Vermilion Valley Resort, an outpost of civilization for backpackers, fishermen and campers at Edison Lake, is up for sale.
In a Saturday letter addressed to "our close friends," VVR owners Jim and Vickie Clement announced they intend to sell the lakeside resort tucked deep inside the Sierra National Forest.
"We are not sure how long this process will take, but assure our following of wonderful customers that whomever we choose to take ownership will be carefully vetted and have the passion and determination needed to carry forward the VVR tradition," the letter states.
Edison Lake sits just off the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails, making the VVR a popular (and necessary) stopover for thru-hikers. Fishermen target brown trout in the lake as well as rainbows and brook trout in nearby creeks.
Jim Clement purchased VVR in July 2002 from former owner Peggy Wiggs, who held it for one year following the death of her husband, Butch.
The property includes a main building that houses a cafe and market, a small motel, a brand new shower and bathroom facility and several cabins used as employee housing.
The Clements are planning to live year round in the Mammoth Lakes area.
China Peak Mud Run
When: Aug. 3
Where: China Peak
Mud runs and obstacle-course runs are all the rage these days, so it's no surprise that China Peak wants to get its hands dirty. And yours.
The 5-kilometer course features mud pits, walls, crawling sections and a couple of jet showers. Total elevation gain is 1,007 feet.
Registration is $45 per person through Aug. 2 and $55 on the day of the event.
News & notes
This week's spate of wildfires across the Sierra should serve as a warning to all campers and backcountry visitors. Campfires have been prohibited across many national forests and parks for weeks due to the extremely dry conditions.
Public shower and laundry facilities at Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park have been closed as water conservation measures. Also, because of high turbidity levels, visitors are being advised not to drink the water at Cedar Grove without boiling it for one minute.
All boat docks at Lake Isabella have been removed by the forest service because of low water levels. Boats can be launched from the South Fork ramp, which is also affected by the low water.