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environmental news of nevada and the eastern sierra from the toiyabe chapter of the sierra club

In Memoriam What, me run for ExCom?

(I don’t even know what that means!)
Michael McCurry Yes, you. You could be a candidate.
1940 - 2010 Or maybe you know another member
Artist, Desert Lover, Conservationist who’d like to be more involved in the
Sierra Club? Now is the time to start
M ichael McCurry was remem-
bered for his fabulous pho-
tography, passion for conservation,
thinking about running for a Toiyabe
Chapter elected position. If the Si-
erra Club is the premiere grassroots,
and free spirit by his friends and col-
democratic environmental group in
leagues in Reno at the Interpretative
Nevada and Eastern California, it is
Gardens on the banks of the Truckee
because people like you make the
River last month
Before moving to Tucson, AZ, Mike
decision to put in time and energy
lived in Reno from 1998 to 2006. In that to make it that way.
short time, Mike served on the Execu- The Toiyabe Chapter has an ExCom,
tive Committees of both the Great Basin as does each of our groups (Great Basin,
Group and the Toiyabe Chapter and Endangered Moapa Dace swims in the sparkling clear water of Moapa Warm Range of Light, Southern Nevada, and
produced the Wild Nevada calendars Springs at the Moapa National Wildlife Refuge. Scientists say that the water Tahoe Area). ExComs – Sierra Club
for both the Sierra Club and Friends of supplying the complex of springs comes from desert valleys in eastern Nevada. lingo for Executive Committees – are
Nevada Wilderness for over 10 years. The springs are the source of Nevada’s Muddy River and are threatened by the teams of people who make your local
McCurry’s passions were many, from proposed massive interbasin water transfer projects. Please see article, page 6. Sierra Club work. They make decisions
his glowing art (see www.MikeMc- (Photo: Dennis Ghiglieri.) and, perhaps even more importantly, do, to the Black Rock Desert the behind-the-scenes work to carry out
(Burning Man aficionado and founder those decisions. Questions of policy,
Grassroots action! resource allocation, priorities, and just
of the counter-celebration, Smoldering
Woman), and protection of the Owyhee
Canyonlands, a wild and beautiful place
water buffaloes about anything else, are handled by
volunteer leaders, from Group commit-
shared by Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho.
Mike felt especially close to this area
meet tsunami of protests tee members to ExCom members to the
Chapter Chair.
where his grandfather ranched in the by Rose Strickland The Chapter Executive Committee is
late 1800s - early 1900s. for people with a fair amount of prior
Sierra Club experience. Group ExComs,
“Mike brought many  people closer
to desert landscapes through his pho-
tographs, his hand-tinted scenes, his
D ue process oppportunity seized! The broad coalition of opponents
of proposed massive interbasin transfers in E. Nevada and W.
Utah exercised their right to protest water decisions affecting senior
however, mostly require willingness to
pitch in and do some work. (Groups are
dauntless leadership on many trips to the most local level of the Sierra Club
water rights and their futures. This was possible due to the Nevada within the Chapter.)
desert places, and his constant promo-
tion of conservation of wild places in
Supreme Court’s affirming due process for citizens in this situation. What you can do
our state,” said David von Seggern, Anti-pumping allies give assistance to details on how to file a protest and If you’d like to get more involved,
one of the organizers of the memorial to affected areas. Southern Nevada how to raise important issues for the and/or have an issue you think the Club
celebration. Water Authority (SNWA) is proposing State Engineer to consider if and when should tackle, running for an office in
On a more personal note, Carol Tresner rural groundwater pumping to provide future water hearings are scheduled, the Club is a great first step.
water for S. Nevada urban centers. they supplied a list and map of where The bottom line is that to run for an
Please see MICHAEL McCURRY, page 2.
Determined to prevent another Owens applications already had been filed. Pro- ExCom position, you need to file paper
Valley disaster, the Sierra Club and its test workshops were held in E. Nevada, work starting next month, in July 2010.
water network allies provided assis- Utah, Las Vegas and Reno. Information (Our elections take place in November.)
tance to affected rural and urban areas was posted on the website of the Great Please see WHAT ME? page 2.
Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter, P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507

Non-Profit Org.

Permit No. 356

Reno, Nevada
U.S. Postage

in the form of information. In addition Please see SAGE GROUSE, page 12.

TRAILS Totally paperless in this issue

In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Toiyabe Trails not an option Nat’l Board of Directors Results . 2
by jean stoess
Lobby Day for Activists . . . . . . . . 3
Sierra Nevada Alliance . . . . . . . . 3
If you’ve been waiting with bated Hard copies aren’t distributed only Range of Light Group . . . . . . 4-5
breath to see if Toiyabe Chapter is going to Toiyabe Chapter members. They are Ruby Pipeline & FERC . . . . . . . . 6
to stop mailing hard copies of Toiyabe also sent to or dropped off at libraries, Washoe County Sprawl . . . . . . . 7
Trails to its members, you can exhale museums, and other high-traffic areas Gold Butte Progress . . . . . . . . . . 7
now. The Trails will continue to be around the Chapter area. Our newslet-
ter helps provide information about the
Hope for Walker Lake . . . . . . . . . 7
published in both hard copy and on the
website. Sierra Club, especially Toiyabe Chapter, GB Peak Section Up & Running. . . 8
When asked if they wanted to con- to the public. Who Will Keep Tahoe Blue? . . . . . 8
tinue receiving Toiyabe Trails by mail, Having Toiyabe Trails on the internet Great Basin Group . . . . . . . . . 8-9
over 50 members responded with a has several advantages over our quarter- Kalaupapa Service Trip . . . . . . . 10
heartfelt “yes.” The responses came via ly hard copy newsletter. For example, it S. Nevada Group . . . . . . . . . 10-11
postcards, telephone, written and typed can be updated at any time. Also, anyone Bookshelf: NV High Points . . . . 12
letters, and, yes, e-mail. We appreciate Chapter ExCom Dates . . . . . . .12
the input. Please see PAPER TRAILS, page 2.
2 july - august - september 2010 Toiyabe Trails

