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Range of Light Group Outings

All outings include conservation education activities! All Phone numbers are 760 unless otherwise noted. CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Bring water, lunch and snacks, layered clothing, appropriate hiking footwear, hat, sun-screen, bug spray & desired personal items such as cameras, binoculars, and hiking poles.  Contact leader for permission to bring your dog. Abominable weather cancels.

Short Mammoth Lakes area hikes; back before dark; emphasis on local history, natural history, conservation issues etc. dependent upon leader’s interests; all skill levels welcome, including beginners. Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank. Bring water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, camera.
Wear substantial shoes or boots; dress in layers. Contact leader for permission to bring your dog.
Abominable weather cancels.

June 26 (Thursday), The Knolls. Enjoy views of Mammoth Lakes. Contact Dick and Joanne (760-709-5050), rhihn@skidmore.edu

June 29 (Sunday), Hike McGee Creek Trail to Steelhead Lake. 11.2 miles round trip and 2500 ft. elevation gain (mostly in the last 1.2 miles).  Two major stream crossings may require water shoes unless you feel comfortable rock-hopping and/or crossing on logs.  Be prepared for bugs.  Hiking poles will be helpful.  Wildflowers are abundant.  Well-behaved dogs OK.  No food should be left in cars at parking lot.   This will be a great conditioning hike!  Contact Dick & Joanne (760-709-5050), rhihn@skidmore.edu.

July 3 (Thursday)    NO OUTING

July 5 (Saturday), Wilderness 50 Walk. Sierra Club's Range of Light Group, the Wilderness Society, and Friends of the Inyo are co-sponsoring this family friendly day of music, education, guided walks along the Mammoth Lakes Greenway, face-painting and more. All are welcome. Admission is free. This event commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964. COME ONE, COME ALL!!!!  Contact Jeff (423-322-7866), jeff@bodiehills.org.

July 6 (Sunday), NO OUTING

July 10 (Thursday), Tongue-in-cheek, fun “Around the World” outing.  Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank.  Contact John (760-934-1767), salt1143@gmail.com

SATURDAY, JULY 12:  Mono Lake Paddle:  Mono Lake paddle among the tufa, birds, and brine shrimp.    Bring boat, paddle, lunch, water hat, sun screen. PFD (lifejacket) mandatory. Waterproof bag for camera and binoculars advised. Some space in boats may be available, CALL TO RESERVE. Meet ML Union Bank parking lot 8 am, or Navy Beach, 8:45 am. Leaders: John (760-934-1767salt1143@gmail.com), Maurica (760-932-7175), Maurica_And@yahoo.com. No dogs.

July 13 (Sunday), Hike the Starkweather Trail. Slow-paced, 4 mi wildflower discovery walk down the Starkweather Trail from Minaret Vista to Starkweather Lake  Allow 2-3 hours for this mostly downhill hike to view flowers and learn about  distribution of trees by elevation. $7.00 shuttle fee (exact $). Optional extension: ride the shuttle to park headquarters and hike another mile to Devil’s Postpile.  We will supply hand lenses.  Meet 8:30 ML Union Bank or 9:00am Minaret Vista Trailhead. No dogs. Contact Jean (760-648-7109), dillinghamjean@gmail.com or Wilma (760-934-3764), Wilma.bryce@verizon.net

July 17 (Thursday), Heart Lake from Coldwater Campground. Short 2.4mi hike from campground to Heart Lake.  550' gain. Meet 5:30 pm Mammoth Union Bank. Dogs OK. Contact Malcolm (760-924-5639), WMalcolm.Clark@gmail.com

July 20 (Sunday),  South Lake to Treasure Lakes. This moderate hike, 6mi rt, 900’ gain, begins on the Bishop Pass Trail. We will cross the head waters of South Lake, continue up switchbacks to Lower and Upper Treasure Lakes.  Meet: 8 AM Mammoth Union Bank. Dogs ok. Contact Brigitte (760-924-2140), jungberman@mac.com, or Sandy (714-336-8729), kburnsides@aol.com or Sherry (909-709-2970), hikerlady@verizon.net

July 24 (Thursday), Explore Inyo Craters with a student of volcanoes. learn about volcanism in the Mammoth area, Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank. Contact Mike & Mary (805-217-5563), marymikeshore@gmail.com

July 27 (Sunday). Virginia Lakes to Summit Pass.  6 mi RT, 1300’ gain, meander among forest, meadow, and stair-step alpine lakes to an 11,120’ pass framed by rugged peaks. Wild flowers and panoramic views.  Meet 8 AM Mammoth Union Bank, or 8:50 Virginia Lakes trailhead.  Dogs OK. Contact Maurica (760-932-7175), Maurica_And@yahoo.com

July 31 (Thursday), Convict Lake. dogs ok, Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank, Contact Sally (760-218-0083), sges4d@gmail.com

August 3 (Sunday),  Tyee Lakes, from South Lake. Hike over pass to George Lake and Lake Sabrina, strenuous, 10mi, 1840’ gain to Upper Tyee Lake, 2160’ gain to pass.  Strenuous, possible shuttle trip.  Meet 8am Mammoth Union Bank, Contact Brigitte (760-924-2140), junberman@mac.com or Dick (760-709-5050), rhihn@skidmore.edu.

