Pair of Yosemite
The Mist and John Muir Trails to Vernal and Nevada Falls in Yosemite National Park are completely open, the park announced Tuesday via Twitter.
Parts of both trails are normally closed in the winter, but the lack of snowfall has opened the complete routes earlier than usual. Glacier Point Road remains closed, though hikers can reach Panaroma Point from the Yosemite Valley via the Four-Mile Trail.
Registration for Big Sandy Race now open
The annual Big Sandy Race mountain bike race on the San Joaquin River Trail is set for March 22 and this time offers riders three courses.
In a change from previous years, race organizers have simplified the categories into three distances of 15, 23 and 38 miles.
Registration starts at $38 for the 15-mile option and tops out at $62 for the 38-mile ride.
In addition, race proceeds will repair its namesake Big Sandy Bridge.
National Parks draw record numbers in 2014
More people visited America’s national parks in 2014 than ever before, the National Park Service announced Tuesday.
Last year, there were 292.8 million visits to national parks, breaking the previous record of 287.2 million visits in 1987.
The 2014 numbers are a 7% increase from 2013, when 273.6 million visits were made.
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco was the most visited area operated by the NPS, receiving more than 15 million visits. Yosemite National Park ranked third with more than 3.8 million visits.
Other surrounding national parks and recreation areas:
• Sequoia NP (1,039,137 visits)
• Kings Canyon NP (502,268)
• Devil’s Postpile NM (114,414)
• Pinnacles NP (196,635)
• Cesar E. Chavez NM (8,854)
REI Garage Sale
When: 4-8:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: REI Fresno, 7810 N. Blackstone Ave.
REI will hold a members-only garage sale this weekend 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 p.m. Memberships can be purchased on site for $20. All sales are final.