River Day, Donner Hike set this week


Two weekend activities will celebrate Truckee’s river and history.

On Saturday and Sunday, the sixth annual Donner Party Hike is planned along Coldstream Canyon and the Pacific Crest Trail.

On Saturday, hikers can participate in a rugged hike along the Pacific Crest Trail toward Roller Pass, where emigrants hauled wagons over granite faces. Adventurous hikers can opt for longer hikes beginning in Coldstream Canyon to the south of Donner Lake.

Easier hikes include historical routes to areas such as the China Wall, Old Dutch Flat Road and to petroglyphs. Saturday night’s events include an “indoor” campfire, dinner, entertainment and slide show.

On Sunday, hikers have the option of two less strenuous hikes. The first hike explores the Donner Camp at Alder Creek and the second hike covers the Murphy Cabin site at Donner Memorial State Park.

Tickets for the hikes will cost $20 per day or $40 for two days. Lunch is included on all hikes.

Truckee River Day

The Truckee River Habitat Restoration Group is sponsoring the third annual Truckee River Day on Sunday.

The annual event, which is expected to attract more than 700 volunteers, is a family activity based around increasing awareness of conditions affecting watershed health and to provide hands-on involvement in river restoration.

This year’s theme is focused on the Truckee River’s history.

As part of the event, a new symposium is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Truckee Community Center. “Whispers from the River: The Early Truckee River Landscape” will be the topic of the first presentation by Truckee anthropologist Susan Lindstrom and Jean McNichol, an elder of Nevada Washoe Tribe.

U.C. Davis professor Michael Barbour will speak on the subject of “Changing Landscapes in the Sierra Rain Shadow.”

Volunteers can register at the Villager Nursery on Donner Pass Road, and should bring clean pails for releasing fish, trash bags for cleanup, planting tools and sharp knives for participants interested in revegetation. Activities will be available for children, and at 4 p.m. children will help release Lahontan Cutthroat Trout fingerlings into the river.

For information, call the restoration group at 587-4509.

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