dinner, campfire, on Saturday. Bring fence tools if you can, heavy leather work gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, clothing ap- E astern Sierra Land Trust has begun an exciting collaboration with local real estate professionalscontact Kate Allen (email@example.com, 661-944-4056). propriate for weather. Bring everything you and conservation-oriented buyers. need, including water. There are no stores Known as the Eastern Sierra Con- in Carrizo. Resource specialists: Alice & Bob Koch. To sign up, contact leaders: Cal servation Real Estate Program, this initiative aims to connect real estate Sierra Club California/Nevada & Letty French (firstname.lastname@example.org, 805-239-7338). buyers who are interested in land Regional Conservation Committee CNRCC Desert Com/Santa Lucia Chapter preservation in Eastern California and Nevada with properties thatSEPtEmbER 24-26 (FRI-SUN) OCtObER 23-24 (SAt-SUN) DECEmbER 28, 2010 - contain beautiful and importantSERVICE & HIKING CARRIZO PLAINS SERVICE & JANUARy 2, 2011 (tUE-SUN) conservation values. Properties areIN CARRIZO PLAINS ExPLORATION (CAR CAMP) HOLIDAY SERVICE IN CARRIZO PLAIN listed online at <www.eastsidelands.Opportunity to visit and help an outstanding Pronghorn antelope don’t jump fences com/> with links to both the real es-and relatively unknown national monument. to escape predators but attempt to Celebrate end of one year and beginning of crawl under. Saturday, either remove next in one of our new national monuments. tate agent representing the propertyFriday, optional scenic hike high in Caliente or modify several sections of fence to Carrizo Plain, W of Bakersfield, is a vast and Eastern Sierra Land Trust.Mountains. Others may join us for National When a match is made between an give pronghorns more mobility. Sunday, grassland, home to pronghorn antelope,Public Lands Day on Saturday, when we’ll tule elk, kit fox, and wide variety of birds. interested buyer and a suitable property, either hike in Caliente Range or tourwork with other volunteers restoring a popular viewing areas. Leader: Craig Welcome hike on Tuesday, December 28; Eastern Sierra Land Trust works withhistoric homestead in center of Plain. Sun- Deutsche (email@example.com, 3.5 days of service modifying barbed wire the landowner to develop a conservationday, tour several historic, prehistoric, geo- 310-477-6670). fencing; full day for hiking and explor- easement designed to permanently pre-logic sites. Leader: Craig Deutsche (craig. CNRCC Desert Committee ing. Use of accommodations at Goodwin serve the specific resources of the firstname.lastname@example.org, 310-477-6670). Ranch included. Limited to 14; $30 covers This arrangement ensures that the land CNRCC Desert Committee OCtObER 30-31 (SAt-SUN) five dinners. Info: contact leader, Craig GHOST TOWN ExTRAVAGANZA Deutsche (email@example.com, will be preserved for future generationsOCtObER 1-3 (FRI-SUN) 310-477-6670) or co-leader, leader Melinda and potentially provides the buyer with What could be more appropriate thisDEATH VALLEY NAT’L PARK Goodwater (firstname.lastname@example.org, significant federal tax benefits from the Halloween weekend than to visitSERVICE TRIP 408-774-1257). donation of the conservation easement. some ghosts of California’s colorfulWilderness restoration work party in Eastern Sierra Land Trust does not past? Come with us to this spookyButte Valley, a beautiful and remote areaof park in S Panamint Range. Meet Fri- desert landscape near Death Val- Sierra Club Local seek a commission from these real estate transactions, but has developedday afternoon, drive to work site. High ley. Camp at historic ghost town of Ballarat (flush toilets, hot showers). Outings policies this program as a way to further itsclearance vehicle required. May start AS A HIKE LEADER OR HIKER, you’ve conservation mission and assist private Saturday, a challenging hike to thework on Friday if time permits. Saturday, probably occasionally wondered what the landowners in our region. ghost town of Lookout City withworkday followed by a potluck supper. expert Hal Fowler. Hal will regale us Club’s policies are on various subjectsSunday, work half-day; project and lo- with eerie tales of this wild west town. – say, pets, complaints, fundraising on out-cation may change. Bring work gloves, Later, return to camp for Happy Hour ings, transportation, contact info, etc., etc.camping equipment, food and water for and special holiday potluck feast, Well, wonder no more. Go to <http://club-weekend. Leader: Kate Allen (kj.allen@ followed by midnight visit to ghosts house.sierraclub.org/outings/GCO/policy.wildblue.net, 661-944-4056). and goblins in Ballarat’s graveyard. asp> for information on the Club’s policies CNRCC Desert Committee and procedures for local outings. Sunday, a quick visit to infamousOCtObER 9-13 (SAt-WED) Riley townsite before heading home. Please note that “Local Outings” refersDEATH VALLEY DIGITAL Group size strictly limited. Info: to all outings sponsored by local entitiesPHOTOGRAPHY CAR CAMP contact leader, Lygeia Gerard (760- (chapters, groups & sections), with theSee page 9 for details. 868-2179). exception of Inner City Outings. View over historic Swall family orchard CNRCC Wilderness Committee CNRCC Desert Committee – Sierra Club Local Outings and homestead in Swall Meadows, Support Committee north of Bishop, California. mono Basin traditions completion of the study, the Mono Lake Committee organization was conceived preserved around the embers of a campfire on this property. by SERENA DENNIS, ESlt The DeChambeau Creek Conservation In late spring, Mono County landowner Jan Simis Easement, named after DeChambeau permanently preserved 135 acres for future genera- Creek, which runs through the property, tions. Her land, which sits at the very western edge is within the boundaries of Mono Basin of the Mono Basin, has now been preserved with National Forest Scenic Area, and is sur- a conservation easement, a voluntary binding land rounded by public lands. More than 150 protection agreement between the landowner and species of birds have been identified on Eastern Sierra Land Trust (ESLT). the property, as well as mule deer, black Simis’ property has a rich history, with evidence of human bear, mountain lion, coyotes, bobcats, use spanning hundreds of years. It contains portions of the skunk, gray fox, and long-tailed weasel. original Silvester and DeChambeau homesteads from the late Animals use the property and the associ- 1800s, one of which has been maintained and restored. Agri- ated waterway as habitat and a corridor culture also continues,with a small-scale farm and garden. between adjacent public lands and the Interestingly, the property was used as a base camp lake basin below. for the Mono Basin Research Group, while they To learn more about this newly preservedAlong DeChambeau Creek, which drains into Mono Lake, 135 acres were perma- were conducting the original Ecological Study of property, please visit ESLT’s website atnently preserved with a donated conservation easement by landowner Jan Simis. Mono Lake in 1976. Local lore has it that following <www.eslt.org> or call 760-873-4554.
