Trail Mix 11/21: Park cleanups; Ski/board waxing lessons at REI; Race Against Hunger; Duo sets out to hike SJRT

The Fresno BeeNovember 20, 2013 

In this March 2011 file photo, hikers near their destination -- the table tops at McKenzie Preserve, located on the north side of Auberry Road between Friant and Prather.

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Helping hands needed for local parks

Volunteers are needed Saturday to help clean up two of Fresno County's two local getaways on Saturday -- the McKenzie Preserve at Table Mountain and the Jensen River Ranch at Woodward Park.

Trailwork crews for the McKenzie Preserve will start at 9 a.m., with details at Native tree and shrub planting at Jensen River Ranch will start at 8 a.m, with details at

Ski/snowboard waxing basics

When: 3-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: Fresno REI

Register now for REI Fresno's lesson on how to take care of your skis/board to have a great time on the slopes. The free class will focus on structure, basic repairs and stone grinding to prep your equipment in time for snow season. No need to bring your personal skis or snowboards.


Race Against Hunger

When: 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day

Where: Downtown Visalia (corner of Main and Garden)

The ninth-annual Visalia Turkey Trot 5K will benefit the Visalia Emergency Aid Council, raising money to provide meal assistance and clothing to more than 2,500 families each month. Register online or before the race from 6:30-7:45 a.m. Or pre-register at any Sole 2 Soul Sports location (Visalia, Fresno, and Bakersfield).


Discovery Trail Hike at McKenzie Preserve

When: 9 a.m. Nov. 30

Where: McKenzie Table Mountain Preserve

The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will host a guided hike on the McKenzie Preserve led by Mike Mirigian and Robert Snow of the Audubon Society. The Discovery Trail is an easy, mostly level hike of about 3.7 miles and takes about three hours with various stops along the way.

The group will meet at the preserve entrance gate on Auberry Road at 9 a.m.


Hiking the SJRT

Clovis native Sara Fry and John McKinney of Colorado are hiking the San Joaquin RiverTrail, a 150-mile out-and-back hike (about 73 miles each way) from Friant Cove to Devil's Postpile National Monument near Mammoth Lakes, a gain of 10,000 feet. The pair set out Saturday morning from Friant Cove, camping along the way including an overnight stay Wednesday at Redinger Lake.

The trail is not yet completed, but Fry and McKinney are hiking both completed and uncompleted stretches of the trail -- meaning lots of bushwhacking and meandering. The two are gathering GPS data, trail conditions and water sources for the San Joaquin River Trail Council. It's the first recorded hike along the entire San Joaquin River Trail, according to Justine Williams of the trail council.

Follow the hikers on Twitter (@SJRiverTrail) and Instagram (@SanJoaquinRiverTrail).

For trail information, go to

Movember Movement

Calling all facial hair aficionados who have taken up the No-Shave November challenge -- Fresno State Movember Movement is hosting its first Movember Stache Dash on Nov. 30, giving men (and women) the rest of the month to grow out their moustaches in support of men's health awareness.


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