Mix art and hiking at Squaw Valley USA Sept. 11-12 | SierraSun.com

Mix art and hiking at Squaw Valley USA Sept. 11-12

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Hike. Gaze. Hike. Gaze. Hike. Gaze. If that sounds like a good weekend to you, then the perfect event for you is coming to Squaw.The seventh annual inspiring art hike produced by Trails and Vistas will be held Sept. 11-12 at Squaw Valley USA, featuring music, art, dance and poetry andamp;#8212; as well as a little hiking in the Sierra at 6,200 feet.This yearandamp;#8217;s theme, andamp;#8220;If Dreams were Cloudsandamp;#8221; honors the dreamtime. Audience members, led by an experienced guide, will hike in small groups pausing at 10 art venues, each set against the striking backdrop of towering granite rock faces and cascading mountains. Blending art with nature, the hike has had a profound effect on participants, who become integral members of this unique experience. The event has sold out four years in a row.2010 Artists and Performers Capacitor, a renowned ensemble of dancers, headlines the 2010 Trails and Vistas art hikes throughout the weekend with poetic moving bodies in the landscape set to musical earthly sounds. Trails and Vistas is also collaborating with more than 20 other artisans to cultivate a transformational experience for every participant. Last yearandamp;#8217;s stand out performer, Angelikaandamp;#8217;s Healing Music, returns with her musical magic from lands afar. Trails and Vistas is a 501(c)(3) organization that combines hiking with artistic expression in the majestic Sierra Nevada.andamp;#8212; Submitted to the Sun via aedgett@sierrasun.com

Special performing guests for Sunday, Sept. 12, art hikes only is the Banana Slug String Band. The Banana Slug Band brings a fun-filled eco-music vocals and guitar performance that will spark a playful sense of wonder in all people. The band has performed at hundreds of venues across the U.S. and Canada including the New Orleans Jazz andamp; Heritage Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

The nearly three-mile long hike is strenuous and includes approximately 1,500 gain in elevation. Hikers must be comfortable traversing some rocky areas including some steep pitches. Hiking groups will depart every 15 minutes with a trail leader (dogs and photography are not allowed). Tickets are on sale now, cost $30 for adults and $15 for children. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.trailsandvistas.org or by calling the Truckee Chamber at (530) 587-2757.