Trail Mix for April 16: Free entrance weekend at national parks

Free entrance weekend  at national parks

Entrance fees at Yosemite, Sequoia/Kings Canyon and Pinnacles national parks will be waived Saturday and Sunday in celebration of National Parks Week. Events are also planned in honor of Earth Day on April 22.

The celebration kicks off Friday in Yosemite Valley with two bike rides (2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.) and continues Saturday with a full schedule of photo walks, ranger talks and Junior Ranger programs. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm and click on the current “Yosemite Guide” link.

Saturday is also Junior Ranger Day at Sequoia/Kings Canyon. Events run 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Foothill Visitor Center, 2 to 3 p.m. at Giant Forest Museum and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kings Canyon Visitors Center. Details: http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/index.htm.

Campground fees and charges for other park services still apply.


Footloose in the Foothills

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: McKenzie Preserve

The trails of the McKenzie Preserve aren’t just for cows and wildflower buffs. Runners (and walkers) get their turn Saturday in these 5- and 10-kilometer races. Awards will be handed out to male and female overall winners, plus top finishers in 10-year age groups.

Register online at signmeup.com, on race day beginning at 8 a.m. or at Soul 2 Sole Sports (River Park location) on Friday from noon to 7 p.m. McKenzie Preserve is located on Auberry Road about 3 miles east of the Millerton Road junction.

Show Me the Finish Line Run

When: 8:15 a.m. Sunday

Where: Woodward Park

Benefiting the Armenian Relief Society, the 2-mile run is worth 10 points in the Valley Runner of the Year Series. The event includes a 2-mile walk and a 1/4-mile kids run.

Register online at runsignup.com or in person at Fleet Fleet (formerly Sierra Running Co., 9447 N. Fort Washington #106, Fresno) from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

News & notes

• The statewide trout opener for streams, creeks and many popular Eastern Sierra lakes is April 25. How popular? An estimated 10,000 anglers typically turn out at Crowley Lake. Trout stocking by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has already begun.

• Two cycling races are pedaling this way: the Clovis Hills Criterium on April 25 and the Sequoia Cycling Classic on April 26. Details: