Trail-care workshop set
Professional trail experts from the Subaru and International Mountain Biking Association Trail Care Crew will be in the San Joaquin Valley next month to host a three-hour trail-building school before performing work on the Pa’san Ridge Trail.
The Central California Off-Road Cyclists and the Subaru/IMBA team will conduct the session starting at 9 a.m. March 28 at the High Sierra Ranger District Office, 29688 Auberry Road in Prather.
After a provided lunch, the group will drive to the San Joaquin River Gorge and work on the trail until 5 p.m.
A club care presentation is at 6 p.m. Thursday March 26 at Acco Engineered Systems, 4980 E. University Ave., Suite 103 in Fresno. Events are free but registration is required.
Yosemite Conservancy sets 2015 schedule
Yosemite Conservancy unveiled its list of Outdoor Adventures for 2015. This year, more than 60 programs allow visitors to explore the park on guided backpacking treaks and through photography, bird watching and day hikes through wildflower fields and more.
Events include a three-day backpacking trip into the high country, where hikers will see the aftermath of last year’s Rim Fire and how Yosemite’s landscape is changing.
Most programs are limited to 15 people to allow for a personalized experience, but there is a variety for people of all ages and abilities.
See the full list at www.yosemiteconservancy.org.
• If a hike up Half Dome is in your plans, a reminder that the preseason lottery for permits is now open.
People can apply for up to six permits (six people) and seven dates. Applications will be approved if the number of permits sought is available on one of the requested dates. If there are openings on more than one of the desired days, applications will be awarded to the date of highest priority.
The Half Dome cables are scheduled to be in place May 22 through Oct. 12, though those dates are subject to change.
Deadline for the permit lottery is March 31 at www.recreation.gov. Applicants will be notified there or via email by April 12.
Free fly casting lessons
Fresno Fly Fishers for Conservation will lead a free fly casting class for the public every Wednesday in April.
Classes will start at 6 p.m. at Dry Creek Park on the northeast corner of Clovis and Alluvial avenues.
Fine Gold Creek Hike
When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Fine Gold Creek Preserve, Road 216, Madera County
The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will lead a moderate hike along Fine Gold Creek just above Millerton Lake. The hike follows a newly cut trail that runs streamside and onto gradual slopes, steeper inclines and rocky areas. The hike takes about four hours, including a lunch stop and the walk back to the parking lot. Spots are limited. Fees are $5 per person.
• The conservancy is hosting its Ewell Fine Gold Preserve Open House on March 21. The preserve will be open to the public, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dogs are not allowed. Plan a picnic lunch and allow for a few hours to meandering.
West Hills College Metric Century
When: 8 a.m. March 21
Where: West Hills College in Coalinga, with the starting line on the west side of campus at Highway 198/33 and Elm Street
West Hills College will host its metric century cycling race for the second year in a row, taking riders from the campus, up country roads and through green fields, past oil derricks and into the foothills below the rocky bluffs.
Three routes are offered: A 17-mile “fun” ride, 40-mile mini metric and a 61-mile metric century.
Among those scheduled to take part is Carole Goldsmith, the president of the Coalinga campus and an avid cyclist.
“Now that this has become an annual event I want to see it grow as a fundraiser for scholarships and other student needs at the college,” Goldsmith said.
Races will start at 9 a.m. on the west side of campus. Cyclists will ride past the college’s Farm of the Future and its new rodeo arena before climbing into the foothills along Los Gatos Creek Road until the turnarounds.
The 61-mile metric century features a 2,500-foot climb. Cyclists will ride uphill to the turnaround at the Fresno-San Benito County line and return to Coalinga. The 40-mile mini-metric turns around eight miles before the county line at Los Gatos Creek County Park.
“The last couple of miles of the ride before reaching the county line will offer some tough 8 to12% grades,” said committee member Tom Kulikov.
Cyclists will be provided with full SAG until 3 p.m. and three rest stops until 2 p.m.
Registration, which is available online through March 20 or on race day starting at 8 a.m., costs $15 for the 17-mile “fun” ride, $35 for the mini-metric and $45 for the 61-mile metric century and includes a post-ride meal. Children with a parent or guardian can ride in the 17-mile ride for $12.
The college is providing secure “valet” bike service, three rest stops, and an after-ride meal featuring tri-tip, chicken and a full salad bar served cafeteria-style.
— Angel Moreno,
The Fresno Bee