4 OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2010 toiyabe trails Range of Light Calendar ALL ouTings inCLuDe ConservATion eDuCATion ACTiviTies! all phone numbers are 760 unless otherwise noted. CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. Fall - Winter Outings NewsRange of Light Group Summer outings. These conclude September 26. Because this issue is coming out early, the last three September outings are Group News included below. Also included on page 5 are several good photos of recent Group outings. Fall outings. Several Sierra Club Desert Committee Fall outings letter from the Chair are in or near the ROL area. See page 3 of this issue for details. by mAlCOlm ClARk (WmAlCOlm.ClARk@GmAIl.COm) Winter outings. Snow outings begin in January and will beExCom Meetings. We have switched to a quarterly meeting schedule: 2 pm announced in the Jan-Feb-Mar 2011 issue of the Trails.on the first Tuesday of January, April, July, and October. The next meeting September 19 (Sunday) ft gain in first 5 mi. Option for alter-is on October 5. Your ExCom held a very productive planning retreat in Tuolumne Cascades. Lovely day nate 8-mi day hike to Third Lake andJune. (See page 5 for article.) trip along fishermen’s trail with back. South of this lake basin are im- Program Meetings. In June, member project. The Owens dry lake bed master white heather and huckleber- posing Temple Craig, Mt. Sill, NorthSue Barak, updated us on her research planning process group (Mark Bagley is ries along route. Opportunities for Palisade (the latter two both 14,000-ftinto flow patterns and water chemistry at our representative) intends to produce a swimming. Easy hike, 6 mi RT. peaks). North Palisade Glacier S ofBig Springs (Owens River Headwaters). plan by the end of 2010. Bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, Third Lake is nearly 2 mi long andOur summer cookouts for July and August • We continue to participate with other sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. Meet several hundred feet thick. Parkingwere held at Hayden Cabin in Mammoth groups monitoring Los Angeles DWP 8a, ML Union Bank parking lot or limited at road’s end, which is aboutand at Rock Creek Lake. On September solar plans for Owens Valley (they now21, club members and former California speak of renewable energy plans). 8:45, Lee Vining Ranger Station on 10 mi up the canyon. Meet Saturday,state park rangers Janet and David Carle • To the south of the ROLG area, Club Hwy 120. Leaders: Jean Dillingham 8a, ML Union Bank parking lot forwill update us on their project of circling activists are alarmed at the approval (760 648 7109), John Walter (760 drive. Owens Valley hikers meet inthe globe at the 38th parallel. of the Ivanpah Solar Project, despite 934 1767) No dogs. Big Pine by 9a, Hwy 395/Crocker Outings. Last highway cleanup: 8 non-mitigable environmental conse- September 22 (WedneSday) Ave.(Glacier Lodge Road). Beginam, Sept 22 (see details in Outings, quences. Watch for propositions on the Highway Cleanup. This is the final hike around 10a. Day hikers andthis page). Wednesday evening summer November ballot with environmental cleanup of the year. If Crestview campers need raingear, hiking boots,hikes ended on August 25 (many thanks impacts (e.g., Prop. 23). For details, see Rest Area is still closed, meet at 8a warm clothes. Also needed are food,to leader Dick Baggett). Sunday outings <www.sierraclubcalifornia.org>. on E side of intersection of Hwy sunglasses, sunscreen, water purifierswill end on September 26 (see Outings Please see GROUP NEWS, page 5. (or plenty of water for day hikers).for details of last few). Thanks to Sum- 395 and Mammoth Scenic Loop. We usually finish in 2-3 hours. Bring camera if you wish. Those with Holiday Partymer Outings Chair Henning Jensen forexpanded outings in the more northern September 25-26 fishing gear are welcome. Leaders:and southern portions of our area. New (Saturday-Sunday) Monica & Ron Stormo (760 876this year were four Saturday specialinterest outings: birding, wildflowers, & Potluck Big Pine Campout or Day Hike near Third Lake. About 12 mi, 3000 5401), Grethe & Henning Jensen (760 934 7176). Dogs limited.kayaking, and photography. Tuesday Conservation. The Group was in- December 21 You’re Invited!volved in several important and interest- 6:30 pming area issues: • Group members were interviewed Home of John & Nancy Walter Range of Light Group Monthly Meetingduring the “pre-scoping” stage ofthe planned doubling of Mammoth 240 Mammoth Knolls DrivePacific’s geothermal facility. THE WALTERS ONCE AGAIN Everyone welcome! • We are participating in a group seek-ing federal protective designation for graciously invite you to their September 21 (Tues) October 19 (Tues) home for our annual Holiday potluck & Social, 6:30 pm! potluck & Social, 6:30 pm!the Bodie area, and another group isseeking federal protective designation celebration. Join your Sierra Clubfor the Alabama Hills area. friends and enjoy an evening of New Crowley Lake Community Ctr New Crowley Lake Community Ctr (next to Crowley Lake Store) (next to Crowley Lake Store) • A number of Group members are also food, conversation, and cheer.participating in the renewed Friends Please bring your own non-disposable Please bring your own non-disposable Please bring your own non-dis- table setting and a dish for 6-8 people. table setting and a dish for 6-8 people.of the Inyo water quality monitoring posable table setting and a special “Traveling the World “Hendersons’ Habitat: How to range of LighT group dish for 6-8 people. Along the 38th Parallel” Bring in Birds, Beat the Lawn Po- Call the Walters at 760-934- with David and Janet Carle, lice, & Have a great Time Doing it” OFFICERS 1767 for directions or more in- former CA State Park Rangers with Brad Henderson, Environmental Chair Malcolm Clark* 760-924-5639 David and Janet will present photos and Scientist, Calif Dept of Fish & Game Vice Chair Shalle Genevieve* 760-934-9668 formation. stories gathered during their ongoing Secretary Brigitte Berman* 760-924-2140 Brad and Amy’s wildlife-friendly native Conservation Mary K. Prentice* 760-934-0355 world travels along the 38th Parallel in landscape was very popular with the birds, Treasurer Lyle Gaston 760-387-2634 quest of water-related environmental and ROL Group Website At Large Rosemary Jarrett* rosemaryjjar- toads, and bees – but not so appreciated email@example.com cultural connections. To date they have by code enforcement staff in Lawndale. Chapter Del. Jean Dillingham 760-648-7109 driven the USA, Europe, and Turkey – Editor Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 <http://nevada.sierraclub. and in June 2010 visited the demilitarized See how they built their habitat garden and Hway Cleanup John Walter 760-934-1767 org/rolgroup/> prevailed over the Lawn Police. Hospitality Wilma Wheeler 760-934-3764 zone in Korea! And much more . . . . & LORP Mark Bagley 760-873-5326 Membership Shalle Genevieve* 760-934-9668 Winter Outings John Walter 760-934-1767 November 16 (Tues) ROL Group E-mail Summer Outgs Henning Jensen* 760-934-7176 Outings Asst. Dick Baggett 760-924-5749 See above for time, place, & what to bring. Programs Claus Engelhardt 760-872-4596 Publicity Webmaster Rosemary Jarrett* see At Large, above Jo Bacon Webmaster Emeritus Owen Maloy firstname.lastname@example.org 760-934-9511 <RangeofLight.email@example.com> “Bats of the eastern sierra” with Dr. Patricia Brown-Berry, research biologist, environmental consultant, * Voting ExCom member & bat researcher for 40 years. Please see YOU’RE INVITED, page 5.
