Trail Mix for 2/6: Nordic Center to open Friday at Badger Pass

The Fresno BeeFebruary 5, 2014 

Cross-country skiers have a spectacular view of Half Dome as they near Glacier Point in this Bee file photo.

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Enough snow has fallen at Yosemite National Park that park officials will reopen the Nordic Center at Badger Pass on Friday.

The center will be open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for lessons and rentals for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, resort spokesperson Lisa Cesaro said.

Snow coverage is still thin on Glacier Point Road, but the route has been groomed for cross-country skiing. The ski hut is also open to guests.

If the park gets enough powder this weekend, Cesaro said, there is a chance that all of the Badger Pass Ski Area operations will open. An announcement is expected Friday, she said.

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China Peak high school series starts Sunday

The fourth season of the Central California High School ski and snowboard series at China Peak kicks off Sunday. Riders can compete individually or as a team in three areas including boarder/skier cross, slopestyle and giant slalom. The second race is scheduled for March 9 with the finals on March 23.

The resort at Huntington Lake also will host Marissa Hushaw's Third Annual Grind Out Hunger Rail Jam on Feb. 22. Pre-registration costs $10 and riders who donate five cans of food will receive a voucher for a $35 lift ticket for another day.

Details: or email

California further limits angling

Due to the extreme drought, officials from the California Fish and Game Commission have adopted emergency regulations to close some waters to angling per recommendations from the Department of Fish and Wildlife last week.

Specifically, the commission adopted the following:

  • Closure of the American River from Nimbus Dam to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District M power line crossing at the southwest boundary of Ancil Hoffman Park until April 30.

  • Closure of the Russian River main stem below the confluence of the East Branch of the Russian River until April 30.

  • Extension of the low-flow restrictions angling closures for the north coast and central coast areas (above San Francisco Bay) until April 30.

  • Closure of all portions of any coastal stream west of any Highway 1 bridge until April 30 in San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties.


Volunteers sought for Bighorn Sheep survey

The DFW, U.S. Forest Service and Society for Conservation of Bighorn Sheep are looking for volunteers to help biologists the weekend of March 1-2 (Saturday evening and all day Sunday).

No survey experience is necessary to participate's Office in Arcadia.

Volunteers must be at least16 and will hike to designated observation sites in the San Gabriel Mountains early Sunday morning to count and record bighorn sheep.

Sign up at or call (909) 627-1613 or (909) 584-9012.

Race Judicata kicks off 2014 ROTY series

When: 8 a.m. Feb. 15

Where: Starting line near Veterans Memorial Building in Old Town Clovis (808 Fourth St.)

The 28th annual Runner of the Year series starts with Race Judicata Fun Run in Clovis. The 5K run and 2-mile run/walk course start in Old Town Clovis and go out-and-back to Peach and Alluvial avenues on the Sugar Pine Trail. The event also includes a quarter-mile kids race.


Audubon Raptor Run

While there's actually no running, the Fresno Audubon Society will lead a field trip to the Madera foothills to catch glimpses of bald and golden eagles, hawks, falcons and other birds.

The group will meet at 7:45 a.m. Feb. 15 at the park-and-ride lot at Highway 41 and Road 200 (North Fork turnoff) and will leave at 8 a.m. The event is open to the public.

Details: Nina Jones at (559) 760-1624 or

REI garage sale

When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: REI Fresno, 7810 N. Blackstone Ave.

REI will hold a members-only garage sale where adventurers can find cheap and discounted gear. The store will hand out numbered wristbands at 4 p.m. with the lottery draw entry starting at 5. Memberships can be purchased on site for $15. All sales are final.


Bald eagle walk at Millerton Lake

When: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday

Where: River Center, 11605 Old Friant Road, 3 miles north of Woodward Park

The San Joaquin River Parkway is hosting a free bald eagle walk at Millerton Lake. Every year, bald eagles migrate more than 1,600 miles from their summer breeding grounds in Canada. Wear appropriate clothing and shoes and pack a water and snack if needed. No dogs are allowed.


McKenzie member day

The Sierra Foothill Conservancy is hosting a member's day Saturday at the McKenzie Preserve at Table Mountain. Members and their groups can explore on their own and without reservations. No dogs allowed. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.


McKenzie Table Mountain Loop hike

When: 9 a.m. Sunday

Where: Smith Basin at Table Mountain (meet in parking lot off Auberry Road)

Advanced hikers can venture out on the 10-mile roundtrip hike known as the McKenzie Loop. The Sierra Foothill Conservancy is hosting a guided hike that has an approximate 1,000-foot cross-country climb, 700-foot drop to the San Joaquin River and an 800-foot climb to the table top and back. The hike lasts about eight hours.

Wear appropriate shoes/clothing and bring water, snacks or a lunch.


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