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2C Wednesday, Sept, 7, 2011 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Activities planned to celebrate new trail DELAINE FRAGNOLI Managing Editor dfragnoli@plumasnews.com September and October are, by far, my favorite months of the year for out- door excursions in Plumas County, with their temperate weather and fall colors. I must not be alone, given the number of outings scheduled for the next month. The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship will celebrate National Public Lands Day the weekend of Sept. 24 - 25 in the Lakes Basin Recre- ation Area, outside of Graea- gle. If you want to camp, you can grab a site at the group camp at Lakes Basin Camp- ground after 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Bring something to barbecue for dinner. Saturday activities get un- der way at 9:30 a.m. with breakfast at the campground, or meet the group at 10:30 a.m. at Mills Peak Lookout for some work on the new Mills Peak Trail. Tools and supervision are provided; you bring gloves, work boots or shoes, and a backpack. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 2 p.m. to celebrate the new trail. The day ends with a barbecue back at camp. Sunday breakfast is at 8 a.m. Folks can head out on an epic mountain bike ride or chose an easier ride or hike in the area. RSVP at sierratrails.org so organizers can reserve enough campsites and order sufficient food. I recently joined SBTS for a workday on the Bucks Creek Loop near Bucks Summit. While the profes- sional trail crew worked on laying a bridge over the creek, volunteers cleared grass and shrubbery from several turnpikes (elevated paths through wet, muddy spots). As soon as the bridge is complete, estimated to be this week, the trail will be 100 percent passable by foot or bike. What it needs now is more use! Nothing like lots of boots and tires to help keep the trail cleared out. You can access it at Bucks Summit (don't get on the Pa- cific Crest Trail by mistake), Whitehorse Campground or the trailhead where Bucks Lake Road crosses Bucks Creek (just before you get to the lake proper). It's about 4.5 miles in length and very moderate in terms of elevation gain. The Lassen Land and Trails Trust has released the Modoc Line Management Plan for public review and comment. Comments are due by Sept. 30. For more infor- mation, visit lltt.org. For those of you who haven't heard, the Modoe Line is 86 miles of aban- doned railroad grade ripe for a rails-to-trails conver- sion. The trail runs north from Wendel to 12 miles south of Alturas. Just how the trail should be developed and used is the subject of the plan. Connections with the existing Bizz Johnson Trail. which runs from Susanville to Westwood, and from there to Lake Almanor are a real possibility, What an amazing asset that would be to Modoc, Lassen and Plumas counties! Before you groan at the thought of plodding through the plan. I have to confess that I found it strangely en- grossing. Although it has its bureaucratic moments it refers to LLTT as the Interim Trail Management Entity (ITME) I particularly en- joyed the history section. Check it out and let LLTT know how you want to use the trail -- biking, hiking, skiing, hunting - there are lots of options and opportuni- ties. An open house has been scheduled Tuesday, Looking for a car or truck? NO HASSLES NO EXTRA EXPENSE I can get you a new car or truck, virtually any make and model, for less than you are likely to pay going to a dealership in Reno, Chico or Sacramento! LET MY 40+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORK FOR YOU! Quincy Auto Co. 530-283-CARS (2277) or 530-966-5463 1970 E. Main St., Quincy Sept. 13, 5 p.m. at the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot. Richmond Road in Su- sanville. The Yahi Group of the Sier- ra Club. out of Chico, has a Wade Lake backpack trip planned for this weekend, Saturday- Sunday, Sept. 10- ll. The outing begins at Plumas-Eureka State Park. The trail is three miles long and gains about 1,000 feet. to a sparkling blue tam in a bowl of gorgeous granite walls. Swimming, day hiking and photogt:aphy are options. Sunday, the group will drop down to see two very differ- ent lakes on the way out. Bring backpacking essen- tials, swimsuits, sturdy boots, food and water (a group water filter will be available at camp). Leader has some gear to loan. Rain or snow cancels. Interested? You must call the leader in advance: John at 872-8258. The Sierra Institute has a new tour of interest to out- door enthusiasts. "Lassen Park to Bumpass Hell" explores the largest concentration of hy- drothermal features in Lassen National Park. The tour meets at the Almanor Ranger Station in Chester at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. A bus will transport you through