National Sierra Club In Memoriam

2010 Board of Directors election
by Gene Coan
Harriet Burgess
Elected nance, and keeping the Club effective in
Allison Chin (VA) 38,471 pursuing our key mission to Explore, En- Public lands lose a good friend
Donna Buell (IA) 33,116 joy and Protect the planet. The Board is
Robbie Cox (NC)
Jim Dougherty (DC)
the highest governing body in the Club.
It consists of 15 members, of whom five
S ierra Club members were sad-
dened to hear from her family of
the death of Harriet Burgess, founder
Jared Duval (CT) 30,403 stand for election every year.
of the American Land Conservancy,
Runners-up in April. Harriet was instrumental in
Jonathan Ela (WI) 27,404 PAPER TRAILS . . . acquiring many important parcels
Phil Wheeler (CA) 21,996 continued from page 1 of private lands for federal and state
Katherine Pendleton (TN) 20,778
with access to the internet can check up agencies all over the country, but we
Valid returns by Internet 12,705
on Chapter and group activities. remember her for her work in Nevada,
Valid returns by Mail 38,087
To access the Trails online and find out Lake Tahoe, and the Eastern Sierra.
Total valid ballots 50,792
about the latest outings and meetings, One of Harriet’s greatest land deals
Invalid Ballots 351
go to <> in our chapter was the acquisition of
Total ballots distributed 514,972
and click on “Toiyabe Trails Online” Mt. Rose, in the Carson Range between
The Board of Directors of the Sierra (on the left side of the page) or “Chapter Reno and Lake Tahoe. The area, popular
Club is elected to serve the membership Newsletter online” (in the center, under with recreationists and in Reno’s water-
in deciding policy, conducting gover- the group listings). shed, was threatened by a proposed ski
area, condo, golf course, and residential
Toiyabe Chapter Directory development, all of which were avoided
when the lands were purchased and
Chapter Executive Committee Officers transferred to the US Forest Service.
Chair Dave Hornbeck 775-323-6655 Another successful deal protected Bodie State Historic Park from mining
Vice-Chair Jean Stoess 775-322-5326, development. And Harriet deserves
Secretary Jane Feldman 702-648-0699 credit for the acquisition of the historic
Treasurer Kristine Cunningham 702-285-6832 Thunderbird Lodge at Lake Tahoe. Over
At Large Eric Blumensaadt 702-566-9429 30 years, Harriet helped acquire and
At Large Ann Brauer 702-879-3376 preserve lands protecting the natural
At Large Malcolm Clark 760-924-5639 environment at Ash Meadows, High
At Large Charlotte Cox 775-322-7567 Rock Canyon, Rosachi Ranch, Pah Rah Toiyabe Trails
At Large Erik Holland 775-322-3582 and Peavine Mountains, Red Lake and
At Large Glenn Miller 775-786-0462 High Meadows at Lake Tahoe, Carson Serving Nevada
Group Chairs (Delegates to the Chapter Executive Committee) Valley, Pyramid Lake, and the Faye- & California’s E. Sierra
Luther Canyon Trailhead. Toiyabe Trails is published six times each year
Great Basin Group Catherine Schmidt 775-323-6316 According to her fellow workers, Har- by the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club,
Range of Light Group Malcolm Clark 760-924-5639 riet began her career in the early 1970s, P.O. Box 8096, Reno, NV 89507, to help keep
S. Nevada Group Kristine Cunningham 702-285-6832 volunteering for the Washington DC our members well-informed and better able to
Tahoe Area Group Roger Rosenberger 775-588-8101 office of the Sierra Club. She worked
protect the environment—for our families, for
our future.
issues, outings, & committees as a congressional assistant and for the Editor – Lynne Foster (94 Mountain View
Trust for Public Lands before founding Drive, Swall Meadows, Bishop, CA 93514-9207;
Campaign Coordinator Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 ALC on Earth Day, 1990. 760-387-2634; <>; fax avail-
Chapter Delegate Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 Her family remembers her natural able, call first.
Chapter Delegate Graham Stafford Assoc. Editor – Kathy Morey (760-938-2050).
beauty, vibrant energy and enthusiasm.
Conservation Co-Chair Yuki Takagi 702-263-7327 Kathy usually does one issue each year.
Those of us who worked with Harriet re- Deadlines – Contributions are due by the
Conservation Co-Chair Dennis Ghiglieri 776-329-6118
Elections Chair Erik Holland 775-322-3582 member her passion and tireless energy, 1st of the month for publication in the following
her creative approaches to land acquisi- month’s issue: December 1 for January-Febru-
Endangered Species Chair Tina Nappe 775-786-1178 ary-March; March 1 for April-May-June; June
Energy Task Force Chair Joe Johnson 775-348-7192 tions, and her breathless phone calls, 1 for July-August-September; September 1 for
Environmental Ed. Chair Jean Dillingham 760-648-7109 asking for help to resolve difficulties, October-November-December.
Fundraising Chair Charlotte Cox 775-322-7567 contact donors and allies, and answer a Submissions – Call or e-mail editor before
deadline for late submissions. Submit news, sto-
Legislative & Mining Co-Chair Lois Snedden 775-827-2353 million questions, all with urgent dead-
ry ideas, photos, and letters-to-the-editor to the
Legislative & Mining Co-Chair Joe Johnson 775-348-7192 lines. Harriet will be missed. editor (contact info above). Please include your
Membership Chair Sharon Marie Wilcox 775-852-5075 name, phone/fax, e-mail address, and group with
Outings Chair Eric Blumensaadt 702-566-9429 all contributions. You may send contributions by
Outreach & Public Rel. Chair Launce Rake 702-451-9363 michael mccurry . . . e-mail or on a PC-compatible disk (Word, text,
or ascii). Please send hard copy by snail mail
Political Co-Chair Taj Ainlay 702-682-9361 continued from page 1
Political Co-Chair Ellen Pillard 775-746-1726 for all submissions on disk. For photo or disk
return, please include a stamped, self-addressed
Political Co-Chair Erik Holland 775-322-3582 said “If I were asked the one defining envelope. The Toiyabe Trails reserves the right
775-324-7383, pjs- quality of this ever-gentle soul, I would to edit all contributions for reasons of space,
Political Compliance Officer Pete Sferrazza reply his intense, pervasive spirituality. clarity, slander, or libel.
Public Lands Chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 Subscriptions – Toiyabe Trails is free to all
I believe it guided his every moment
Ruby Pipeline Task Force Chair David von Seggern 775-303-8461 Toiyabe Chapter members. Subscription cost for
as it was to him like water to a fish. non-members is $12 per year. To subscribe, send
Sierra Club Council Delegate Jane Feldman 702-648-0699 check for $12, payable to “Toiyabe Chapter,” to
Sierra Club Council Delegate Jean Stoess 775-322-5326 His photographic treatments of cloud
formations expressed the divinity of Toiyabe Trails Subscriptions, Sierra Club, Toi-
Sierra Club Staff, Reno Emily Rhodenbaugh 775-284-8695 yabe Chapter, c/o Treasurer. Contact Treasurer,
Sierra Club W. Reg. Organizer Vinny Spotleson 702-732-7750 nature.” Kris Cunningham (702-285-6832) for address.
Sierra Student Coalition Vinny Spotleson 702-732-7750 Change of address – Postmaster & Members,
Sierra Student Coalition Glenn Miller 775-786-0462 please send address changes to Sierra Club, Change
Sustainable Consumption Chair Phillip Moore 775-224-1877 what me? . . . of Address, P. O. Box 52968, Boulder, CO 80322-
2968 or <>.
Toiyabe Trails Editor Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 continued from page 1 Membership information – There is a mem-
Toiyabe Trails Ed. Comm. Chair Jean Stoess 775-322-5326 bership coupon in each issue of Toiyabe Trails.
Water Chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 For more information, contact your You can also call the Chapter Membership Chair
Webmaster Dennis Ghiglieri 776-329-6118 group chair or Chapter Nominating (see Chapter Directory, this page) or the Sierra
Wild Lands Chair Marge Sill 775-322-2867 Committee members. Phone numbers Club office in San Francisco (415-977-5663).
Other Sierra Club information – Call the Toiyabe
Wilderness Chair Marge Sill 775-322-2867 are in the directories on pages 2, 4, 8, Chapter Chair or Conservation Chair (see Chapter
Wildlife Co-chair Rose Strickland 775-329-6118 and 10. Directory, this page) or the Sierra Club Information
Wildlife Co-Chair Tina Nappe 775-786-1178 — thanks to the Bay Chapter’s Yodeler Center in San Francisco (415-977-5653). Also, see
newsletter for the “What, me . . .” template group pages for website addresses of groups.
Toiyabe Trails July - august - september 2010 3

