One of the most grueling bike rides in the nation returns to Clovis later this month with the annual Climb to Kaiser set for Saturday, June 25.
The 155-mile ride to Kaiser Pass above Huntington Lake and back to Clovis features 13,500 feet of elevation gain.
If you’re not up for the ultimate challenge, there are shorter options: the Millerton Metric (71 miles, 3,500 feet in elevation gain) and the Tollhouse Century (95 miles, 7,500 feet).
All rides start at Sierra Intermediate School in Clovis.
Registration is $45 per person for the Millerton Metric, $65 for the Tollhouse Century and $100 for the full Climb to Kaiser. The full ride increases to $125 starting Sunday.
Last year, Exeter’s Joey Galloway was the men’s top finisher for the second year in a row, crossing in 8 hours, 55 minutes. Former Fresnan Amy Cameron, who now lives in Oakland, was the fastest woman in 9:38.
Garage sale – REI’s members-only garage sale is Saturday, June 11, for adventurers seeking 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.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, the REI Outdoor School is hosting a free, 90-minute workshop on the basics of hiking: trip planning, essential items, equipment, safety precautions, resources and places to go. Space is limited. Reserve one at www.rei.com/fresno.
Huntington Lake cleanup – Helping hands are needed to pick up litter and lots more for the annual Huntington Lake cleanup day on Saturday, June 25. Volunteers will gather at 9 a.m. at the boat ramp (follow the signs) before being given an assignment. Free lunch will be provided by Sierra Recreation. For more information, call 559-893-2111.
Yosemite pilot program – Yosemite National Park announced a pilot program where visitors can reserve a guaranteed parking space for two upcoming weekends, June 25-26 and July 2-4. The reserved parking spots will be in Yosemite Valley and ensure visitors a space before 11 a.m.
The program will reserve 150 parking spaces each day in the parking area located next to the in-park shuttle bus stop. Reservations can be made as soon as Saturday, June 11, at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. There is no charge for the day-use parking, but a reservation fee of $1.50 is required.
Based on the results, the park may continue the program for the rest of the summer season to include Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday weekends.