Outdoors

September 3, 2014

Trail Mix: Public meetings next week to address Pine Flat Lake master plan

Two public meetings will be held next week to discuss updating the Pine Flat Lake master plan.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will meet Tuesday with other public agencies at 10 a.m and with stakeholders at 2 p.m. On Wednesday, a primary public meeting will be held at 5 p.m. The meetings will be at the Veterans Memorial Building in Clovis at 808 4th St.

The meetings give the public an opportunity to give input on what future changes they'd like to see at Pine Flat Lake. The master plan does not address reservoir water levels and is separate from the water control manual.

Kare for Kidneys 5K on Saturday

The Kare for Kidneys Foundation is hosting its first 5K Saturday at the Mountain View shelter at Woodward Park.

Runners are encouraged to dress in their best Hawaiian gear. Day-of registration starts at 5 a.m. with races at 7. Participants will receive a free T-shirt.

Cost is $30 per runner ages 16 and older, and free for runners 15 and younger. The park's entrance fee is not included.

No fishing on part of Merced River

Fishing restrictions have been put in place on the lower Merced River.

The river is closed to angling from Crocker-Huffman Dam to the Snelling Road bridge, a stretch of about 5.5 miles. Angling in the river below Snelling Road bridge is subject to normal regulations and closures.

The lower Merced River is typically closed to angling only from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. The closure was sped up by about two months to protect drought-stressed waters and the salmon populations during the fall spawning, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

The river will re-open to anglers on Jan. 1.

One month until Grizzly Century

The Grizzly Century is taking registrations for its 22nd annual ride through the Sierra National Forest, scheduled for Oct. 4.

Cyclists will ride this year along a new portion added to the original route and get an up-close-and-personal look at the aftermath of the French fire.

"Riding through portions of a recently burned forest mosaic will be an experience of a lifetime," race director Doug Waltner said. "A trip through the unburned and burned areas will profoundly affect your views of the forest."

Cyclists have three options:

• The 100-mile Griz: 10,000 feet in elevation gain, from North Fork to Cold Spring Summit and back.
• The metric century (63 miles): 5,000 feet in elevation gain from North Fork to Mile High Vista and back.
• Loop the Lake (26 miles): 1,000 feet in elevation gain around Bass Lake.

The race follows the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway and is held in conjunction with the annual North Fork Fall Festival. A total of 600 spots are available to riders.

Registration is $35 per person for the lake loop and $50 per person for both the 63-mile metric century and 100-mile Griz.

The Grizzly Century Bike Ride starts at 7 a.m., with the North Fork Lion's Club Pancake Breakfast at 6 a.m for cyclists.

Details: www.grizzlycentury.org.

New bike laws coming

California's new cycling-safety law that requires motorists to give at least three feet of distance when passing a bicyclist goes into effect Sept. 16.

Motorists caught violating the new law face a $35 fine plus fees, or a $220 fine -- $959 with fees -- if there's a collision. In cases where a collision injures a cyclist, the law will be used to establish a basis to cite the driver for unsafe passing.

The new law applies on all roads, even those that don't have indicated bike lanes.

"As a lifelong cyclist, I know firsthand that when cars and bikes collide, it often turns to tragedy," Assemblyman Steven Bradford said. "This bill is a great reminder that we all have to work together to keep our roads safe for all users."

California joins 24 other states with similar bicycle safety laws. More info: www.calbike.org or #IGive3 on Twitter.

Yosemite NP construction planned

The Tuolumne Grove trailhead parking lot will be partially closed starting Monday for improvements to the parking lot and trailhead.

During September, the parking lot will close at 6 a.m. Mondays and re-open at 5:30 p.m. Fridays for weekend use. Starting Oct. 1, the lot will be closed seven days a week through the end of the year.

The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias will remain open, with limited parking available at the Crane Flat Gas Station and other road turnouts.

Disabled vets eye Yosemite climbs

Approximately 20 disabled veterans will attempt three of Yosemite's iconic rock climbs next week to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11.

The three groups are targeting El Capitan, Half Dome and Royal Archers with the purpose of arriving at those respective summits on Sept. 11.

The event is a collaboration between Yosemite National Park and Paradox Sports. Several park employees, who are veterans themselves, will be joining the disabled veterans on their climbs.

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