Trail Mix for 4/10: China Peak ends winter season; Gorge hike approaches

The Fresno BeeApril 9, 2014 

This steel and wooden footbridge spans the San Joaquin River, providing access to hiking trails on the Madera County side of the San Joaquin River Gorge Management Area outside Auberry. The bridge can be reached from the trailhead parking lot on a mile-long hike through rolling oak woodlands. The Gorge contains about 7,000 acres of public lands between Millerton Lake and Kerckhoff Reservoir.

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The Huntington Lake resort closed its doors Sunday on the winter snow season, despite getting 40 inches in its final week — more than a third of its snowfall for the entire season.

China Peak will open for mountain biking starting June 28-29.

Spring Fling on the Kings

Kings River Conservancy's annual fundraiser on the river is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lapp River House.

Enjoy great views of wildflowers on the hillsides, along with a barbecue lunch, live music, games and more.

Tickets are $25. To purchase, call (559) 787-9500 or go to www.kingsriverconservancy.org

NEWS & NOTES

• Saturday is the open house at McKenzie Preserve, 2,960 acres of protected land in foothills on the north side of Auberry Road between Friant and Prather. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be a $2 parking fee.

Details: sierrafoothill.org

• Take a 3-mile stroll along the San Joaquin River Gorge via a guided hike with Clary Creager of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust.

The group will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday on the Fresno County side of the river, about six miles down Smalley Road.

Wear appropriate clothing, closed-toed shoes, hat and sunscreen. Please bring water, and a snack. No dogs allowed. There is a $5 day-use fee.

Details: riverparkway.org

• The Fresno Audubon Society will host its Wednesday Walk at the Old Highway and White Rock Road in Merced County. The group will meet at Sears in Oakhurst at 8 a.m. or at the Mariposa Fairgrounds at 8:45. Bring binoculars and a lunch or snacks. No dogs are allowed.

Details: Nina Jones (559) 760-1624 or mtnlynx@sti.net

EVENTS

Cross the River Run 10K

When: 7 a.m. Saturday

Where: Woodward Park

The Valley Runner of the Year Series continues Saturday with the 10K Cross the River Run at 7:30 a.m. The race is worth 10 points.

A 2-mile run will start at 7:15.

Details: ranchoskiwanis.com

Sole 2 Soul's Summer Series runs

When: Every other Tuesday night, starting June 10

Where: Woodward Park (Mt. View Shelter)

Sole 2 Soul is hosting a series of six 5Ks over 12 weeks.

Races will be at 7 p.m., over the same course, with chip timing for participants,. The goal is to measure runners improvement over the summer.

Cost is $5 for early registrants, $7 on race day or a season pass for $25.

Details: sole2soulsports.com

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