Sierra Club California Clair Tappaan Lodge

Lobby Day in Sacramento Summer-Fall Desert Trips 6th Annual Fundraiser
August 15-16, 2010
by annie pham
T he CNRCC Desert Committee’s purpose is to work for protec-
tion, preservation, and conservation of California/Nevada desert.
All Desert Committee activities, unless stated otherwise, are suitable
August 13-15, 2010
Located at 7000 feet off Soda
Springs offramp of Highwy 80, Clair
Come join us in Sacramento for our for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. The average car or high clearance Tappaan Lodge provides a respite from
annual Lobby Day! Be part of a team vehicle will be adequate for most trips. For a good guide to desert travel we the summer heat. At last year’s fund
that will help Sierra Club California recommend the Sierra Club book, Adventuring in the California Desert, raiser, we had to move the Sunday
pass our priority bills during the most by Lynne Foster. breakfast indoors because we were con-
exciting and challenging time of the
year at the State Capitol. You’ll have op-
For questions about, or to sign up for, a particular outing, please cerned the milk would freeze. Freeze
contact leader listed in write-up. For questions about Desert Com- in August?
portunities to work with other activists Yes, our August fund raiser, scheduled
and our professional lobbying staff, as mittee outings in general, or to receive outings list by e-mail, please this year for August 13-15, offers sunny
well as with legislators and their staff. contact Kate Allen (, 661-944-4056). days, exciting and invigorating hikes,
On Sunday afternoon, our advocacy and crisp nights.
team will train you on how to lobby and Hikes! Ernie Malamud, Chair of the
brief you on our priority bills so you can event, will once again offer a multi-
effectively advocate for them. On Mon-
day, you’ll work the halls of the Capitol
Sierra Club California/Nevada tude of guided hikes on Saturday and
as teams, with meetings scheduled from Regional Conservation Committee Sunday. Many hikes will have a theme.
In addition, there will be hikes to an
morning through afternoon. alpine lake for lunch and swimming, a
August 21-22 (Sat-Sun) ghosts of California’s colorful past?
It’s possible to have fun and save our few vigorous hikes, and still others for
environment at the same time! Past BRISTLECONE PINES Come with us to this spooky desert
Come with us to the beautiful White landscape near Death Valley. Camp at people who prefer an easier, shorter
participants have found Lobby Day
to be an eye-opening and rewarding Mtns to camp, hike, just relax. On Sat- historic ghost town of Ballarat (flush
experience. Participants should expect urday, hike the Ancient Bristlecone Pine toilets, hot showers). On Saturday, do
to pay some costs, but some travel reim- Forest on moderate 5 mi RT interpre- challenging hike to ghost town Look-
bursements will be available, depending tive trail, followed by picnic lunch and out City with expert Hal Fowler, who
on location. short optional hike to nearby old mining will regale us with eerie tales of this
cabin. Back at camp, enjoy Happy Hour, wild west town. Later, return to camp
What you can do potluck feast, campfire. Sunday, pack for Happy Hour and special holiday
For more information and to register, up and head home. Group size strictly potluck feast, followed by midnight
contact Annie Pham (lobbyday@sierra- limited. Info: contact leader, Lygeia visit to ghosts and goblins in Ballarat’s, 916-557-1100, x 107). Gerard (760-868-2179). graveyard. On Sunday, quick visit to the
CNRCC Desert Committee infamous Riley townsite before heading This lake hike is one we do each year.
home. Group size strictly limited. Info: It’s a short one that ends with a swim
SAVE THE DATE! October 30-31 (Sat-Sun)
contact leader, Lygeia Gerard (760- and a bag lunch.
Sierra Nevada Alliance What could be more appropriate this
CNRCC Desert Committee
foray intoTahoe National Forest.
17th Annual Conference Halloween weekend than visiting the Other Saturday activities will include
lunch at the historic Warming Hut, wa-
August 27 & 28, 2010 tercolor techniques, etc.
Lake Tahoe Community Final arrangements are being made
College, S. Lake Tahoe, CA and speakers, events, and hike leaders
will be announced soon on the Clair
Keeping the Sierra Resilient Tappaan Lodge website. Watch for
Strategies and partnerships for prices and details at <www.ctl.sierra-
helping communities and our>.
Reservations! Consider making a
natural world thrive in this century! reservation and joining the fun and
A growing population, changing great camaraderie with fellow lodge
climate, and degrading natural resources enthusiasts. Proceeds will benefit the
mean that the Sierra Nevada needs to Lodge and the Sierra Club’s Clair Tap-
be resilient. The Sierra is a foundation paan Lodge Environmental Education
of California’s and Nevada’s prosperity fund.
– supplying clean water, energy, and What you can do. If you can’t join
recreational refuge to millions. We need us in August, but want to contribute to
the Environmental Education Fund,
just write a tax deductible check to
“CTL Environmental Education Fund”
and mail to Peter Lehmkuhl, General
Manager, Clair Tappaan Lodge, P.O.
Box 36, Norden, 95724.

Island Hopping in Channel Islands National Park CONFERENCE . . .

continued from L column
July 16-19 • July 30- August 2 • September 9-11 • October 17-19
Carson Pass: A reminder of what the torneys. There will be two tracks, a
Alliance is about.
to keep alive a strong vision of the beauty
and diversity of our region for the future.
E xplore the wild, windswept islands of Channel Island National Park.
Enjoy the frolicking seals and sea lions. Train your binoculars on
unusual sea and land birds. Hike the trails to find blankets of wildflowers
State track and a Federal track, with
some overlap.
Saturday will begin with an inspi-
We need to adapt to changes we cannot and plants found in no other place on earth. Kayak or snorkel the pristine rational keynote speaker, Member
predict and adopt smarter policies and waters--- or just relax at sea. Group updates, motivating speakers,
programs than in our past. These live-aboard ecotours depart from Santa Barbara aboard the 68-foot twin excellent networking, informative
Join us for our two-day conference! diesel Turth. Fee ($785 for July trips; $590 for September and October) includes an workshops, and joyous celebration
We’ll kick off on Friday with our Sierra assigned bunk, all meals, snacks, beverages, plus the services of a ranger/naturalist as we explore keeping the Sierra
Legal Services Day. There will be an who will travel with us to lead hikes, call attention to items of interest and present resilient.
excellent legal program focusing on the evening programs. Profits support Sierra Club. Program & registration infor-
needs of activists & conservationists, Reservations. Mail a $100 check (payable to “Sierra Club”) to leader Joan Jones mation. Contact Kay Ogden (530-
and also provide MCLE credit for at- Holtz, 11826 The Wye St., El Monte, CA 91732. Contact leader for more information 542-4546, x. 304) or go to <www.
Please see CONFERENCE, R column. (626-443-0706; (Photo: Joan Jones Holtz.)>.
4 july - august - september 2010 Toiyabe Trails

From Your Summer Outings Committee

by Henning Jensen, ROL Summer Outings Chair

T his year, after Bryce Wheeler stepped down as Outings Chair, our sum-
mer outings were planned by a committee of seven members.

