Hensley Off-Road Races, 10K trail run scheduled for next weekend
Mountain bikers and trail runners will take over the Buck Ridge Trail at Hensley Lake on Feb. 8 for the fifth annual Hensley Off-Road Races.
The day’s events will include a 10K trail run at 7 a.m., followed by mountain bike races beginning at 9 a.m.
The mountain bike course is a 5-mile loop along the eastern edge of the lake, with races of one, two and three laps offered for adults. There are shortened courses for youths.
The 10K run, meanwhile, also kicks off the 2015 San Joaquin River Trail running series organized by San Joaquin Running.
Registration is $40 for the 10K and $25 to $40 for the mountain bike rides.
There also is a ride-and-run option available for $60.
Deadline to register is Feb. 5.
All runners and riders will receive a short-sleeve race shirt. Awards will be given to the top three male and female runners and mountain bike race winners. No headphones are allowed while riding. There also is a prohibition on pets on the trail.
Rare Sierra Nevada red fox spotted
For the first time in nearly a century a rare Sierra Nevada red fox was seen inside Yosemite National Park, park officials announced.
Park biologists set up motion-sensitive cameras in the northern part of the park and confirmed sightings on Dec. 13 and Jan. 4.
The Sierra Nevada red fox is one of the rarest mammals in North America, with a population fewer than 50. The animal was spotted for the first time in two decades in 2010 near Sonora Pass, north of Yosemite.
Hearing to take more public input on proposed dam near Temperance Flat
When: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4
Where: Valley Oak Elementary, 465 E. Champlain Drive, Fresno
The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a public meeting to discuss water storage alternatives on the upper San Joaquin River, including the proposed 665-foot high dam near Temperance Flat.
The draft environmental review says Temperance Flat Reservoir would be constructed 6.8 miles upstream of Friant Dam near Fine Gold Creek, partially inside the back end of 520,000 acre-foot Millerton Lake, at a cost of $2.6 billion.
McKenzie Table Mountain Loop hike
When: 9 a.m. Saturday
Where: Smith Basin at Table Mountain (meet in parking lot off Auberry Road)
The Sierra Foothill Conservancy is hosting an 8-mile round-trip hike to Smith Basin. It is recommended for advanced hikers only as it has a 1,000-foot elevation gain to the table top and then descends 800 feet into the basin for a seven-hour trek.
Be sure to wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring water and snacks or a lunch. Limited spots are available.
• On Sunday, the conservancy will lead a 2-mile hike to the summit of Black Mountain. The hike has an 800-foot elevation gain and takes about three hours. The group will meet at 9 a.m. Sign-ups for that hike also are limited.