Pacific Valley Hike
A wonderful time was had in the Sierra this fall, as more than 30 hikers joined our guided hikes into the Pacific Valley east of Arnold, and Granite and Hidden Lakes above Silver Lake. Led by CalWild’s Steve Evans
and Foothill Conservancy Executive Amanda Nelson, hikers came from as far away as Chico and Helena, Montana. Most were from Amador and Calaveras counties. The Pacific Valley hike was co-sponsored by Sierra Forest Legacy.
The hikers enjoyed heavily forested canyon slopes and valleys, beautiful vistas, rocky streams running through late-blooming wildflower meadows, and stunning fall foliage mirrored by natural high-country lakes.
The hikes took place in potential additions to the federally designated Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne Wilderness areas. Decisions on future wilderness designations will be part of the updates of the long-term management plans for the Stanislaus and Eldorado national forests. Our organizations will be involved in those updates, and we’ll be encouraging you to weigh in to ensure that our free-flowing rivers and special places are protected for generations to come.
We’ll also be holding more hikes next year. Stay tuned for details! If you’re not on our e-mail notification list, please contact Carolyn in our office and ask her to add you in. You can call her at 209-223-3508 (weekday mornings) or send her an e-mail.