Range of Light Group

Group News

Letter from the Chair

by malcolm clark (
New ROL Group e-mail. Our new email
is (the “sc” on plans to drill new wells and build two new
is for Sierra Club). The address is NOT case plants that will almost double the output of
sensitive. In case of the chair’s extended ab- Mammoth Pacific Geothermal plant.
sence or a new chair, we can simply change Summer outings. Next highway ROL hikers and friends in O’Harrel Canyon on May 9 2010. The canyon is in the
the email forwarding setting. cleanups: 8am, July 21 and Sept 21. If the White Mountains; Owens Valley and Sierra in background. (Photo: Malcolm Clark.)
Group meetings. Our July and August Crestview Rest Area is still closed, meet on
(3rd Tuesday) meetings will be cook-outs. E- east side of Highway 395 intersection and Our objectives and plans. We consider Independence to Bridgeport. We’ve done
mail us or check the web for place and time. Mammoth Scenic loop. Wednesday evening outings, together with conservation, the our best to address interests from hiking to
This March, we enjoyed a presentation and Sunday hikes are now underway as well most important parts of Sierra Club activi- birding, nature walks, kayaking, photogra-
on Devil’s Postpile NM by Supt. Deanna as several special interest hikes (new this ties. It is essential to integrate these two phy tours, day hikes, hikes with car camps,
Dulen, including a letter Deanna recently year) noted elsewhere in the ROL pages. activities so that all outings include ele- overnight hikes, easy to challenging hikes,
discovered in which early Sierra Club lead- Conservation news. With the ap- ments of conservation. “Protect,” together outings with dogs, and outings without
ers urged preservation of Devil’s Postpile. pointment of a new, interim General Man- with “Enjoy” and “Explore”! dogs. We’ll have outings every Wednesday
In April, Jim Nichols of Kern Kaweah ager, the long range solar plans of LADWP However, Outings are also a key to the night, Sundays, and many Saturdays (ex-
Chapter told us about his experiences lead- (Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power) in strength and health of our organization. cept holidays), to accommodate members’
ing an expedition to Nepal (in the 50s) and Owens Valley are unclear. ROL and other Outings encourage members, activate different schedules.
later to Mt. Denali. local groups continue to monitor the situa- leaders, and attract new members. In order   We hope this program will result in many
In May, Ron Leiken of Ormat updated us Please see CHAIR’S LETTER, page 5. to meet the many needs of our members new faces among the familiar ones on this
and future members, outings planning summer’s outings. However, please let us
must do its best to provide a broad variety know if there is anything we’ve missed, so
On May 1, Rosemary Jarrett was staffing
the Range of Light and Club information of outings. we can continue to improve the program. 
booth at the Tri-County Fairgrounds Fortunately, the ROL Outings Commit- Thanks! Finally, a big “Thank you!” to
in Bishop when Smokey dropped by. tee has wide expertise and experience in our leaders for their input and for volun-
(Photo: Stephen Kalish.)
many areas, as well as an adequate number teering. And, of course, also to our com-
of well qualified leaders. (We can always mittee members: Dick Baggett, Malcolm
use more leaders, though, so don’t hold Clarke, Jean Dillingham, Grethe Jensen,
back!) Mary K. Prentice, and Ron Stormo.
Our summer outings program. We’ve PLEASE SEE
planned an exciting variety of outings
for this summer, geographically cover-
ing both Mono and Inyo counties, from CALENDAR ON PAGE 5!

You’re Invited!
Range of Light Group Monthly Meeting
Everyone welcome!
Group ExCom meetings ROL ExCom candidates needed! July 20 (Tues) August 17 (Tues)
We usually meet on the first Tuesday of by malcolm clark
Outdoor Potluck & BBQ 6:30 pm! Outdoor Potluck & BBQ 6:30 pm!
the month at 3 pm. All Sierra Club members Our group is seeking candidates for Hayden Cabin Museum, Mammoth Lakes Forest Service Picnic Area,
are welcome. To confirm date, place, and our ExCom election in November or early
(near Old Mammoth Rd/Sherwin Creek Rd) Mosquito Flat, Rock Creek
time, contact the Chair, Malcolm Clark (760- December. The three members whose terms
Please bring your own non-disposable
Please bring your own non-disposable
924-5639, end this year are Shalle Genevieve, Henning
table setting, something to grill for your-
Jensen, and Malcolm Clark. One or all of the table setting, something to grill for your-
NOTE: We may not meet some months. self, and a dish to share.
three may run for reelection. self, and a dish to share.
Range of Light Group When possible we like to offer a choice by Join your Sierra Club Friends Join your Sierra Club Friends for the
fielding more than three candidates. Please
send to any member of our nominating com- for a summer get-together. Ar- 2nd summer BBQ at the picnic area at
rive early to spend some time Mosquito Flat near road’s end on Rock
Chair Malcolm Clark* 760-924-5639 Please see ROL CANDIDATES, page 5.
Vice Chair Shalle Genevieve* 760-934-9668 wandering through the interest- Creek. Exit Hwy 395 at Tom’s Place.
Secretary Brigitte Berman* 760-924-2140
Conservation Mary K. Prentice* 760-934-0355 ing museum exhibits or to stroll Come early to hike the trails. By 6:30
Treasurer Lyle Gaston 760-387-2634 the BBQs will be ready for your use.
down Mammoth Creek or along
At Large Rosemary Jarrett*

Chapter Del. Jean Dillingham

ROL Group Website the bike path. By 6:30 the BBQs Check our website and local media for
Editor Lynne Foster 760-387-2634 <http://nevada.sierraclub. will be ready for your use. details and possible changes.
Hway Cleanup John Walter 760-934-1767
Hospitality Wilma Wheeler 760-934-3764 org/rolgroup/>
LORP Mark Bagley 760-873-5326
Membership Shalle Genevieve*
Winter Outings John Walter
760-934-1767 & September 21 (Tues)
ROL Group E-mail
Summer Outgs Henning Jensen* 760-934-7176
Outings Asst. Dick Baggett 760-924-5749
Programs Claus Engelhardt 760-872-4596
Rosemary Jarrett* see At Large, above
Webmaster Emeritus Owen Maloy 760-934-9511
* Voting ExCom member
Toiyabe Trails July - august - september 2010 5

