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6C Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter A weekend excursion, and more developments at Lassen DELAINE FRAGNOLI Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews,com *** from the peak parking area. reservations, call (925) 462- park's south entrance station, and/or strenuous work activi- I have a confession to make: Once the trail opens for the 1400. The trail descends along a ties. Advance registration is I have lived in Plumas County season, it will be open to the *** flower-sprinkled meadow that required. To register or if you for more than a decade and I summit Friday through Sun- Speaking of construction, lines Kings Creek, The trail have questions about the pro- have yet to climb Lassen day, except while the Califor- work is underway on a project continues to drop onto a se- ject, contact Merrit Hoeh, Peak. The prospect is getting nia Conservation Corps as- to rebuild the fire-damaged ries of sparsely timbered(916) 285-1838, e-mail: more and more enticing with sists with the restoration July Devil's Corral Trestle on the benches to a point 1.6 miles a major reworking of the trail. 28 - Aug. 4, Aug. 11 - 18 and Bizz Johnson National from the trailhead. The work will resume the Lassen Park and its founda- Aug. 25 - Sept. 1: Recreation Trail west of Su- A mile of climbing bringsfollowing week, July 26- 29. tion are beginning the "Reach Trail accessibility informa- sanville. Detours around the hikers to Sifford Lake, the *** the Peak" rehabilitation pro- tion is available on the park construction area are in place largest of a cluster of shallow Just when you thought it ject to widen and restore the website at for hikers, runners and bicy- glaciated lakes. The group was safe to recreate... The 2.5-mile Lassen Peak Trail. clists, will observe how the plants Sierra Fund has released the The five-year, $2.2 million ent-lassen-peak-trail-sta- Completion is scheduled for are adapted to the harsh win- Gold Country Recreational project kicks offwith an opening tus.htm. October said Dayne Barron, ter weather and shallow soils. Trails and Abandoned Mines event and free park entrance this The Reach the Peak Project manager of the Bureau ofViews -- of Lassen and Rak- Assessment, which docu- Saturday, July 17, from 11 a.m. to is funded from such sources Land Management Eagle Lake er peaks, Drakesbad and Lake ments that outdoor enthusi- 3 p.m. in the Lassen Peak as the American Recovery Field Office. Almanor -- are broad and asts, including OHV riders, parking lot. and Reinvestment Act, user "Part of the trail will be spectacular, mountain bikers, hikers and The park trail crew has fees, partnership with the temporarily rerouted and a Wear sturdy shoes and equestrians, are recreating in been working to stabilize the Lassen Park Foundation, and temporary wooden tunnel will bring water, lunch and in- abandoned mine areas that trail as snow continues to donations from visitors. You be built to enable trail visitors sect/sun protection. Callare contaminated with dan- melt from the peak. The park may contribute directly to the to pass safely through the con- leader Gerry at 893-5123 for gerous levels of lead, arsenic anticipates opening the full Reach the Peak Fund at struction zone," Barron said. meeting location, and asbestos. trail to the summit"We are pleased that full use *** In some cases, these folks July 16, just in time for the Contact the foundation direct- of the trail will not be compro- The Sierra Buttes Trail are being encouraged to visit celebration, ly at The Lassen Park Founda- mised during the project." Stewardship and the Pacific contaminated sites because of- The plan is to restore the tion, Reach the Peak Fund, Construction crews will re- Crest Trail Association will ficially sanctioned recreation- upper 1.3 miles of the trail to P.O. Box 3155, Chico, CA place the burned eastern sec- continue their trail workal trails in National Forests the original width of four feet, 95927-3155 or call 898-9309. tion of the 270-foot-long trestle near Mount Elwell the week have been routed on, through and the lower 1.2 miles to six *** with a new steel span de- of July 19 - 22. Volunteers can and into abandoned mine feet. Lassen Volcanic National signed to resemble the rest of come out for the day or the lands, old mill sites, mine tail- A vault evaporator toilet Park now offers group tours, the 96-year-old structure. The full trip. Volunteers will join ings and waste rock piles. will be installed halfway up led by park concessionaire entire bridge will be repaint- the SBTS crew on the LongAt the Foresthill OHV area the trail in a low-profile shel- California Guest Services, ed, and new railing and deck- Lake Trail between the Mount in and around the abandoned ter. with an interpretive guide ing will be added. An interpre- Elwell Trail intersection and Marrall Chrome Mine pit, Turnouts will be restored and lunch, tive exhibit will be installed to spillway of Long Lake. samples showed up to 40 per- on several switchbacks to ac- The tours take in some ofprovide information of the They will perform heavy cent asbestos and off-the-chart commodate groups or provide the park's best hydrothermal history of the trestle that trail maintenance and an area for hikers to rest. features, including Bumpass spans the Susan River at a restoration, which will in- levels of lead in the soil on A trail to the true summit Hell and Sulphur Works, with height of 70 feet. clude the construction of rock trails where families ride. will be established and a sum- stops at Manzanita Lake, Lake The trestle, built to carry walls, rock steps and drainage But there was some good mit register will be available Helen and Lassen Peak. trains over the river, was structures, news: The study found that several popular areas, includ- for hikers to sign. Tours can be customized for damaged by a wildfire in July The crew will camp near A route will be established different types of travelers, to 2000. Mud Lake (the camping