Lassen Park to the trailhead to begin the 1.5- mile hike. Bumpas,s Hell is a wide basin filled with steaming pools, boiling pots and soils stained orange, brown, yel- low and green by sulfur and other minerals. Wear hiking boots or com- fortable walking shoes, and bring a water bottle. To register, contact Lauri Rawlins-Betta at 284-1022 or lrawlins@ sierrainstitute.us. For more iliformation, visit sierrainstitute.us. The Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society has several outings in September. Alternate meeting sites can be arranged to accommodate those living in Plumas Coun- ty. All trips are open to the public. The group treks from Hat Lake to Paradise Meadow in Lassen Volcanic National Park this Sunday, Sept. 11. For wildflowers during midsummer, Paradise Meadows is one of the best areas in the park, say orga- nizers, who expect many flowers will still be in bloom due to this year's delayed snowmelt. Elephant head, gentian, scarlet gilia, satin lupine; columbine, lupine, monkshood, penstemon, Copeland's owl's clover and bog orchid are among the flowers you'll likely find. From Hat Lake the trail climbs 700 vertical feet over a distance of 1.4 miles to the meadow. The following weekend, Sunday, Sept. 18, the group returns to Lassen to visit Willow Lake and Terminal Glacier. From the camp- ground at the south end of Willow Lake, you hike along the east shore to the trail to Terminal Geyser, about 1.5 miles on the south side of Lassen Park. On the way back, you may follow the west shore of the lake and cross over to a re- markable floating bog that occupies the west side. This island largely consists of sedge plants but also has two species of sundews and many of their interspecific hybrids. You will also see many Scheuchzeria palustris plants, a species thought to be extinct in California but rediscovered here in 1988. Be prepared to get your feet wet. The group returns to Lassen for a third outing to Forest Lake and Brokeoff Trail on Sunday, Sept. 25. Beginning near the south- west entrance of Lassen Park at the Brokeoff Mountain trailhead at 6.600 feet, the group will climb 1.5 miles along a small creek bordered by mountain alder and enter a magnificent old-growth red fir/western white pine forest to a small lake at the base of Mount Brokeoff at 7,300 feet m elevation. Carpets of silvery satin lupine border the trail and the lush meadow harbors yel- low arnica and blue aster. For any of these outings, call leaders for alternate meeting place and time. Wear sturdy shoes and bring lunch, water and sun/insect protection. Leaders: Gerry, 893-5123. and Wes, 342-2293. Lassen Land and Trails Trust continues its Discover Lassen County series with "Summer Milky Way" on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7:30 - 10 p.m. Join guide Bill Faatz at the Lassen Creek Conservation Area for a tour of the night sky. Learn about the open and globular clusters, bright and dark nebulae, and plane- tary nebulae that comprise the Milky Way's structure. All equipment will be provid- ed. Faatz has been actively in- volved in observational as- tronomy for 30 years, includ- ing public outreach and re- search on measuring night sky brightness. He is the past president of the Tri-Valley Stargazers in Livermore and member of Astronomical As- sociation of Northern Cali- fornia and International Dark-Sky Association. His present interest is in large scale Milky Way structure. qr*~ The Bizz Johnson bike shuttle will operate Satur- day, Sept. 17. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) provides a truck and trailer to shuttle bikes from Su- sanville to starting points along the trail. Lassen Rural Bus transports hikers and bike riders as part of its regu- larly scheduled service be- tween Susanville and West- wood. The shuttles allow peo- ple to arrange one-way and mostly downhill trips on the trail without having to plan their own vehicle shut- tles. The BLM shuttle and ac- companying Lassen Rural Bus will depart from the Su- sanville Railroad Depot on Richmond Road at 8:30 a.m., making stops at Devil's Cor- ral U-mile return ride), Fre- donyer Summit (12 miles) and Mason Station (18 miles) en route to the final stop at the Westwood trailhead (30 miles). Separate bike shuttle fees and bus fares vary ac- cording to stop. Participants should be at the Susanville Depot a half- hour before departure to al- low time for bicycle loading. To reserve space, visit the Lassen Land and Trails Trust website, llttweb.org, and click on the event regis- tration link. More informa- tion is available by calling 257-3252. Pheasant hunts scheduled Now Available in Susanville & Surrounding Areas I ASPHALT PAVING CONCRETE BASE ROCK DRAIN ROCK Call for Free Estimates, Asphalt pricing (530) 257-4207 o. . ......... 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