Range of Light Calendar

Friends of the Inyo
by stacy corless, executive director
We have planned another full
July thru August July 24 (Saturday) windswept subalpine ridges, cirque ba-
summer of preservation, exploration,
Starkweather Lake from Minaret Over-
“Fun & Fitness Hikes”
sins, extensive white bark pine Kromholtz
look. Wildflower hike from Minaret stands. Bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, and stewardship for the Eastern Sierra.
Please join us for a trail work day, a hike
Wednesday Evenings Overlook to Starkweather Lake. See large
variety of wildflowers, old mine site while
sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML
Union Bank parking lot. Leaders: Grethe in the hills or for a weeklong steward-
Join us every Wednesday evening descending 3.5 mi through old red fir for- & Henning Jensen (760 934 7176). Dogs ship vacation. Get details on all these
at 6 pm at ML Union Bank parking lot for est. Observe result of avalanches on forest. limited. events at <>,
a hike to get fit, stay fit for summer fun.
Explore local trails, learn about our natural
Ride bus back to Minaret Overlook or to August 8 (Sunday) or email
other points of interest along San Joaquin Lakes Basin to Solitude Canyon via Saturday, July 3. Mammoth Summer of
surroundings, geology, wildflowers, trees. River for $7. Bring lunch, plenty of water, Sherwin Red Ridge. Car shuttle. Strenu- Stewardship (SOS) Lakes Basin Cleanup.
All hikes are moderate to easy, completed hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. Meet 9a, ous but enjoyable 6 mi trail, x-c up back
by dark. Bring water, layered clothes, sturdy Minaret Overlook. Leaders: Jean Dilling- Saturday, July 10. Hike to Dry Lakes
of Sherwins for spectacular view of lakes,
shoes. Info: call leader, Dick Baggett (760 ham (760 648 7109), Wilma Wheeler (760 Plateau in the Bodie Hills.
town. Then down Solitude Canyon to end
934 5749). Dogs Limited. 934 3764). No dogs. at Sherwin Lakes trailhead parking. Prepare Saturday, July 17. SOS Volunteer Trail
July 25 (Sunday) for off-trail adventure. Bring lunch, plenty Day Crystal Lake Trail.
Summer outings Dana Plateau. Hike to spectacular Tioga of water, hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc.
Saturday, July 31. SOS Volunteer Trail
by henning jensen, Lake Roadless Area, Dana Plateau in Meet 8a, ML Union Bank parking lot.
Leaders: Mary K. Prentice (760 934 0355), Day Coldwater Trails.
ROl summer outings chair Ansel Adams Wilderness north of Mt.
Dana. Group size limited: 15 hikers. See Maurica Anderson (760 932 7175); expert August 1-7. EVOLVE (volunteer wilder-
July 3 (Saturday) spectacular wildflowers, explore giant direction, Wilma & Bryce Wheeler. Dogs ness vacation) Thousand Island Lake.
Birding with Nancy States & Sierra Club. wind-sculptured granite boulders distrib- limited. August 19-22. EVOLVE Steelhead Lake
Nancy States is expert birder from Santa uted over plateau surface, undisturbed by August 15 (Sunday) (McGee Creek Canyon).
Barbara. walk through many eco systems Crater Meadows from Horse-
of Mammoth Meadows. See different spe- shoe Lake. Moderate hike, 7 Saturday, August 28. SOS Volunteer
cies inhabiting aspen/conifer forest, open mi RT to Upper, Lower Crater Trail Day Panorama Dome.
meadow, wetland, Hidden Lake. Bring Meadows, Red Cones, from Saturday, September 11. SOS Convict
snacks, binoculars, scopes, bird books, or Horseshoe Lake. See lots of wild- Lake.
just come, enjoy. Finish before noon, but flowers in meadows. Bring lunch, Saturday, September 25. National Pub-
you may want to stay with a picnic. Meet plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, lic Lands Day project, Owens Headwaters
7:30a , ML Union Bank parking lot. Lead- hiking boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML (Glass Creek Meadow Trail); FOI Member
ers: Nancy States, Mary K. Prentice (760 Union Bank parking lot. Leaders: & Volunteer Party.
934 0355). No dogs. Henning, Grethe Jensen (760 934
July 4 (Sunday) 7176). Dogs limited. Editor’s Note. SOS = Summer of Stewardship
August 22 (Sunday) EVOLVE = Volunteer Wilderness Vacation.
Holiday. No outing.
July 11 (Sunday) Virginia Canyon. Beautiful,
Valentine Lake from Sherwin Lakes mountainous hike. About 6 mi
Trailhead (or shorter option). Hike to RT, 800 ft gain, along Virginia Eastern Sierra Land Trust
Valentine Lake from Sherwin Lakes trail- Lakes to Virginia Pass, overlook coming events
head with Sierra Club, Range of Light to Excelsior. Bring lunch, plenty
Group. See some of largest Sierra junipers of water, hat, sunscreen, hiking by Sarah Spano,
in region, exceeding 8 ft diameter. About 10 boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML Union Education Coordinator
mi RT, 1885 ft gain, moderate to strenuous Bank parking lot OR 8:45 am,
trail. Short option to Sherwin Lakes, only Lee Vining Visitor Center OR Brown Bag Lunch Series
4 mi RT, gain 860 ft, easy to moderate trail. 9:15 at Virginia Lakes trailhead. June 30 & August 4, 2010
Bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, Leaders: Janet & Davis Carle
hiking boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML Union Bank (760 647 6431) Dogs limited. We are hosting a Brown Bag Lunch series
parking lot. Leaders: Pat & E.L.Smoogen August 29 (Sunday) on the first Wednesday of every month.
(760 934 0359), Grethe Jensen (760 934 Kearsarge Pass. About 10 mi Talks are from 12-1 pm in the ESLT gar-
7176). Dogs limited. RT, 2600 ft gain from 9200-ft den, at 176 Home Street, Bishop.
July 18 (Sunday) A preview of this summer’s hiking opportunities: trailhead. Trail passes Little and The next two Brown Bag Lunches
Mammoth Crest with car shuttle. Views, ROL hikers and four-legged friends resting along Big Pothole Lake, with Flower will be June 30 (first week of July) and
views, views! Hike from Lake George to Lower Rock Creek on May 16, 2010. (Photo: Lake and Heart Lake in be- August 4. Please visit <>
top of actual Crest at Mammoth Pass with Malcolm Clark.) tween. Kearsarge Pass view into for the upcoming topics, or call Sarah
grand views, then along entire crest to Sequoia/Kings Canyon is spec- at 760-873-4554.
off-trail descent down steep scree slope to glaciations that occurred in canyons below. tacular! Lunch at pass. Bring lunch, plenty
McLeod Lake, Horseshoe Lake. Car shuttle. About 9 mi RT, 1500 ft gain, moderate of water, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking
Semi-strenuous trail, 6 mi RT, gain 1650 ft. trail, x-c. Bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, boots, raingear, warm clothes, etc. Car pool GPS Workshop
Bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML from Mammoth or Independence. Trailhead
hiking boots etc. Meet 8a, ML Union Bank Union Bank parking lot or 8:45, Lee Vining is 15 mi up valley from Independence. Meet Saturday, August 21, 2010
parking lot. Leaders: Mary K. Prentice (760 Ranger Station on Hwy 120. Leaders: Jean 8a, ML Union Bank parking lot or 9:15 am Join Eastern Sierra Land Trust’s Lands
934 0355), Brigitte Berman (760 924 2140). Dillingham (760 648 7109), John Walter in Independence at Hwy 395/Onion Valley Program Coordinator for a day explor-
Dogs limited. (760 934 1767) No dogs. Road. Leaders: Monica & Ron Stormo (760
876 5401) Dogs limited. ing the world
August 1 (Sunday) of GPS on Sat-
Duck Pass to Deer Lakes & Lake George. September 5 (Sunday)
urday, August
Car shuttle. Strenuous hike partly off-trail, Labor Day Weekend. No outing.
rol candidates . . . 12 mi RT, 2200 ft gain. From Duck Pass September 12 (Sunday)
21. Learn the
continued from page 4 trailhead via Duck Pass, Deer Lakes to Lake Hall Natural Area Reserve. Explore Hall basics of Glob-
George with car shuttle back to trailhead. Natural Area Reserve in shadow of Mt. al Positioning
mittee your suggestions for someone you
Interesting variety of terrain, including Conness, in a magnificent glacial lakes Satellite (GPS)
think could make a valuable contribution
to our ExCom and who might be willing to basin. About 5 mi RT. Bring food, plenty including ba-
serve. Don’t hestitate to suggest yourself of water, hat, sunscreen, hiking boots, etc. sic GPS use,
(self-nomination) if you have time and chair’s letter . . . Meet 8a, ML Union Bank parking lot. Some
of us will camp at Sawmill campground
a cross-coun-
willingness to serve. try geography
continued from page 4
Nominate yourself! We would appreci- the night before. You are welcome to join Volunteer Kim walk, and dis-
ate having self-nominations and suggested tion. Work continues on a small, pilot solar us, but you’ll need to get your own camp Forkner teaching cussion of ap-
names of other possible candidates by project on Owens (dry) Lake. The group site. Leaders: Jean Dillingham (760 648 participant how to use plications and
August 31, though we don’t yet know the drawing up a conservation management plan 7109), Mary K. Prentice (760 934 0355). a GPS device. uses.
for the lakebed is progressing steadily. Dogs limited.
deadline the Chapter will decide on. Please bring your own GPS unit.
What you can do. Please contact any ROL is participating in a renewed push for September 19 (Sunday)
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
member of our nominating committee Bodie area federal protection. Tuolumne Cascades. This is a lovely day trip
with your suggestion/s: Rosemary Jarrett A draft EA has been released proposing along a fishermen’s trail with white heather, Suggested donation $15. Space lim-
(, Mary Kay United Airlines flights from the Bay area to huckleberries along route. Opportunities for ited. To sign up for the workshop and
Prentice (, and Wilma Mammoth next winter. The EA raises some swimming along the way. Easy hike, 6 mi RT. for more information, please contact
Wheeler ( serious environmental questions. Please see ROL CALENDAR, page 12. or call 760-873-4554.
6 july - august - september 2010 Toiyabe Trails

