Trail Mix 4/3: April Fool's snow is no joke for China Peak

The Fresno BeeApril 2, 2014 

Mother Nature dropped 12 inches of powder in a 24-hour span Tuesday at China Peak.

The Huntington Lake resort has suffered from one of the worst snow seasons in decades.

Base depths range from 15 to 30 inches and two lifts — Chairs 2 and 6 — are open at the resort.

Discounted prices are in effect: Full-day adult lift tickets cost $49 and half-day passes (after 12:30 p.m.) are available for $41.

The April snow couldn't prevent the cancellation of the High Sierra Regatta at Huntington Lake — the first time that's happened in the 60-year history of an event, which normally takes place over back-to-back mid-summer weekends.

Tule elk herd relocated from San Luis refuge

State fish and wildlife officials and volunteers captured 36 tule elk from the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge near Los Banos and relocated them around the state.

A total of 15 bulls, 16 cows and five calves were released at the Carrizo Plains Ecological Reserve in San Luis Obispo County, Wind Wolves Preserve in Kern County and the San Antonio Valley Ecological Reserve in Santa Clara County.

This is a success for an animal that once flourished in the central San Joaquin Valley before being driven to the brink of extinction in the late 1800s.

With the help, California's tule elk population has increased from three herds totaling 500 elk in the 1970s to 22 herds with about 4,200 elk today.

On March 26, a yearling black bear was returned to its home near Lebec in the Los Padres National Forest, seven months after it was found injured.

The cub was treated at the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care facility for rehabilitation until its release.

Events

Fresno Pacific Run for Relief

When: 7 a.m. Saturday

Where: Fresno Pacific University track (Willow Avenue, just south of Butler Avenue)

The 10K road race starts and finishes on the Sunbirds track and is worth 10 points in the Valley Runner of the Year series. A 2-mile prediction run will also start at 7 a.m. Race day registration costs $30.

The series continues with the Cross the River Run at Woodward Park. The 10K is worth 10 points and is set to start at 7:30 a.m. April 13. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 on race day. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Club of the Madera Ranchos.

Details: www.proracegroup.com

Discover Yosemite's Forgotten Trails

When: Once a month, starting Saturday

Where: Lobby of Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites (40644 Highway 41, Oakhurst, 93644)

Local adventurer, author and photographer Tony Krizan will share his 30-plus years of outdoors experiences with a six-event lecture series.

The series kicks off with Great Sierra Mines and trails along Tioga Pass Road. The lectures are an hour long and start at 7:30 p.m. The presentations are open to the public and free of charge.

Remaining schedule: May 10, Minaret Mountain Adventure; June 21, Wawona Old Stagecoach Road; July 19, Lost in Kings Canyon, Curtis Wright P40 Aircraft; Aug. 16, Minaret Mountain Adventure; Sept. 13, Wawona Old Stagecoach Road.

Details: www.yosemitethisyear.com

Tivy Mountain Summit

When: 8 a.m. Saturday.

Where: Tivy Mountain Preserve

The last of two spring hikes to the top of Tivy Mountain offered by the Sierra Foothill Conservancy is Saturday.

The strenous, six-mile hike has a 2,000-foot elevation gain with spectacular views of wildflowers and the Kings River.

The hike takes about seven hours to complete. Wear proper attire and bring water, snacks or a lunch.

Register: www.sierrafoothill.org.

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