Professor Frank DeCourten to lead Tahoe volcanic history lecture and hike |

Professor Frank DeCourten to lead Tahoe volcanic history lecture and hike

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SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; Squaw Valley Institute brings popular lecturer and guide to Tahoe geology Frank DeCourten, professor at Sierra College, to Lake Tahoe to discuss the region’s volcanic history. In addition, DeCourten will describe the basic features of volcanic rock in the area in non-technical terms. The lecture takes place at the Palisades Room at the Village at Squaw Valley, Friday, Aug. 5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a no-host bar; the talk commences at 7 p.m. The guided hike takes place on the Pacific Crest Trail near Donner Summit on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8:30 a.m.

The Saturday hike will provide opportunities to directly explore the volcanic rocks and landscape features along the portion of the Pacific Crest Trail between the trailhead on Old Highway 40, through the Sugar Bowl ski area and along the Judah Loop to Roller Pass. The hike begins at Pacific Crest Trailhead parking area off Old Highway 40 (Donner Pass Road), which is located 0.1 mile from Sugar Bowl Judah Lodge turnoff and near the Sugar Bowl Academy. This is a moderately strenuous hike on the Pacific Crest Trail and Judah Loop with some elevation gain. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, a sun-hat and carry water and a snack or lunch. You will be asked to sign a simple liability release form. Well-behaved dogs are welcome; please carry a leash.

Tickets for the lecture are free to Squaw Valley Institute members, students and children. Tickets are $10 for non-members. Similar ticket pricing applies to the hike. For tickets or more details visit or call 530-581-4138.

Squaw Valley Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs having artistic, cultural and educational values. The Institute presents lectures, performances, forums, exhibitions and classes in the unique mountain environment of Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe, Truckee and surrounding communities, bringing together visitors, residents and friends in the truest sense of community.

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