conservation roundup “So extraordinary is

Nature that the beauty
of lilies falls on angels
and men, bears and
sqirrels, wolves and
sheep, birds and bees ....”
Conservation Briefs Spring meeting report — John Muir
by marge sill
Sierra Club CA/NV
Wilderness Committee
California Desert Protection Act of Many hearings have been held on the
2010. Introduced by Senator Dianne roadless rule since it was first issued participants were asked to express
Feinstein, the Act includes several areas during the Clinton administration. The by vicky hoover, their concerns to the Committee staff
in Inyo County which lie in Toiyabe public has overwhelmingly supported wilderness committee chair while the hearing record remains open.
Chapter. This legislation would add two the moratorium on logging and mining This gala three-fold event
small areas to Death Valley National in roadless areas. with the Sierra Club’s Southern CA
Park and designate three additional ar- Travel Management Project DEIS. Forests Committee and Great Old
eas in the Park as wilderness. It would The Mountain City, Ruby Mountains, Broads for Wilderness in San Diego
also establish 7871 acres of wilderness and Jarbidge Ranger Districts of the County on May 22-23, 2010, was
at Great Falls Basin and add a small Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
section to the Amargosa Wild & Scenic has released the Draft Environmental
a great success. In addition to the
River designation. Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Com- joint meeting Saturday, the gather-
Support for this legislation is neces- bined Travel Management Project. ing featured a service project in the
sary if the bill is to be passed in this The proposed action would add an Cleveland National Forest, improv-
session of Congress. Please contact additional 1151 miles of unauthorized, ing a trail in the Agua Tibia Wilder-
Ryan Henson ( user-created routes to the existing 1103- ness, and a fine hike in the proposed
for further information. mile forest transportation system on the Beauty Mountain Wilderness.
Logging & mining moratorium. The three ranger districts. Toiyabe Chapter California Desert Protection Act of 2010.
Obama administration has extended the has requested an extension of time for The groups heard news of Senator Dianne
moratorium on most logging and min- comments so that (1) routes can be stud- Feinstein’s new bill which adds several new
ing on the 58.5 million acres of Forest ied and (2) a better map made showing California desert wilderness areas, expands Beauty Mountain in background, Toiyabe
Service roadless inventory lands for one which routes are user-created, particu- several other areas, and establishes two Chapter member, Lois Snedden, on left.
more year. This will give the Secretary larly in inventoried roadless areas. national monuments. Several wilderness (Photo: Vicky Hoover.)
of Agriculture time to study what should For further information, please contact additions are in Inyo County, within the Nevada wilderness management.
be done in certain situations and also Karen Boeger ( or domain of the Range of Light group. The Draft Management Plan is out for
give the courts time to decide verdicts Marge Sill ( Though Sierra Club supports good eight wilderness areas in Clark County.
on the many suits that have been filed. land protection, it has serious concerns Comments are sought until mid-July.
about the bill’s legislative mandate for These eight areas are all or in part in the
five off-road vehicle recreation areas
Ruby Pipeline decision and omission from wilderness of high
Lake Mead National Recreation Area;
the National Park Service has prepared
priority areas like Cady Mountains
petitioned at FERC and Conglomerate Mesa. The bill
the plan. The Bureau of Land Manage-
ment is also involved, as three of the
by david von seggern
had just had a hearing in the Senate eight areas are jointly managed.
Energy & Natural Resources Commit-
oiyabe Chapter has filed a “petition for rehearing” of the Federal Energy It’s generally a good plan, but Sierra
T Regulatory Commission (FERC) decision* to accept the Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) and approve the Ruby Pipeline project. The project
tee only two days earlier, so meeting
Please see page 7, top left column.

