Trail Mix: China Peak readies for mountain biking, rides

The Fresno BeeJune 20, 2012 

Summer has arrived at China Peak Mountain Resort. Which means it's time to finally put away the skis and snowboards and take out the mountain bikes.

Starting Saturday, the China Peak Mountain Bike Park will be open weekends through Sept. 16, plus Labor Day (Sept. 3). Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To help improve upon its 20 miles of singletrack and fire roads, China Peak hired former pro racer Evan Turpen of Santa Cruz to manage the park. In addition, several Kona full-suspension mountain bikes, worth $3,000 each, were added to the rental fleet, owner Tim Cohee said. Standard bikes are also available.

Also new this year is a mountain bike race scheduled for July 21-22.

Visitors can also ride Chair 1 to the rocky summit of 8,700-foot Chinese Peak for outstanding views of Huntington Lake and Kaiser Ridge, then hike down at their leisure.

The resort's restaurant, hotel and bar are open daily, and a live music series is scheduled for Friday evenings.

Details: skichinapeak.com.

Events

Bass Lake Vista 14k

When: Saturday

Where: Sky Ranch Road, Madera County

Beat the heat and add some dirt to your run by participating in the Summer Trail Run Series organized by Baz Hawley, founder of the Shadow of the Giants 50k.

The Bass Lake Vista 14k (8 a.m.) is the first of three trail runs scheduled for the Oakhurst/Fish Camp area through July 21.

Go to bigbaztrailraces.com for race details and follow links there for directions to the starting line.

Climb to Kaiser

When: June 30

Where: Start/finish at Alta Sierra Middle School

One of America's 10 toughest bike rides, as rated by Bicycling Magazine, returns for its 36th year. Besides the namesake ride, which is 155 miles long and requires 13,500 feet of climbing, shorter 62- and 100-mile routes are also offered.

Although not a race, Brandon Franklin of Clovis set the course record by finishing in 8 hours on the nose.

Register by midnight Wednesday at active.com. Details: climbtokaiser.com.

News & notes

  • Volunteers this week are helping the Sequoia Natural History Association and National Park Service construct split-rail fencing along a portion of the Sherman Tree Trail in Sequoia National Park. The project continues through Saturday. Details: sequoiahistory.org.
  • Learn the "Secrets of Our Sierra Meadows" from local naturalist Joanne Freemire on a Saturday driving and hiking tour along the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Pines parking lot at Bass Lake. Details: Doug Waltner, (559) 877-2760.
  • The Splash and Dash returns to Hensley Lake on June 30. Choose between two biathlon (run and bike) courses, or sign up for the first-ever aquathon (swim and bike). Details: sites.google.com/site/trithisevents.

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