August 7 (Thursday), TBA. Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank, dogs ok, Dick and Joanne (760-709-5050), rhihn@skidmore.edu

August 10 (Sunday), Deer Lake and Beyond Loop Hike. 11mi rt   from Lake George, first ascending via the Mammoth Crest South Trail to Deer Lakes.   From there, some easy uphill cross country to the summit ridge of Blue Crag at 11,160’ and then a descent into Sky and Gentian Meadows, return to Lake George via TJ and Barrett Lake. 2000’ gain. Meet 8am Mammoth Union Bank, Contact Melissa (760-937-0499), melissas1@verizon.net.

August 14 (Thursday), Explore the ruins of Mammoth City where Mammoth Lakes got its name.  Learn about the history of mining in the area. Dogs ok.  Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank, Contact Mike and Mary (805-217-5563), marymikeshore@gmail.com.

August 17 (Sunday), Yosemite, Tuolumne Meadows to Budd Lake and Cathedral Peak. 6+ mi RT, 1600’ gain along the beautiful Budd Creek gorge on this unmapped, unmaintained trail with views of Unicorn, Coxcomb, and Cathedral peaks.  Forest, wildflowers, green grass and granite.  No dogs.  Meet 8 am Mammoth Union Bank, or 8:45 Tioga Road ranger station. Contact Maurica (760-932-7175), Maurica_And@yahoo.com.

August 21 (Thursday), TBA. Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank, dogs ok, Contact Sally (760-218-0083), sges4d@gmail.com

August 24 (Sunday), Hike to Lamarck Lakes. 5.8 mi RT, 1847’ gain, strenuous.  Meet 8am Mammoth Union Bank. Contact Sherry (909-709-2970), hikerlady@verizon.net or Dick (760-709-5050), rhihn@skidmore.edu.
August 28 (Thursday), Gull Lake Trail. Short 2 mi loop trail, dogs ok, Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank, Contact Jean (760-648-7109), dillinghamjean@gmail.com

August 31 (Sunday), NO OUTING

September 4 (Thursday), Crystal Lake. Trail overlooks Lake Basin and passes through beautiful forested area. 3mi rt, dogs ok, Contact Sally (760-218-0083), sges4d@gmail.com

September 7 (Sunday), Benetteville. Hike in the Mine Creek drainage to Shell, Fantail, and Spuller Lakes with a stop at Cord Wood Ridge. Meet 8:00am ML Union Band. dogs ok, Contact Mary K  (760-934-0356), mkp@npgcable.com

September 11 (Thursday), Sky Meadows. Classic hike past Emerald Lake to meadow dominated by breathtaking cliffs. 4 mi rt, 900’ gain, dogs ok, Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank, Contact Sally (760-218-0083), sges4d@gmail.com

September 13 (Saturday), Bird Outing. Local bird experts lead a morning of birding in the Mammoth Lakes area. Look for resident birds, migrants, and there may be some surprises. Location to be determined pending weather conditions and bird activity. Meet 7:45am ML Union Bank. Binoculars necessary. Meet 7:45am Mammoth Union Bank, no dogs, Contact Karen (949-240-3956), kmschlaep@cox.net or Dick (760-709-5050), rhihn@gmail.com

September 14 (Sunday), Horton Lake. (10,000’), 6 mile RT hike along old mining road, moderate, possible optional hike to Upper Horton Lake, 2200’ gain, trailhead passed Buttermilk Country, Meet 8am Mammoth Union Bank. Contact Brigitte (760-924-2140), jungberman@mac.com or Dick (760-709-5050), rhihn@gmail.com.

September 18 (Thursday), TJ/Barrett Lakes. Loop trail starts at Lake George and swings around Lake Mary. 4mi rt. dogs ok, Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank, Contact Sally (760-218-0083), sges4d@gmail.com

September 21 (Sunday), Ediza Lake from Agnew Meadows. 13.5mi rt, 1225’ gain.   Trail between Shadow Lake and Ediza is especially beautiful with several overlook areas above the creek, please bring $7 (per adult) for shuttle bus.   Dogs ok, a leash and muzzle are required for shuttle bus. http://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm  Meet 8am Mammoth Union Bank, Contact Melissa (760-937-0499), melissas1@verizon.net

September 25 (Thursday), Mammoth Creek. dogs ok, Meet 5:30pm Mammoth Union Bank, Contact Sally (760-218-0083), sges4d@gmail.com.

September 27 (Saturday), Hike from Pine Creek to Mosquito Flats with car shuttle, 12mi, 3000’ gain, strenuous, no dogs, Meet 7am Mosquito Flats parking area,  Contact Cindy (908-763-1708), candj@schat.com.

September 28 (Sunday), Lyell Canyon in Yosemite National Park.  This 14mi RT hike along the John Muir Trail has a gentle grade. Start in Tuolumne Meadows, follow JMT towards Donahue Pass passing through meadows along Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River.  At lunch, the hike leader will read excerpts from John Muir's work. Meet 8am at the Mobil Station in Lee Vining. Look for Jeff's Toyota Tacoma. No dogs. Space limited to 15 hikers.
Contact Jeff (423-322-7866), jeff@bodiehills.org

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Dogs are usually not permitted on outings unless otherwise stated in the write-up. Watch for these abbreviations: DOK = dogs OK; DL = dogs limited, check with leaders; ND = no dogs. Local government leash laws apply.

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