Duplication of
assumes that the Record of Decision
would put a 4-inch natural gas pipeline across northern Nevada and in three
(ROD) will be signed at some point by
other states.
The Nevada segment is especially the input of many other individuals,
the BLM.
Events which have strengthened our expenditure in
worrisome because it lies in fairly
pristine high desert land -- one of the
organizations, and even government
agencies. Our stance is that we don’t
case. First, even though the U.S. Fish Nevada predator
& Wildlife Service (USF&WS) de-
largest contiguous wildlife and scenic oppose the pipeline per se, only the clined in March to list the sage grouse
areas of the lower 48 states. Our peti- selected route. as threatened or endangered, it did rule by Don Molde
tion for rehearing includes nine major On June 2 FERC ruled that they need- it a “warranted” species. This means
points in which we argue why the order ed more time to consider our petition for The Nevada Board
the sage grouse deserved to be listed,
was improper. rehearing. If they ultimately deny it, our of Wildlife Commis-
but was not listed for lack of resources
Basically, FERC not only has ignored only option then is litigation in court to within the agency. sioners has for the first
our comments on this pipeline, but achieve rerouting of the pipeline. This Second, the BLM head office in Wash- time approved contro-
ington, D.C. issued an Instructional versial expenditures of
nearly $500,000 from
Memorandum which, in recognizing the
USF&WS non-action, requests more its Heritage Fund to
measures to protect the sage grouse in try enhancing mule
its jurisdictions. Our interpretation of deer numbers by kill-
I brought my this memorandum is that rerouting the ing coyotes and cougars. Represen-
bike to work ! Ruby Pipeline to a corridor of lesser tatives from most county advisory
impact would be a logical implemen- game boards objected to this action,
Third, the BLM has so far refused to
pointing out the questionable nature
sign the ROD allowing Ruby Pipeline of the premise, the lack of opportu-
nity for their members to consider
© Erik Holland 2010.

to proceed with its project on the BLM

portion of the preferred route. The Ne- the matter in detail, and the tradi-
vada part of the route is mostly through tion of using Heritage Fund monies
BLM land. Many mandated items must for nobler purposes. Requests for a
be finished before the BLM can legally delay of the vote were rejected by
sign the ROD. the commission at its May, 2010
What you can do. Contact David meeting.
von Seggern (, A duplication of expenditure?
Ruby Pipeline Task Force, for further This controversial move by the Wild-
information or if you want to help in life Commissioners does not seem to
this very important Chapter issue.
* April 5, 2010 Please see PREDATOR MANAGEMENT, page 11.
Toiyabe Trails july - august - september 2010 7

“Now I see the secret

of making the best
Lake Tahoe Basin Washoe County
persons. It is to grow Management Plan Sprawl Report
in the open air and to
eat and sleep with the
Revision by erik holland

— Walt Whitman
by Gail Ferrell,
Snowlands Network N on-contiguous annexation is currently illegal under Nevada State law.
This is recognized in our current Washoe County regional plan, which
instructs our local government to go to the State Legislature to change the
Tell the Forest Service
state annexation law to allow non-contiguous annexation.
what you want changed!
Our local governments tried in 2007 more important, was the shining excep-
Club volunteers are uneasy about the di- Send your comments and LOST, facing vigorous opposition tion. Thank you, Ms. Ratti! You give
vision of the wildernesses into “zones.” by July 30, 2010 from Voters for Sensible Growth, PLAN, hope that government in the Truckee
Zoning could lead to more permissive the Nevada Conservation League, the Meadows can be of, by, and for the
management and reduced wilderness
The Lake Tahoe Basin Man-
agement Unit (LTBMU) current Sierra Club and other groups. Despite people, rather than of, by, and for the
character in some places. this, Sparks included non-contiguous developers!
The Ely office of BLM is also doing management plan is 20 years old
annexations in its seven-year plan and   When the matter was appealed to the
scoping for the new Worthington Moun- and out-of-date with respect to the Regional Planning Commission Regional Planning Commission and
tains and Weepah Springs wildernesses winter recreation. The LTBMU is approved them. Regional Planning Governing Board,
in Lincoln County, Nevada. now revising their Management   A perusal of the May 11, 2009 Sparks both entities, the latter comprised of
San Diego County wilderness. The Plan. The Revised Plan needs to City Council minutes clearly shows that elected officials, decided they did not
event also highlighted the bill by Rep consider the huge increase in de- council members were aware that the have jurisdiction over their own actions!
Darrell Issa (R-CA 49) for two areas as mand for winter recreation and Stonefield annexation, leapfrogging 10 Therefore, Voters for Sensible Growth,
new wilderness in northern San Diego the affects of new technologies miles beyond current Sparks city limits, with the support of the Toiyabe Chapter
County. The bill would expand two such as high power snowmobiles.  did not conform to state law. However, of the Sierra Club, has been forced to
existing wildernesses.
Many of you have experienced for the majority, it was more important file suit to enforce existing state an-
negative effects when both snowsho- to honor commitments to their devel- nexation law!

Hopeful news
oper friends than to follow state law. Please stay tuned for more on this
ers/skiers and snowmobiles vie for
Julia Ratti, who stated that sound fis- theater of the absurd!
the same lands. More often than not,
for Walker Lake skiers and snowshoers are pushed
cal policy for the people of Sparks was
out as they seek quiet, pollution-free
Gold Butte Proposal
by marge sill

The first and safe places to recreate.