loca- ing the Downieville Downhill in the crater area and new in- feature just photo stops, or *** tion will be accessible by car) mountain bike trails, the Eu- terpretive information will be take in short walks or longer, The Mt. Lassen Chapter of and hike 2 - 5 miles daily to reka Diggings OHV Area and provided, ranger-led hikes, the California Native Plant the worksite. Elevation the Western States Trail near The park's radio repeater Lunch will be offered either Society will visit Sifford ranges from 6,500 to 7,500 feet. Foresthill, while they pass will be removed, at one of the lake stops, or at Lakes in Lassen VolcanicNo experience is necessary, several abandoned mines, do A nice addition will be a the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visi- National Park on Sunday,Tools, training and meals are not pose a health threat to connector trail to link the tars Center at the park'sJuly 25. provided, recreational users. Manzanita Creek Trail to the southwest entrance. This 5.2-mile round-tripThis project is recommend- Full copies of this study peak parking area. The tours do not include hike starts in Lassen Park at ed for volunteers with ad- may be downloaded at The Work on the peak trail is transportation, and require a the Kings Creek Trailhead, vanced fitness levels due to Sierra Fund's website, sierra- limited to the very short sum- minimum of 10 people. Forabout 15.5 miles from the significant elevation change mer season. Hikers are likely to encounter workers, tools and materials while visiting FISHING REPORT the area. Please follow in- structions posted on all signs; Middle Fork Feather River they are there for your safety. Camp Layman and Sloat During trail work, closures area fishing is good. The wa- ofthe Lassen Peak Trail are ter level is dropping and possible at anytime without warming up. Fishing through notice. Most of the work on moving water is the best bet. the trail will take place Man- The Middle Fork Feather day through Thursday. On River to be stocked in coming these days, the trail will be weeks. closed at the "Grandview" Report courtesy of Ace area, approximately 1.3 miles Mountain Hardware & Sports; 836-2589 I finally got around to ex- ploring Grass Valley Reser- voir, on the southern edge of the Plumas National Forest near La Porte. A mention in the Plumas County Visitors Guide of a 13-mile trail around the lake had piqued my inter- est years ago. So we packed up the kid, the puppy, bicycles and a canoe and headed up for the July 4 weekend. The plentiful campgrounds were near capacity, but we lucked into a site just across from the lake. Sites are $22 a night, $24 for lakeside ones. We spent the first afternoon canoeing. No sooner had we launched, than the puppy jumped out of the canoe. It was back to shore for us. Take two worked, and the puppy sat and stayed until we could find an isolated inlet, where we proceeded to swim and he chased geese. The next day we attempted the round-the-lake trail. It's paved through the camp- grounds, but turns to dirt as it heads to the horse camp at the northeast end of the lake. We rolled along on our mountain bikes for a few miles before coming upon the first of many downed trees. It must have been a heck of win- ter up there, because there was downfall everywhere. Af- ter we were on and off our bikes five or six times in a half-mile, we decided we had better turn around. Such things are bound to happen when you venture out and about. Now we have an excuse to go back. The last day we hiked to Bald Mountain on the north end of the lake. The trailhead is at the horse camp. There were no mileages posted, but I guesstimate it was about a 2.5- mile climb, with the summit at 6,255 feet. As its name implies, the peak is nearly treeless, which means there are great views. We could see all of the lake, the lookouts on Pilot Peak and Saddleback, and in the oppo- site direction, Lassen Peak. years experience with Social Sicurity 1-877-832-8757 DISABILITY se habla espafiol j Lakes Basin Gold Lake: Warmer weath- er driving Macs to the bottom. Trolling with needlfish, flash- ers with crawlers or wedding rings along north side is pro- ducing fish. Salmon Lake: Fishing the cove by the outlet seeing lim- its. Power bait, inflated crawlers, and gold Kastmas- ters. Packer Lake: Scheduled to be stocked this week. Sardine Lake: Fishing from with SWl0 Kastmasters or yourhook. boats doing better than fromnightcrawlers and PowerBait.Report courtesy of The shore. Fishing by inlet bestCrickets are working also. Sports Nut; 258-3327 bet. For browns and rainbows of Report courtesy of Ace decent size, the dam might be Frenchman Lake Mountain Hardware & Sports; a good spot. The weekend W sa excellent 836-2589 Boat fishing: good reports for fun in the sun and lots of from trollers taking fish with fishing. LaRe Davis red/gold speedy shiners and Jacob Booms of Reno, Nev., As of July 9, fishing at various Rapalas -- add carp caught a nice rainbow trout at Lake Davis has remained spit or trophy trout. Go down the damfromthe shore. Using about the same. PowerBait 10 to 30 feet along the East or nightcrawlers, Jacob caught a worms, nightcrawlers and West shores for good size 1-1/2 pound trout, about 16 PowerBait are still working browns and rainbows. Heard inches in length. best. For trolling, the #2 many excellent reports by the Hayley Stoika and Caiden sockeye slammer, fire tiger dam for salmon with anchovy Casso caught their limits of and the Dick Nite are still tails (sardines) withsize#1 or rainbow trout at Night- the best. The damsels are #2 octopus hook a few crankscrawlers Bay using worms hatching periodically, off the bottom. Smallmouth and PowerBait July 4, Califor- Report courtesy of Sierra Su- are picking up as the weather nia's free fishing day, Length was from 12 inches to 18 inch- per Stop/Dollard's; 832-5251improves at the points and drop-offs all around the lake es, weight was from 1 to 2 pounds per fish. Lake Almanor with various rubber worms. 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