toiyabe trails OCTOBER-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2010 5 ROL Group News ROL Summer Scrapbook continued from page 4Group ExCom Who is running formeetings Range of Light Groupby mAlCOlm ClARk Executive Committee?PLEASE NOTE that we have changed by mARy k. PRENtICEour meeting schedule will now meet THE GROUP NOMINATING Com-at 2 pm on the first Tuesday of each mittee announces the followingquarter (January, April, July, Octo- nominees for the ROL Excom:ber). The next meeting is at 2 pm, Malcolm ClarkOctober 5, at Malcolm Clark’s home(637 John Muir, Mammoth Lakes). Mauriça Anderson All Sierra Club members are wel- Jean Dillinghamcome. To confirm date, place, and Questions? Contact any of thetime, contact the Chair, Malcolm NomCom members: Wilma Wheel-Clark (760-924-5639, wmalcolm. er, Rosemary Jarrett, or Mary K.firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have Prentice. (See ROL Group Direc-an item requiring group ExCom tory, this page, for contact numbers.) Although final congressional approval is still to come, observant visitors toapproval, please note our meeting Minaret Vista in mid-July would have noted a newly identified mountain in Also see article on Page 1 for the the view scope: mt. andrea Lawrence. ROLG submitted a letter earlierschedule and plan accordingly. 2010 Chapter and Group election in the year supporting the naming of a Sierra peak after Winter Olympic Additional meetings by phone, e- schedule. icon and Eastern Sierra environmental activist, andrea mead Lawrence.mail, or in person may be called whennecessary (e.g., to meet deadlines for The peak is near Tioga Pass entrance to Yosemite National Park. (Photo: Malcolm Clark)commenting on CEQA, etc. docu- YoU’RE INvItEd! . . .ments). If you have an item concern- continued from page 4 Range of Light membersing conservation, outings, or other enjoy June cookout atactivities or programs, please contact Dr. Brown-Berry will Hayden Cabin in Mammoththe relevant group officer who will speak about the history Lakes. (Photo: Malcolmmake a recommendation to the Ex- of our native bats. Also, Clark)Com for action (if appropriate). she’ll discuss potential impacts to bat populations in the West Deadline! by developments such as wind energy and mine closures, and the White december 1 Nose Syndrome that is devastating for jan-feb-mar issue bat populations in the eastern USA.Eastern Sierra Land Trust coming events Jean Dillingham identifies plants forby SARAh SPANO, EDUCAtION COORDINAtOR ROLG members on July wildflower hike down to Devil’s PostpileAT PRESS TIME, ESLT is in the midst ing basic use, a cross-country geography National Monument. (Photo:of finalizing fall events – stay tuned at walk, and a discussion of applications Malcolm Clark)www.eslt.org for specific dates, or e- and uses. Please bring your own GPSmail email@example.com. In the meantime, unit. Drinks and snacks provided.read about what is being planned. tba Sometime in late fall September 25 2nd Stargazing Party of the Year.Great Sierra River Cleanup. Eastern Star expert Dave Hardin will lead thisSierra Land Trust is proud to be part of event, pointing out star constellationsthe larger Great Sierra River Cleanup and a giving us a closeup look at theand Coastal Cleanup Day 2010. Come crescent moon. His enthusiastic andjoin the efforts to clean up our precious learned demeanor helps participantswater system! Every piece of trash understand our sky. While observingeventually ends up downstream, so help amazing views of the night sky, enjoy ROLG Members on Deerclean a waterway that leads into the an evening on lands in the Wheeler Lakes Hike. (Photo: Lloydrecreational areas we all enjoy – from Ridge Migration Corridor that have Stevens)the Owens River to the Pacific Ocean. been permanently protected by an ESLTFor more detailed information, please conservation easement. Drinks andcontact Sarah Spano (firstname.lastname@example.org, snacks provided.760-873-4554). tba near thankSgivingtba before the leaveS turn! Volunteer Training & AppreciationWorkshop: Preparing for Fall Foliage Potluck. ESLT will be hosting thisPhotography. In anticipation of another event around Thanksgiving, recogniz-awesome autumn, we’re hosting this short ing the crucial work undertaken byworkshop with founding ESLT board ESLT volunteers in the office and out ROL kayakersmember, Rick Kattelmann. Rick will on the land. Staff members will be enjoy Crowley Lakelead the discussion and offer ideas about unveiling several enhancement and after floating downphotographing the colors of autumn. monitoring projects, highlighting ways the Owens River (Photo: Malcolm tba Sometime in late fall in which volunteers can stay active Clark)Workshop: The World of GPS. Back in the ESLT community. Come to theby popular demand, we’re hosting our potluck if you’ve volunteered before,second GPS Field Workshop of the or are interested in learning more. Bringseason. Join ESLT’s Lands Program Co- your favorite Thanksgiving dish alongordinator for a day learning the basics of to share.Global Positioning System (GPS) includ- Please see ESLT NEWS, page 3.
8 october - november - december Toiyabe Trails GB Energy Committee Toiyabe Chapter to meet again Staff updates By jeff hardcasTle Vinny spotleson WITh The coMInG oF FaLL, the Great Vinny, a staff member Basin Group’s energy committee will in the Southern nevada be starting to meet again. If you are office, has moved into an energy expert or just someone who a position on the Sierra wants to do more to promote and imple- club’s “Beyond coal” ment sound energy policy and practices campaign in Las Ve- at the local level or beyond, please come gas. he currently works on cleaning upGreat Basin Group and help to shape our program for the nevada’s electricity portfolio to get our rest of 2010 and for 2011. state off coal while promoting energy Questions? Please contact Jeff hard- efficiency and environmentally sound, labor-conscious generation of wind, Group News castle (775-746-2443, jeff.hardcastle@ sbcglobal.net). Meeting notices will solar, and geothermal resources. also be posted on the Group’s website. Vinny will continue to spend half his on the Trail with the Great Basin Peak section time in the Sierra club’s Federal and International climate campaign. he is By sharon Marie Wilcox “Hands Across the Sands” working towards federal climate legisla- The GreaT BaSIn Peak SecTIon craters high point, crater Mountain. event for Gulf oil disaster tion and defending the ePa’s authorityis gradually spreading the word about The DPS has been very supportive in to regulate greenhouse gases before the By kris cunninGhaMour new group, hiking peaks, and build- helping to promote our peak section. They world meets in cancun this novembering membership. Dennis, our webmas- have included an article on GBPS and The Southern nevada Group partici- pated in the worldwide “hands across to discuss global warming.ter, has created a membership page and listed some of our peak outings in theiris working on a format to post trip newsletter, The Desert Sage. the Sands” event on June 26. our event emily rhodenbaughreports and pictures. Peaks! In august, the GBPS was held at harrah’s rio resort in Las a Sierra club staff member List completion cel- did a Pah rah Peak ramble Vegas. We had 85 participants, three TV in reno and lead orga-ebration! During July, summiting Virginia and Pah stations and the Reno Journal present nizer of the successful “noGBPS members joined rah Peaks while enjoying a for our event. Blackstone” campaign,the Desert Peak Section herd of antelope, colorful all participants held hands by our emily has left the Sierra(http://angeles.sierra- wildflower displays, and a “beach” and each gave a heartfelt sen- club staff to attend lawclub.org/dps/) for their birds-eye view of Pyramid tence on how the disastrous oil spill in school in oregon.summer list