Birding Hike: Don Rivenes, Sierra Foothills Audubon Society Conservation Chair and field trip leader, will lead a hike to find high Sierra birds around several scenic lakes nearby the Lodge. Hiking could be up to 4 miles with some elevation gain - swimming is a happy possibility. Carolyn Hinshaw, former Sierra Nevada Group Chair is the co-leader. Don Rivenes has been a Sierra Club member since 1971 and has led this particular hike for the two previous years, and also led bird walks for Sierra Foothills Audubon Society (SFAS) for eleven years. Don is Conservation Chair for SFAS, and a Steering Committee member of Sierra Forest Legacy, and Acting Executive Director of Forest Issues Group. "We will assemble at the lodge at 9 am and carpool down to the parking lot at the dam for Lake Van Norden (left turn at stop light at Serene Lakes turnoff, over the bridge and into the lot on the left). We will check out the lake above the dam, and then walk along the dam berm joining the road paralleling the lake. We will eat lunch just before noon, and return by 12:30 pm to the parking lot. Bring water, lunch, sun protection and mosquito repellant. Carolyn Hinshaw will co-lead the hike. Carolyn Hinshaw has been a Sierra Club member since 1980. I was a Sierra Nevada Group outings leader before I moved to Davis and joined the Yolano Group. Last year I was Don Rivenes co-leader on this bird walk and enjoyed it so much that I asked if I could do it again. This is always a fun and educational outing."

GPS, Mapping or History Hike: The trek will provide an introduction to Sierra Nevada environmental history, beginning with a survey of the of the pre-history of its native people above Donner Lake. From there a continuing rambling account of the nineteenth-century opening of this portion of the Sierra by non-native interlopers will include opening of the Sierra to wagon travel, the effects of the discovery of gold, and the permanent development of this part of the region by the railroad, including the role played by Chinese immigrants. This moving trek will include discussion of the beginning of the conservation and preservation movement. If time permits, a comparison of the difference between this early conservation movement with the later environmental history of the Sierra will be discussed. Plan for a relatively strenuous but not life threatening off trail hike, Bring a lunch and plenty of water.  Led by Phil Sexton, Ranger, Big Bend Ranger Station, Tahoe National Forest and Jeri Merritt, Outings Chair, Sierra Nevada Group, CTL Fundraiser Committee, National Outings leader, Sierra Club member since 1991, leading trips in the Southwest and California for five years.

Forest Hike Don Harkin, a highly qualified forest ecologist, will lead a 1-3 hour hike through the forest surrounding Clair Tappaan. He will point out types of trees, discuss their history, explain and demonstrate dating of trees, discuss forest dynamics, old growth, wild life habitat and many other interesting aspects of our forest. Since it is close to the lodge, participants can choose the amount of time they will stay in the group.

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Andesite Peak Hike:  The summit is reached from Castle Pass.This moderate peak climb will be led by Glenn Polochko. The hike climbs approximately 1000 feet over 2.5 miles and tops out on Andesite Peak at 8,219 feet. From the top of Andesite Peak there are outstanding views of Basin Peak, Round Valley, Castle Peak and the proposed Castle Peak Wilderness area.  Glenn Polochko has been leading hikes, bike trips, snowshoe and X-country ski trips, and backpacking trips for ten years. Glenn is Outings Chair for Lake Tahoe group and is active on the Tahoe Rim Trail committee. Lives in Truckee.

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rev. July 30, 2007.  EM