Mountain Area Preservation Foundation to conduct colorful Truckee Tahoe hikes
The Mountain Area Preservation Foundation is a grassroots environmental nonprofit established by concerned residents of the Truckee Tahoe region. Since our inception in 1987, the Foundation (pineconeor MAPF) has worked to preserve, protect and enhance the region’s natural environment. The Foundation serves as a local advocate for smart-growth principles, and seeks to ensure that new development is environmentally sensitive. Find follwoing a list of summer hikes the group will host.
Negro Canyon Hike, Sunday, June 27
Explore this beautiful canyon with Gregory Creek flowing through it to Donner Lake. This hike features spectacular views and should have abundant wildflowers. Moderate ups and downs. Bring a snack. Duration: two-three hours. Meet at 9:30 a.m. Directions: Take Interstate 80 West to the Donner Lake Interchange. Once on the exit road, take the first road to your right, and then the first right choice again and park by the Truckee Donner Land Trust informational sign.
Julie Carville Wildflower Hike Sunday, July 11
Stroll wild gardens on the Mt. Judah Loop Trail with the region’s premier botanist, enjoy sweeping vistas and learn about the families of wildflowers, native plant uses and share stories about plants and their amazing botany. Pace is slow, terrain is mostly moderate. Meet at 9 a.m., we will finish about 3 p.m. Carville charges $25 for the hike. Space is limited, to reserve a spot and for more information John Eaton at email@example.com or 587-1492.
McGlashan Springs Hike, Sunday, July 25
Enjoy incredibly diverse and rich wetlands featuring many rare varieties of wildflowers and panoramic views. Learn about this area’s unique contribution to Truckee’s history. Moderate ups and downs and does involve some off trail scrambling so wear long pants. Bring a snack. Duration: one and a hlaf to two hours. Meet at 10 a.m. Directions: In Tahoe Donner, take the westbound (not northbound) Northwoods. Turn left on Skislope. Almost immediately, turn left again into Bermgarten and park.
Far Western Martis Valley Hike, Sunday, Aug. 22
Discover this hidden gem of a hike that traverses forest, riparian areas, aspen groves, and meadows. Observe different styles of forest management and learn about MAPF’s efforts to protect the valley. Gentle slopes. Bring a snack. Duration two to three hours. Meet at 9 a.m. Directions: Meet at the 7-11 center at the corner of Palisades and Brockway road in Truckee, across from the Truckee Rvier Regional Park, then caravan and car pool to the trail head. Hike Leader: John Eaton, a retired physician, amateur naturalist and MAPF’s Board President. He has hiked the mountains of the Truckee-Tahoe region since childhood and has plenty of interesting stories and information to share.
For more information or to reserve a space call MAPF hike coordinator Jadwiga (Yad-vee-gah) Auckenthaler at (530) 412-3189. Alternate number: 582-6751. for more information about the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation visit http://mapf.org/.
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