completion Lake. the Gulf affected them. We also had a emily’s long list of achievementscelebration trip on Mt. other list peaks that GBPS tabling event for petition writing, pro- include efforts to stop three new coal-Patterson, the high point in members have summited this testing offshore drilling, resources for fired power plants from being built inthe Sweetwater Mountains. summer include: Mt. Davidson, anyone to give support, vegan food, nevada (Mesquite), new Mexico, and Three members had completed the Snow Valley Peak, Stateline Peak, Mt. and public transportation (Dept. of Pennsylvania. emily continues to assistDPS list including a first, second, and Siegel, Galena, oreana, Mt rose, Jobs Transportation). our group collected the Sierra club’s “Beyond coal” cam-third list completion. The list finishers Peak, and east Peak. over 100 bottles of Dawn detergent and paign as a volunteer. She can be reachedwere acknowledged in style on the sum- Join us! For details on membership, Please see HANDS ACROSS THE SANDS, page 9. at email@example.com with champagne and snacks. recognition categories, and peak list, The weekend then continued with a cam- check out the Great Basin Peak Section at <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org/GB-pout and potluck near Mono Mills. The nextmorning concluded with a hike to the Mono PeaksSection.html>. Deck the Halls (& Hills!) Saturday, December 4, 2010 GBG “Second Thursday” Monthly Programs By caThy schMidT Mark your caLenDarS and plan By GrahaM sTafford, ProGraM chair take home at the end of the night. TheneW LocaTIon. Girl Scouts of proposed wilderness in nevada. to attend the Great Basin Group’s an- club will provide soft beverages andSierra nevada, 605 Washington nual holiday Party to be held Saturday, water. ByoB if desired. OctOber 14 (thurSday)St., reno, nV 89503 (next to 80 on December 4th. Patagonia has graciously Directions. To reach Patagonia from Local Candidate Forum. erik holland agreed to host the evening, which be-Washington St., with ample lighted the I-80 westbound, take the West Mc- will facilitate a panel of local candidates gins at 6:30 pm with an always deliciousparking). Time. all programs start at carran exit and turn left on Mccarran. for the upcoming november election. a potluck dinner. Make a right on West 4th Street and7:30 pm. Social time, 7 - 7:30 pm. list of questions for the candidates is be- a slide show, awards, music and danc- travel 2 miles. Turn left on Woodland September 10 (thurSday) ing put together. also, there will be time ing will round out the evening, conclud- Street, cross the railroad tracks, andFriends of Nevada Wilderness. Bri- for the audience to question the candi- ing at 9:30 pm. along with your dancing continue to the Patagonia parking lotan Beffort, associate Director of dates. This is an important program to shoes, bring a dish to share. We also ask entrance just before the bridge on theFriends of nevada Wilderness, will attend. Find out how these candidates that in order to keep our impact minima, left. Please try to car pool if possible!give a multi-media presentation on stand on your favorite issues. please bring a place setting and glass to Questions? If you have questions,some of the great conservation op- NOvember 11 (thurSday) please call or email cathy Schmidt (cathSch256@aol.com) at 323-6316.portunities and accomplishments Friends of the Black Rock/High Rock. Matthew “Metric” ebert, ex- You’re invited to our GBGFriends is enjoying this year in theSilver State. Don’t miss the beauti- ecutive Director of the Friends of the Executive Committee Meetingsful slide show of the wilderness and Black rock/high rock, will give a pre- By caTherine schMidT sentation on early emigrant history of Don’t forget IF you’Ve eVer Been curIouS about Great Basin Group excom the Black rock Desert. he’ll describe to visit the what goes on at an excom meeting orWe meet on the first Monday of the month. John c. Fremont’s 2nd expedition past perhaps you want to get more involved inInfo: David von Seggern 775-303-8461. the Black rock and Great Boiling the local Sierra club, please join us this fall. Great Basin Group Spring in 1843/1844, using some of Great Basin Group his diary entries. he’ll then explain We usually meet on the first Monday of the website month to go over our Group budget, plan why Levi Scott and Jesse applegate <http://nevada.sierraclub.org/ officers Chair Catherine Schmidt+ 775-240-3785 forged the Southern road to oregon. upcoming events and discuss local issues. gbgroup> Vice-Chair Holly Coughlin* 775-331-7488 Secretary Treasurer Julie Woodard* Martin Mace+ 775-240-3785 775-745-4703 In addition, you’ll find out how the our next meetings are scheduled for discovery of gold brought thousands Mondays October 4th, November 1st & the Conservation David von Seggern* 775-303-8461 Distribution Open Energy Jeff Hardcastle 775-313-8442 of emigrants through Lassen’s cutoff and November 29th. Meetings begin at Membership Outings Julie Woodard* Holly Coughlin* 775-240-3785 775-331-7488 – and hear diary entries from various 6:30 pm and typically run until 8 pm. Chapter website emigrants. Finally, you’ll hear about Meeting location. Please call or e-mail <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> Political Open Programs Graham Stafford+ 775-686-8478 Webmaster Peter Johnson 775-826-1901 the events leading up to the Pyramid cathy Schmidt (cathSch256@aol.com) ExCom members: *, 2009-10; +, 2010-11 Lake Paiute Battles in 1860. at 240-3785 for meeting location.
Toiyabe Trails october - november - december 2010 9 OctOber 1-3 rock formations, lunch at natural arch, explore (Friday-SuNday) tba Great Basin Group slot canyon on way out. about 13 mi on in-and- Calendar out, mostly on jeep road, under 800 ft gain. nD.Black Rock Hot Springs Tour. Meet Friday eve- Leader: T a Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.ning, head up to Black rock Desert for easy carcamp. exact route depends on playa conditions. NOvember 6 - OctOber 16Probably check out location of Burning Man on (Saturday) 9away. Learn about Black rock Desert. Fall means Relay Ridge Summit. after 0.5 mi of trail, joincooler temps, fewer people. high clearance ve- all phone numbers are 775 unless otherwise noted. old service road, reaching frog pond (frozenhicles, 4WD not required. Sign up after 9/15. DL. over?) within 1 hr. road then rises rapidly, go-Leader: David Book (775-843-6443). easy. aLL events include conservation education activities. ing up 1000 ft within 1.5 hr. The vista is worth OctOber 2 (Saturday) 9a CST Nevada Tour Operator – Registration Information, Nevada Tour Operator it as we top-over for unlimited vistas at 10,000 Ref. No. 2008-0041 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travelMount Rose Summit. hike on northbound does not constitute approval by the State of California. ft. From here follow famous Tahoe rim TrailTahoe rim Trail. See nice waterfall within an upward and S for 0.5 mi to reach summit, withhour. Take spur trail (another 1.5 hr or so) rising added vista of Lake Tahoe. We should know Mountains: Galena Peak, Mt. Siegel, oreana Learn some history of area. State Parkwalk-in whether we need snowshoes 2-4 days prior to700 ft up steep ravine, then turns r and goes up Peak. all are on Great Basin Peak Group list and fee: $1/person. option to tour remains of Fortanother 1100 ft to top of Mt. rose. Way below hike. Dok. Leader: Gary P hanneman (775-336- toward far end of range. Part of hike is off-trail churchill on your own after hike. nD. Leader: 7698, firstname.lastname@example.org). co-Leader:will be various meadows, lower mountains, sev- with boulder scrambling. high clearance 4WD T a Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.eral lakes, including Tahoe. Dok. Leader: Gary Vesna koracin (775-324-4092). Moderate. vehicles necessary, or ride share. yes, there may be some nevada Pin OctOber 24 (SuNday) 9a NOvember 11 (thurSday) 8a Duane Bliss Peak (8658 ft). Bag this medium- Striping hazard to vehicles. Great Lahontan Reservoir Veteran’s Day Hike. sized peak, off beaten path, overlooking carson Lahontan reservoir near Silver Springs. Bring views. nD. Leader: T a Taro (775- city. hike S from Spooner Summit along TrT your u.S. Flag. hike along shoreline. enjoy 530-2935). Mod. Strenuous. for approach. Final mile is 900 ft ascent x-c over silence, stark beauty of area. about 5 mi total on OctOber 16 (Saturday) granitic terrain. Great vistas, lots of trees. about in-&-out hike along beach. View tufa formations. 