Trail Mix 12/12: China Peak opening lifts top Saturday ... McKenzie hike ... Tulare Tinsel Toy 5K

The Fresno BeeDecember 11, 2013 

Hikers get near their destination, the table tops at McKenzie Preserve during an open house hosted by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy, which offers hikes and classes at various times during the year.

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Trail Mix: Outdoors news and events from Central California.

More lifts expected to open Saturday at China Peak

Good news for snowboarders and skiers heading to China Peak this weekend; the Huntington Lake resort expects to open two more lifts by Saturday -- Chairs 1 and 2 (Upper Dynamite and Kaiser) -- thanks to excellent snowmaking conditions.

The resort currently has one lift open -- Chair 6 -- with moving carpets and terrain features for beginners and first-time learners. Reduced prices are in effect due to limited operations. Lift tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for juniors and seniors and $10 for children. After Saturday, when China Peak expects to have Chairs 1 and 2 open, prices will bump up to $50 for adults, $40 for juniors and seniors and $19 for children ages 6-12.

Today and Friday are the final days to get a free lift ticket with the donation of a new coat or toy in support of Coats for Kids and Toys for Tots. One lift ticket will be issued to each person per coat or toy per day, and the pass is valid only through Friday.

Also, The Inn at China Peak will open for the winter Friday, which also is the last day of the season pass sale before prices jump $40 to $439 for adults.

** Details:

McKenzie Table Top Preserve Hike

** When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

** Where: McKenzie Preserve, north of Fresno

The Sierra Foothill Conservancy is hosting a guided hike to the McKenzie Table Mountain Top Preserve. The hike is about 6 miles roundtrip with some level walking before the climb to the top where breathtaking views await. The last mile to the top has an elevation gain of about 1,000 feet. The hike takes about five hours in all, allowing for a picnic lunch at the top. Limited spots are available.

** To register and more details:

Tulare Tinsel Toy 5K

** When: 8 a.m. Saturday

** Where: Tulare Outlet Center

If you missed your chance to register in this weekend's Fresno and Visalia Jingle Bell Runs (signups for both races are now closed), you can still dash away with your holiday spirit in the Tulare Tinsel Toy 5K.

The 5K run and walk starts and ends at the Tulare Outlets, and proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army and local cross country teams. Toy donations will also be accepted for Toys for Tots. Register in person from 5-8 p.m. Friday, or the day of at 6:30 a.m. at the Nike store at the Tulare Outlet Center. The cost is $30.

** Details:

Urban Birding

The Fresno Audobon Society will stray from it's usual nature walks and into the concrete jungle of Fresno. The group will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the old Mervyn's parking lot at Blackstone and Ashlan avenues.

** Details: Frank Gibson (559) 299-8452 or (559) 593-2217.


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