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Hikes to be offered

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The California Department of Parks and Recreation Sierra District and the nonprofit Sierra State Parks Foundation are sponsoring several fun and educational winter activities that appeal to outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

All tours go as scheduled, though the goal may be changed in extreme conditions. Be sure to wear adequate clothing for weather conditions. Pets are not allowed on the hikes. The state does not provide transportation. Although the activities are free to the public, in some cases day use parking fees may apply.

Full Moon Ski Tour, Friday

Ski by the light of the full moon to historic China Cove at Donner Memorial State Park. Enjoy a warm fire and views of Donner Lake. This an easy two-mile tour. Meet at 7 p.m. at the Donner Memorial State park, Emigrant Trail Museum parking lot. Cross country skis only, no snowshoes. Bring snacks to eat at China Cove. Call for weather conditions – the hike will be cancelled if moon is obscured by clouds. For more information, call 582-7892.

Overnight Survival, Saturday

For the beginning mountaineer to the seasoned explorer, this program at Sugar Pine Point State Park is for all ability levels. Join state park rangers on this overnight excursion in the winter wilderness. Informal discussions and demonstration of winter shelters, avalanche awareness, winter medicine, self-rescue and survival will be offered. Pre-reservation is required. The group size limited to 15 on a first come, first served basis. This is for the advanced beginner to intermediate skiing skills required. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Pine Point State Park cross country ski area parking lot. Bring skiing equipment, shelter or tools, proper clothing and extra warm clothes, food and snacks for the evening campfire. For more information, call 525-7232.


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