8 mi rT, 1500 ft gain. DL. Leader: ridge Walker optional extension after lunch to scale ridges. 8a (853-8055, email@example.com). co-Leader: Lucrecia Molybdenite Creek Canyon. Past Learn some cadence without going through Belancio (851-9279). Moderate. rigors of Boot camp! nD. Leader: T a Taro Sonora Pass Junction of hway 395 S, this hike has 2-hr drive time to OctOber 30 (Saturday) 9a (775-530-2935). easy. trailhead from reno. enjoy mod. Dayton to Silver City. Visit rock Point Mill NOvember 20 (Saturday) 10a strenuous hike (due to distance) near site, then head out to find support sites for aerial Hidden Valley Loop Day Hike. This is a very creek, large juniper trees, to wide buckets that brought ore to mill from Silver city. special day for me and I would like to spend it open canyon with numerous aspen next, follow old wagon road up to outskirts of doing what I love most, hiking on one of my trees, mountain views. about 9 mi Silver city to lovely spot under pinyon pines for favorite trails. This is a tough, short hike with rT with gradual gain. Trip limit 12. lunch. option to break off with T a for strenu- about 1200 ft of gain, over half of it in first mile,. Dok. Leader: Julie Woodard (775- ous climb up to ridge line, then return to cars. about 6 mi rT, but vistas at top both W and e are 530-1566, summitatempter@yahoo. otherwise, 6 mi rT, 800 ft gain. nD. Leader: terrific. I will not do this at quite my conditioning com). co-Leader: Donna Inversin Donna Inversin (775-315-6763, d_inversin@ hike pace. enjoy lunch along crest of mountain. (775-315-6763, d_inversin@yahoo. yahoo.com). co-Leader: T a Taro (775-530- Dok. Leader: holly coughlin (331-7488). co-Mt. Elwell day hike group, July 31. Holly and Bill com). Mod. Strenuous. 2935). Mod. easy. Leader: Mike Sullens (331-7488). Moderate.were the leaders. Photo: Holly Coughlin. NOvember 6 - OctOber 16 OctOber 16 NOvember 20 (Saturday) 8a (Saturday) 8a (Saturday) 9a Mt. Davidson Overlooking Virginia City.P hanneman (775-336-7698, gphanneman@ First in series of highest peaks in local mountain Spooner Summit - Marlette Lake on TRT. Relay Ridge Summit. after 0.5 mi of trail,charter.net). co-Leader: Vesna koracin (775- ranges: Mt. Davidson, 7664 ft, in Virginia range First, hike n about 4 mi on Tahoe rim Trail, ris- join old service road, reaching frog pond324-4092). Mod. Strenuous. overlooking Virginia city. about 7 mi loop, ing 1500 ft through forests e of Lake Tahoe. after (frozen over?) within 1 hr. There, road rises OctOber 6 (WedNeSday) 5:30p breaking clear of trees, rapidly, going up 1000 1000 ft gain. Parts off-trail, steep, with brush.Evening Conditioning Hike. Short, brisk hike hike another 2 mi ft in 1.5 hr. Vista is See section of a wooden flume which broughtinto what remains of waning twilight in reno- along mountainside worth it, unlimited water to Vc around 1870. Learn some historySparks foothills. about 1-2 mi rT, 500 ft gain. granite trail with fab- at 10,000 ft. From of area. nD. Leader: T a Taro (775-530-2935).expect to see wildlife, fall colors. DL. Leader:ridge Walker (473-1445, firstname.lastname@example.org). co- ulous panoramas of Tahoe. Lunch break It’s not just here, follow famous Tahoe rim Trail up- Mod. Strenuous. NOvember 21 (SuNday) 9aLeader: Lucrecia Belancio (473-1445). easy. at viewpoint high ward, S for 0.5 mi, OctOber 9-13 above Marlette Lake a good basin, to reach summit and added vista of Lake Ash Canyon. a surprising hike right in carson city. Park on W side of town, access V&T rail- before returning. to-Trail, head W up into hills. Then, round hill, (Saturday-WedNeSday)Death Valley digital photography & explora- Dok. Leader: Gary P hanneman (775-336- it’s a Tahoe. Possible need for snowshoes. Will meet up with ash canyon jeep road. Shortly, leave that to drop into hidden canyon to hiketion. Join retired photographer Graham Stafford 7698, gphanneman@ know 2-4 days before along year round stream before returning to cars.on digital photographic, exploratory journeyinto Death Valley. Visit eureka, Mesquite, c h a r t e r. n e t ) . c o - Leader: Lucrecia GREAT BASIN! hike. Dok. Leader: Gary P hanneman about 6 mi rT. nD. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763, email@example.com). co-Ibex Dunes, Dante’s View, race Track. high Belancio (775-851- (775-336-7698, Leader: Julie Woodard (775-530-1566, Julieclearance 4WD encouraged, but 2WD vehicles 9279). Mod. Strenu- gphanneman@char- Woodard ). Mod. easy.with good tires ok. all levels of photographers ous. ter.net). co-Leader:accepted. Beginners encouraged. Graham Vesna koracin (775- Please see GB CALENDAR, page 11.will cover basic and advanced areas of digital OctOber 17 (SuNday) 8:30a 324-4092). Moderate.photography, with individual attention to all. Kumiva Peak Day Hike. out toward Gerlach, to peak that “peaked” our interest. expect over NOvember 3 (WedNeSday) 5:30pView his work at <www.grahamstafford.com>. Ultimate Evening Conditioning Hike. Short butnD. Leader: Graham Stafford (775-686-8478, 3000 ft gain, 7 mi rT. kumiva Peak is Great Basin Peaks Section outing. Must be well brisk hike into what remains of waning twilight firstname.lastname@example.org). easy. reno-Sparks foothills. about 1-2 mi, 500 ft gain. conditioned. DL. Leader: holly coughlin (331- OctOber 9 (Saturday) 8a 7488). co-Leader: John Ide (321-525-2050). expect to see wildlife, fall colors. DL. Leader:Pine Nut Peaks. The Little Three – three peaks Mod. Strenuous. ridge Walker (473-1445, email@example.com). easy.in mid-9000-ft range in one day in Pine nut OctOber 20 (WedNeSday) 5:30p NOvember 6 (Saturday) 8a Sierra Club 2011 Calendars Penultimate Evening Conditioning Hike. El Dorado Canyon Near Dayton. Last day of Short but brisk hike into what remains of wan- Daylight Savings Time. hike in el Dorado canyonhanDs across the ing twilight in reno-Sparks foothills. about 1-2 near Dayton along riparian habitat with fall leaves,sanDs . . . mi rT, 500 ft gain. expect to see wildlife, fall if lucky. Many crossings of small stream. Varied colors. DL. Leader:continued from page 8 ridge Walker (473-two barrels of towels as well that we are 1445, firstname.lastname@example.org).bringing to the Gulf in a few weeks. easy. Through this event, another team has OctOber 23scheduled a tripto Biloxi, MS, on Sep- (Saturday) 8atember 13-18 to help with their clean Autumn Leavesup. We are in the process of fundraising Along Lower Car- son River. hike tofor our event. our goal is to “aDoPT Buckland Station Sa Beach For a Week,” by assisting of Silver Springs.the wildlife, monitoring how the oil is almost 10-mi-loopaffecting their beaches, documenting hike on flat ground.and photographing, and donating funds Start at historic Buck- Our Great Basin Group will beto the animal shelters. land Station, proceed selling calendars at the monthly downstream along What you can do. If anyone is inter- carson river, enjoy- program meetings. They makeested in participating, please give kris ing riparian habitat, We had a fabulous weekend of hiking both Mt. Elwell and the great holiday gifts!cunningham or Vinny Spotleson a call fall leaves. return Sierra Buttes, along with a great dinner on Saturday evening on segment of Pony Buy from us and supportor e-mail. (See Group Directory on page express Trail route. at the campsite in the Lakes Basin on July 31. Leaders were8 for numbers/e-mails.) Holly, Gail, and Bill. Photo: Holly Coughlin. local conservation work!
