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Trail Mix: Mt. Whitney lottery opens Monday

Hikers pose for photographs and admire views from the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states. It’s a strenuous 11-mile hike from the trailhead, but that doesn’t keep anyone away.
Hikers pose for photographs and admire views from the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest point in the lower 48 states. It’s a strenuous 11-mile hike from the trailhead, but that doesn’t keep anyone away. THE FRESNO BEE

The online application period for permits to hike Mt. Whitney opens Feb. 1.

Applications can be submitted at recreation.gov, with a lottery determining the winners.

When planning a trip, take into consideration repaving and other repairs that will be under way on Whitney Portal Road. Work will begin just west of Lone Pine and end just east of Whitney Portal, the trailhead to the 14,505-foot peak.

Parking will be limited and delays could range from 30 minutes to three hours. Only permitted hikers will receive day or overnight parking permits. Whitney overnight hikers with valid passes may park at Whitney Portal for a maximum of three nights.

Visitors should consider carpooling, being dropped off by friends, or using shuttles available from the Lone Pine area.

Fishing seminar – Dick Nichols and Captain Jack Yandell are hosting their annual Shaver Lake Fishing Seminar on Feb. 25 at Herb Bauer’s Sporting Goods in Fresno.

The event starts at 6 p.m. Topics include kokanee fishing, trolling Shaver Lake, jigging and still fishing, night fishing, smallmouth bass fishing and a trophy trout planting update. Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.

Details: 559-435-8600

Boling gap hike – Sierra Foothill Conservancy is leading a strenuous hike at 9 a.m. Saturday that will take adventurers on a 1,000-foot climb to the top of the Boling Gap at Table Mountain, then traverse down another 1,000 feet to the San Joaquin.

The 8-mile hike takes about seven hours and is recommended for advanced hikers only.

On Sunday, the conservancy will host a Black Mountain summit hike at 9 a.m. on the Mary Elizabeth Miller Preserve near Prather. Hikers will meet in the parking area off Black Mountain Road. Expect to spend four hours on this roughly 2-mile hike.

Limited space is available. Members are free; non-members pay $5. Register at sierrafoothill.org.

Ski/board for a cause – 7 Hours on the Razor is set for March 6 at China Peak. The endurance ski event is a fundraiser for the Central California Adaptive Sports Center. Participants will ride Chair 1, ski or snowboard down Upper and Middle Razorback to Mainstream, and repeat. Participants must register and collect pledges.

CCASC is a nonprofit organization with the mission of providing life-enhancing, year-round recreation for persons with disabilities and their families. More information: 7hours.dojiggy.com.

REI classes – Fresno’s REI Outdoor School is hosting an introductory level-1 course on bike maintenance. Learn the basics in this 90-minute demonstration class at 1 p.m. Sunday.

A GoPro basics class is 6 p.m. Feb. 2.

Both classes are free, though space is limited. Register at rei.com/fresno.

Price increase – For those on the fence about this year’s California Classic Weekend, registration increases $5 Monday.

The weekend event starts April 2 with a bike ride that closes a portion of Highway 168 for rides of of 35, 60 and 100 miles. On April 3, there is a half marathon, half-marathon relay and 5K for runners.

For details and to register, go to californiaclassicweekend.com.

Angel Moreno: 559-441-6401, @anhelllll

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