10 october - november - december Toiyabe Trails Southern Nevada GroupThe CalendarMojave All phone numbers are 702 unless otherwise noted.Monitor (Please use email when leaders state that they prefer email, especially if you have a long distance telephone number.) ALL evenTS incLuDe conSeRvATion eDucATion AcTiviTieS Nevada Tour Operator – Registration Information, Nevada Tour Operator Ref. No. 2008-0041.Southern Nevada Group OctOber 2 (Saturday) he shares the best of what ancient cultures and Cathedral Rock, Kyle Canyon, SMNRA. Fam- modern sciences offer us in evolving how we live ily hike: all ages (babies, too!). Friendly dogs together – in harmony with modernity and our Group News welcome. cool fall temperatures, autumn colors (golden aspen trees), awesome view of canyon, natural earth! all members and general public welcome. refreshments, announcements, free surrounding mountains at top of “rock.” Learn a literature, too. Info: eric king (677-4751). little geology, too. about 2.8 mi rT. 1000 ft gain. OctOber 16 (Saturday) Monthly meetings Leader: Gary Beckman (648-2983). Level 2. Pinto Valley, LMNRA. Valley has remote feelMARK YOUR CALENDARS for Location: Sierra club office, 732 S. 6th OctOber 3 (SuNday) as soon you leave n. Shore rd behind. May seethe second Wednesday of every month desert bighorn sheep, petroglyphs. Leader: Bill St. (at Gass ave.), Suite 200B (upstairs), Around Potato Knoll to Oak Creek, RRCNCA. Marr (433-0743) Level 3-4.(except august or when the first Mon- about 4 mi, 500 ft gain, tramping old road into Las Vegas. all members welcome.day is a holiday) for the MONTHLy Info: kristine cunningham (285-6832). riparian area, up into streambed, then back by OctOber 17 (SuNday) other side of knoll past cholla garden. Leader: Fall Color at Big Falls, Kyle Canyon. about 4GENERAL MEETiNG at 7:30 pm. DATES: Mondays – October 4, No- Jack Sawyer (228-3857) Level 2-3. mi, 1000 ft gain, rock scrambling amid avalanchecome socialize, learn what’s going on debris in streambed. What chemical in leaves vember 1, December 6. OctOber 4 (mONday)in the environmental community, and ORiENTATiON FOR NEW & SN Group ExCom Meeting. Sierra club office, is yellow? Leader: Jack Sawyer (228-3857)hear and see an interesting, educational PROSPECTiVE MEMBERS. Join Las Vegas, 6-9p. all members invited. chapter Level 2-3.slideshow program. See the Calendar us on Wednesday, november 10, 6-7 officers, committee chairs, executive committee OctOber 23 (Saturday) members discuss, vote on our SnG business. Natural Arches at Sunrise Mountain. about 5(pages 10-11) for dates and details. pm, just before the monthly pro- OctOber 9 (Saturday) mi loop, 800 ft gain, rock scrambling, ridge walk- GROUP ExCOM MEETiNGS. gram meeting (in the same room). ing. Were these arches formed by wind or water?usually held on the first Monday of Raven’s Balcony – N. Bowl of Fire, LMnra. one all members, friends, and guests of best hikes in n Bowl of Fire. along these 3.3 mi, Leader: roger olsen (526-2181) Level 2-3.each month 6 - 8:30 pm (except august are welcome. rSVP to Taj ainlay see “ant eater rock,” pass under “Darth Vader,” OctOber 24 (SuNday)or the if the first Monday is a holiday). (email@example.com). then hike on to “raven’s Balcony,” with an awesome Mummy Springs & Rain Tree. about 6 mi, overlook of Lake Mead. after lunch, go through 1600 ft gain. Start from beginning of n. Loop “rabbits hole,” cross “Little Grand canyon,” then on Deer creek rd. how many biozones can you“hIKers’ etIQUette” stop at 15,000-year-old camel and bird tracks. Leader: George McDonald (808-3855). Level 3-4. see from higher trail viewpoints? Leader: Jack Sawyer (228-3857) Level 3-4. rules of the trail OctOber 10 (SuNday) OctOber 30 (Saturday) By eric BluMensaadT Pine Creek. The n. Fork of Main Fork requires Bowl of Fire Exploratory, LMNRA. Take a usual rock scrambling of canyons in red rock. look at n end, a landscape of rich sandstoneM Some water will be flowing here and there in ost of us in the Sierra club have been on many outings of some type canyon bottom. Why is it so cool in this canyon colors in weathered shapes, including Indian marbles. how do they form? Leader: Bill Marr – hiking, backpacking, skiing, climbing, snowshoeing, boating, etc. compared to where we start hike? about 6 mi. (433-0743) Level 3-4.Most of us think we know the way to conduct ourselves on these outings Leader: David hardy (email preferred: hardyhik- OctOber 30 (Saturday) firstname.lastname@example.org or 875-4549) Level 3.– or Do we? Fossil Ridge: Great Beginners’ Hike. easy Probably most of us too have, over must know. OctOber 13 (WedNeSday) 3-mi rT hike with great view of red rock General Program Meeting. Time & Place: escarpent. Why is Fossil ridge gray, not asthe years, seen some behavior on the 4. Try to stay together in a car caravan. 7:30 pm; nV energy Bldg., 6226 W. Sahara (e. colorful as sandstone across road? What desertpart of outings participants that raised a one or more vehicles could have me- entrance, Wengert meeting room). Program: is red rock canyon in? hike up Fossil ridge,few eyebrows. With that in mind it may chanical problems and need your help. “Permaculture Basics here in Las Vegas!” down Fossil canyon. Leader: George McDonald 5. When on the trail STAy WiTH Learn how to protect our environment while (808-3855) Level 1-2.be helpful to review some basic “Trail creating a truly eco-sustainable and ‘permanentEtiquette.” THE GROUP ! The hike/backpack culture’ from the ground up, and at the commu- OctOber 31 (SuNday) 1. Show up at the designated meet- leader will appoint a “sweep” person nity level, right here in our home! Peter Frigeri is Frenchman Mountain. Strenuous, 1900 ft gain,ing place on time. Better yet, come 15 who must not let any participant lag owner of Gaia Flowers Gifts, & art, and orga- 1.5 mi loop. Incredible city and desert views from nizer of Southern nevada Permaculture Meetup. top. Leader: roger olsen (526-2181) Level 3-4.minutes early to sign waivers, arrange behind them. neVer go ahead of the he will show us some some beautiful photos, as NOvember 6 (Saturday)car pools, etc. leader unless directed to do so by the leader. This point is essential. The group Arrow Canyon Exploratory. Little-visited area 2. Be sure you bring the “10 eS- with petroglyphs, slot canyons. how best can petro-SenTIaLS,” including clothing for the must stay together for many reasons,worst weather that could possibly hap- all having to do with safety. any par- Fred Treat memorial glyphs be preserved for delight of future genera- tions? Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743) Level 3-4.pen that day at the location where you ticipants leaving the group must then By Gary BeckMan NOvember 6 (Saturday)plan to hike consider themselves on their own and White Rock Loop. enjoyable 6-mi hike around The MeMorIaL TILe for Fred Treat, 3. Listen closely to the leader’s talk no longer part of the group. If you have White rock Mountain. a must for all levels of our former chairman of the Southern ne- hikers. Great way to exercise and features breath-at the trailhead or meeting place. It will paid a fee to a park authority and the vada Group, who passed away on January taking views. have lunch overlooking valley.likely have essential information you group is signed in with that authority 13, 2009, was recently installed on the Leave cars at White rock Spring to make hike you are very likely breaking the law if about 5 mi, not 6 mi. Leader: George McDonald Dedication Walkway near the new visi- southern nevada Group you separate from the group and fines (808-3855) Level 2. tor center at red rock canyon national could be levied against you for not being NOvember 10 (WedNeSday) officers conservation area. Thanks to all those with the permitted group. General Program Meeting. Time & Place: Chair Kristine Cunningham* 702-285-6832 who contributed to the memorial fund. Vice-Chair Par Rasmusson* 702-215-9119 6. Group leader decisions are made 7:30 pm; nV energy Bldg., 6226 W. Sahara (e. Secretary Par Rasmusson* 702-215-9119 first and always with safety in mind. entrance, Wengert meeting room). Program: Treasurer Taj Ainlay* 702-682-9361 “Get to know our native Plants & know Better At Large Scott Stevens* 702-561-1701 Please, no matter how disgruntled you unusual fatigue, illness, hypo- or hyper- Compliance Open Conservation Jane Feldman email@example.com are, follow the leader’s decision. This thermia, injuries, etc. and again, bring Please see SN CALENDAR, page 11. Cool Cities Editor Open Yuki Takagi yuki.takagi@ does not mean you cannot present your it to the leader’s attention. toiyabe.sierraclub.org objections to the leader, but once the 9. report to the leader immediately Hwy Cleanup Sandee Herlands-Gogatz 702-248-4443 Membership Matt Van Note* 702-348-5473 decision is made it must be followed any abusive behavior by a participant. Outings Jack Sawyer Parks, Refuges Yuki Takagi 702-228-3857 yuki.takagi@ for the good of the group. 10. remember to thank your leader at Don’t forget toiyabe.sierraclub.org 7. assist any people having problems the end of the trip. Political Taj Ainlay* 702-682-9361 Programs Eric King 702-677-4751 and bring any serious problems to the Following these steps will help ensure to visit the Publicity Desiree Saporito 702-875-2668 leader’s attention if you feel it is neces- that everyone has a safe and enjoyable Chapter website Social Matt Van Note* 702-348-5473 Webmaster Par Rasmusson* 702-215-9119 sary. This could be anything from donat- trip. not following them could lead to ing items of clothing to food or water if real problems. now get out there and <http://toiyabe.sierraclub.org> Sierra Club National Representative in S. Nevada Regional Rep Vacant W. Regional Organizer Vinny Spotleson 702-732-7750 the situation warrants it. enjoy the trails and scenery that so firstname.lastname@example.org 8. Watch your hiking companions many of us have worked long and hard * ExCom member for signs of physical distress such as to preserve!
Toiyabe Trails october - november - december 2010 11 S. Nevada Group Great Basin Group Calendar Calendar continued from page 10 continued from page 9health,” with James Sloan, owner of Mountain NOvember 27 (Saturday) NOvember 21 (SuNday) 9:30a december 5 (SuNday) 9:30aMist Botanicals. as a local Master herbalist and Rainbow Gardens Exploratory. This 6-7 mi Ophir Creek Overlook. hike S about 1 hr from Granite Wall Snowshoe. Slowly snowshoe off-nutritionist, James will walk us through a photo loop includes some moderate rock scrambling. rte 431 at Tahoe Meadow, following Tahoe rim trail up through forest, rising 700 ft within 1.5 mi.journey of how to identify native plants and See why they call it rainbow gardens. What min- Trail past several good viewpoints for Lake Last several hundred yards is snowshoe-traversetheir amazing benefits. Learn which plant has erals might cause green deposits? Very rugged, Tahoe. Then, slowly rise oFF-trail to reach east- up very steep hill. Top-over to find ourselves300 times the Vitamin c potency of an orange, colorful, desert landscape. Leader: roger olsen ward-looking steep overlook 700 ft above where atop backside of 300-400-ft-high white graniteetc.! and we walk right by them everyday on our (526-2181) Level 2-3. ophir creek descends toward Washoe Valley, wall, with great views of both Tamarack Peak,travels and trails here in Las Vegas and South- NOvember 28 (SuNday) 3000 ft below. know within 1-3 days before Mt. rose. Dok. Leader: riccardo B. (775-345-ern nevada! all members and general public Blue Diamond Hill. Good views of red rock, hike whether snowshoes needed. Dok. Leader: 2770). co-Leader: Gary P hanneman (775-336-welcome. refreshments, announcements, free Las Vegas, on this 10-mi loop trail. There many riccardo B. (775-345-2770). co-Leader: Gary 7698, email@example.com). Mod. easy.literature, too. Info: eric king (677-4751). fossils to see along way. Is there a cave system P. hanneman (775-336-7698, gphanneman@ charter.net). Mod. easy. december 5 (SuNday) 11:30a NOvember 13 (Saturday) under this hill? about 1600 ft gain. Leader: White Creek to Dry Pond Dayhike. niceSunrise Mountain & Peak. Strenuous, 1800 David hardy (email preferred: hardyhikers@ NOvember 22 (mONday) 6:30p afternoon hike in forested slopes on W side offt gain, 7-8 mi loop. Great vistas, beautiful embarqmail.com or 875-4549) Level 3. Outings Meeting. Please join us as we plan Truckee Meadows. Learn about flora, fauna.rugged desert landscape. What is the “Great december 4 (Saturday) outings for new year. Months include January, Geared for folks who would like to get out aunconformity”? Leader: roger olsen (526- Valley of Fire, North End. as we cross landscape, February, March. outings can be snowshoeing, little later in the day. Lunch around 1p, with2181) Level 3-4. look for signs of petrified wood, petroglyphs, hid- desert hiking, biking, or easy in-town or near- vista of slopes of Slide Mountain. Dok. Leader: NOvember 14 (SuNday) den springs. Why does a spring emerge? Leader: town treks. If you’ve ever thought about becom- holly coughlin (331-7488). co-Leader: JessicaSandstone Quarry Loop, RRCNCA. up, Bill Marr (433-0743) Level 3-4. ing a leader yourself, this is the meeting to attend. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Moderate.around, through washes, slots, sandstone out- We have a nice, social get-together with potluck december 4 (Saturday) dinner. all beverages provided. Meet at chuck’s december 11 (Saturday) 9:30acrops, past ancient fire pits, black bush, pinyon, Exploring Red Cap - One of my favorite hikes Snowshoe to Tamarack Peak. Leaving moun-petroglyphs, to expansive views of our desert home; call for directions. Dok. Leader: chuck in Calico Hills. It’s short, challenging and, most tainside snow-trail within 0.5 mi, snowshoe off-jewel. Which liquor is flavored with juniper ber- oliveira (775-527-3807). co-Leader: Grace c. of all, it’s fun. From Sandstone Quarry, trek to e trail up through forest, staying close to easternries? Leader: ann cronin (737-5758) Level 2-3. caudill (775-233-6404). easy. side of red cap, then scramble up to tinaja, onward fall-away ridgeline (cirque) of Tamarack Peak. NOvember 20 (Saturday) to peak overlooking calico Tank, calico Basin. NOvember 27 (Saturday) 8a after slowly climbing 1000 ft with greater andHamblin Peak, Buckland Station/Pony Express. Bring your greater vistas, summit at 9900 ft. Lunch breakLMNRA. Wonderful turkey sandwich, enjoy lower carson river area. with grand 22-mi vista of Lake Tahoe way belowviews of lake, Pinto Buckland Station is S of Silver Springs. This nearly us. return same route. Dok. Leader: Gary PValley. Find an in- 10 mi loop hike on flat ground starts at historic hanneman (775-336-7698, email@example.com article in Buckland Station, proceeds downstream along net). co-Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763,Wikipedia on peak carson river. enjoy riparian habitat. return on seg- firstname.lastname@example.org). Mod. Strenuous.namesake Jacob ment of Pony express Trail route. Learn some his- tory of area. Walk-in fee for State Park: $1/person. december 18 (Saturday) 8:30ahamblin. Leader: Carson River Railroads. near Moundhouse.Bill Marr (433-0743) option to tour remains of Fort churchill on your about 12 mi one way with vehicle shuttle. eleva-Level 3. own after hike. Learn some history of area. nD. tion gain less than 1000 ft. hike along scenic car- Leader: T a Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. easy. son river canyon, learn about two of railroads ofNOvember 20 (Saturday) december 4 (Saturday) 8:30a comstock era. Parts of hike are cross-country. nD. Churchill Butte. near Silver Springs. Scale Leader: T a Taro (775-530-2935). Moderate.Cave Canyon. a little butte, overlooking historic Ft. churchill, part december 19 (SuNday) 9aspelunking and cave of emigrant wagon route, as well as ancient and Fort Churchill. Park at entrance to Fortexploring in cave can- modern Lake Lahontan, Pony express Trail, churchill State Park, follow trail to fort. Spendyon. Features aarge Lincoln hwy. Learn some history of area. about a little time exploring old Fort buildings beforecavern, three levels. 9.5 mi, at least 1800 ft of gain for day, all in going down to carson river to follow trail alongonly explore main first 4 mi. Parts of hike are off-trail, with steep there and back to highway, cars. about 6 mi rT,cavern. Moderate hike, descents. nD. Leader: T a Taro (775-530-2935). no gain. DL. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-300 ft gain. entrance Mod. Strenuous. 6763, email@example.com). easy.to cave is hard to seefrom trail. Trail ends Ledge camp, second day. Photo: Eric Blumensaadt.at dry falls. From there, through about 6 mi that uniquely combines Mojavescramble upslope to entrance. after exploring cave, Leader George McDonald (808-3855) Level 3-4. desert, riparian jungle, mud flats, a railroad bed, caLIfornIa statehave lunch outside, enjoy awesome views of red gypsum-veined badlands, up to oasis at chinarock canyon. (Bring a flashlight.) Leader: George december 5 (SuNday) ranch for their fabled “date shakes.” Some may parKs In Danger . . .McDonald (808-3855). Level 2-3. Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up. after we meet at want to add a post-hike soak at Tecopa hot Springs. continued from page 12 Pizza hut on charleston at antelope at 8:30a, Leader: ann cronin (737-5758). Level 2. NOvember 21 (SuNday) head out to S approach to red rock to ‘undeco- of california’s coast has been preservedArizona Hot Springs. about 6 mi, lose/gain 1000 rate’ roadside. Bring hat, sunscreen, water. Be december 12 (SuNday) in its native state because of the state’sft along White rock Wash before seeomg emerald prepared to walk about 2 mi as we help our local Bowl of Fire. Begin and end at Mile 18 ongreen river. Take time before lunch for a soak. treasure look a little more pristine. Leaders: Sandy n. Shore rd for this 10-mi loop. It includes 64 state beaches. home to more thanLeader: Jack Sawyer (228-3857). Level 3-4. Gogatz (248-4443), Jack Sawyer (228-3857). a scramble through rabbit hole, past Snow 160 rare, threatened, and endangered NOvember 25 (thurSday) White, to top of bluffs, back down wash. narrow species, state parks are among the best december 8 (WedNeSday) canyons, rock formations. What minerals make places where we can enjoy nature andCottonwood Valley. Start from parking area with “Christmas Party - Potluck and Pure Fun!” up various colors? Some scrambling.Leader: outdoor recreation.restroom on hway 160 – end at Blue Diamond.So, no General Program meeting. come meet, David hardy (email preferred: hardyhikers@car shuttle needed. See some petroglyphs, watering befriend and trade stories with your fellow Sierra embarqmail.com or 875-4549) Level 3. unfortunately, chronic underfunding hastanks, along way. Where are cottonwood trees? about club Members. heck, bring a friend or two with forced state parks to amass a $1.3 billion10 mi. Leader: David hardy (email preferred: hardy- you! With our heads and hearts together, we will december 18 (Saturday) backlog in needed maintenance and firstname.lastname@example.org or 875-4549) Level 3.heal our earth, as one! Music, merriment and Hole 33 to Geode Field, LMNRA. about 7-10 entertainment too...! Won’t mi in hills near lake. how does a geode form? Prop. 21, on the nov. 2 statewide bal- you join us?! Time & Place: Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743) Level 3-4. lot, would establish a dedicated fundingRest stop – Dave, Jen, Holly, Eric, Par. Photo: Eric 7:30 pm; nV energy Bldg., 6226 stream for state parks and wildlife areas. W. Sahara (e. entrance, Wengert december 25 (Saturday)Blumensaadt. meeting room). all members and Blue Diamond Hill. a different hike, this time In exchange for free year-round day-use general public welcome. Info: going over top, down a narrows for about 3 mi, admission to california’s state parks, eric king (677-4751). coming out at Wheeler Spring. hike through trees californians would pay an $18 fee as along creek and up to Blue Diamond. What kind december 11 of minerals are in Blue Diamond hill? about 8 mi. part of the annual vehicle license fee (Saturday) Leader: David hardy (email preferred: hardyhik- (except for larger commercial vehicles, Rainbow Gardens. Fun on e email@example.com or 875-4549) Level 2-3. mobile homes and permanent trailers). side of town. Moderate 6-7 mi december 26 SuNday) Funds from the fee would be placed in loop. Beautiful, rugged, colorful River Mountains. Start near entry station, end at a trust fund dedicated to state parks and desert landscape. What is gyp- hole 33. along way, go through narrow canyon where wildlife conservation. sum used for? Leader: roger we may see owls. What controls level of lake? about olsen (526-2181) Level 2-3. Sierra club california is part of the coali- 6 mi. Leader: David hardy (email preferred: hardyhi- firstname.lastname@example.org or 875-4549) Level 2. tion supporting Prop 21. The range of other december 12 supporters is especially impressive, includ- (SuNday) JaNuary 1, 2011(Saturday) ing the california Teachers association, Pinto Valley, LMNRA. celebrate new year Amargosa River from Teco- with hike in colors, narrow canyons, of Pinto national Trust for historic Preservation, pa to China Ranch. as river emerges from its underground valley. Walk on mostly easy ground for about 10 california Travel Industry association, mi. Some short sections of scrambling. Leader: Sierra Business council, and many others. channels to make a small David hardy (email preferred: hardyhikers@ Learn more about Prop. 21 at <www. cascade, hike this “area of embarqmail.com or 875-4549) Level 2-3. critical environmental concern” YesForStateParks.com>.