purchase of Please tell the Forest Service that you
want more areas set aside for quiet,
is making progress
water rights pollution-free and safe human-powered By Yuki Takagi
from a will-
ing seller in Nevada as part of the
Walker Basin Restoration Program
winter recreation. It took 1200 let-
ters and e-mails to the Forest Service
to create a snowmobile FREE Tahoe
O n May 4 Clark County Commission passed a resolution in support of
designating the Gold Butte Area a National Conservation Area (NCA)
with Wilderness (the resolution had previously been tabled twice). The
was recently announced by the Na- Meadows. We need 2000 letters and vote was 6-1. This could not have happened without support from our
tional Fish & Wildlife Foundation. emails sent to the LTBMU to improve members ... you!
The acquired water rights – over human-powered winter recreation! Special thanks to those who attended way to start the federal process for the
2000 acre feet per year* – will be Snowlands Network advocates that the the hearing, telephoned commissioners, Gold Butte 2010 campaign.
used to begin restoring flows to area east of Highway 267 and north of signed a letter of support, and signed the With your unflagging support, we
Walker Lake. Highway 50 be designated a Quiet Quad- online petition. Your passion and deter- can continue the momentum during the
The Walker Basin Resoration Program rant where all NO motorized snow travel mination to protect natural, cultural, and federal legislative process and turn this
was established in 2009 through legisla- is allowed. This includes the Martis Peak historical resources in the Gold Butte proposal into reality.
tion introduced by Senator Harry Reid, area east of Highway 267 and the areas area really helped create momentum Next steps. At press time, Gold Butte
a long-time advocate for Walker Lake, on both sides of the Mt. Rose Highway.  leading up to the vote. legislation has not yet been introduced.
as part of the Desert Terminal Lakes This closure of a broad area is required While the resolution is non-binding, Please call Rep. Dina Titus (702-387-
program established and funded by because of the constant snowmobile it is a crucial step in our efforts to show 4941) and Sen. Harry Reid (702-388-
Congress in 2002. At this time, everyone trespass into the Mt. Rose Wilderness our congressional delegation that there 5020) and urge them to introduce a
realized that Walker Lake was dying, and other non-motorized areas. Also, is strong support for protecting the Gold bill that will designate the Gold Butte
along with its fish and birdlife, because snowmobile pollution (noise, air, and Butte area from? local communities. Complex as a NCA with Wilderness.
almost no fresh water was reaching the snow) spreads over a large area. The next hurdle is the federal legisla- It is important that we emphasize that
lake from the Walker River. What you can do. Write a letter giv- tive process. U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. a bill should contain not only an NCA
The Sierra Club has carried on several ing site-specific comments if you are Shelley Berkley, and Rep. Dina Titus designation but also wilderness com-
campaigns to “Save Walker Lake” in familiar with the areas. have publicly announced their willing- ponents in order to provide maximum
the last decade because of the important In any case, you can mention . . . ness to work together in designating protection for fragile natural and cul-
environmental, scenic, and economic • any experiences that have negatively the Gold Butte area as an NCA with tural resources as well as protect pristine
values of this unique terminus lake. All impacted your enjoyment of the forest Wilderness. This is a most encouraging areas from further degradation.
of us who have fished, birdwatched, • snowmobile use is incompatible with
your ability to enjoy quiet, pollution- Nestled between federally protected Lake Mead National Recreation Area and
photographed, or floated Walker Lake the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, the Gold Butte
understand how wonderful a place it is free and safe winter recreation
area represents an important wildlands linkage between the two protected areas.
and why it has to be saved. • any trespass by snowmobile users into
(Photo by Howard Booth.)
The first acquisition of water rights is non-motorized areas that you’ve seen
a signal of hope for the lake and could   • more areas need to be designated
encourage other willing sellers to do non-motorized in winter to provide
the right thing. opportunities for people needing qui-
et, pollution-free and safe areas for
* For comparison, it is estimated it would take
NON-MOTORIZED winter recreation.
80,000 acre feet of water per year to reduce the
total dissolved solids in the lake water to a point E-mail your comments to: comments-
where a high quality fishery would be possible. Also
A fishery would include Lahontan cutthroat trout send a copy of your comments to Snowl-
and chub, both of which are doing very poorly at ands Network at: 
present. Apparently, the lake hasn’t had any sig-
nificant river inflow since 2005. (This additional You can send written comments to: For-
nformation contributed by Dennis Ghiglieri.) est Supervisor Terri Marceron, LTBMU
Forest Supervisor’s Office, Forest Plan
Deadline! Revision Team, 35 College Drive, South
Lake Tahoe, CA96150. Don’t forget to in-
SEPTEMBER 1 clude your name and address (required). 
  For more information, go to <www.
for OCT-NOV-DEC issue>.
8 july - august - september 2010 Toiyabe Trails

Great Basin Group

All phone numbers are 775 unless otherwise noted.
ALL events include conservation education activities.
CST Nevada Tour Operator – Registration Information, Nevada Tour Operator
Ref. No. 2008-0041 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel
does not constitute approval by the State of California.

Great Basin Group July 1 (Thursday) 5:30 p

Moderate Conditioning Hike. Join us for con-
(473-1445). Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-
1445). Easy.
ditioning hikes of 3-5 mi at moderate pace with July 14 (Wednesday) 5:30 p
gain under 1000 ft. Discover trails in, around Truckee River Afternoon-Evening Digital
Group News
Truckee Meadows. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Cau- Photography Instruction . Meet retired profes-
dill (473-1445; Moderate. sional photographer Graham Stafford in front of
July 3 (Saturday) 7 a California Bldg. in Idlewild Park at 5:30 p, Wed,
Leader’s choice in Black Rock. Join Friends July 14. Walk along Truckee River as Graham

The Great Basin Peak Section is up & running

of Black Rock for long weekend in Black Rock gives instruction on proper use of digital camera,
Desert. Last quarter moon will mean good stars. general photography. Graham will also spend
Not sure what we’ll do, but trip may include easy time with each person and their camera. Bring
by Sharon Marie Wilcox
service project, hot springs, wide open spaces, camera with battery/ies fully charged, empty
s you saw in the last Toiyabe Trails, the Toiyabe Chapter now possible hike to top of Black Rock Point, famous memory card, instruction book. All levels of
A has its own peak section. For details on membership, recognition
categories, patch design, and peak list, check out the Great Basin Peak
landmark on Emigrant Trail. Learn about Black
Rock Desert. DL. Leader: David Book (775-843-
6443; Easy.
photography experience accepted. Beginners
encouraged. View some of Graham’s work on
his website ( ND.
Section at July 3 (Saturday) 8 a Leader: Graham Stafford (775-686-8478; gra- Easy.
Schneider Cow Camp Loop at Carson Pass.
This is still a work in prog- use of his Wheeler Peak sketch Ato hikelternative route to, from Showers Lake July 14 (Wednesday) 5:30 p
ress. Soon we will have to use for our patch and through wildflower areas, with great vistas. Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details
a membership list page to Dennis Ghiglieri for About 10 mi, 1800 ft gain. Learn some history of 7-7-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-
area. High clearance vehicle needed or possible 1445). Mod. Strenuous.
and pages for each his work setting up the ride share. ND. Leader: T Taro (775-530-2935). July 15 (Thursday) 5:30 p
level achieved. We website link. And of Moderate. Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details
also plan to have a trip course, thanks to the July 5 (Monday) 5:30 p 7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473-
Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See April 12 1445; Moderate.
report page set-up. entire Great Basin Peak
for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473- July 17 (Saturday) 8:30 a
Thanks to Erik Hol- Section Committee for all 1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). Davis Meadows. Climb up Thomas Creek Trail
land for donating the of their hard work. Mod. Easy. and over headwaters to this high Sierra meadow
July 6 (Tuesday) 5:30 p land lat 8800 ft elevation. Should see lots of
Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. Join us on white bark pine along way, lots of wildflowers

“Who will keep Tahoe blue?”

after-work hikes for about 2 hr in Truckee at our destination – blue grouse if we’re lucky.
Meadows. Hikes geared for beginners or folks Route mostly on historic trails as well as a little
by janice hoke, Great Basin Outdoor School
who want more relaxed pace. Trips 2-4 mi, up to on future trails. About 9 mi RT, 2500 ft
500 ft gain. Learn about flora, fauna, new places gain. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055;
fter us, who will keep Tahoe blue? the Bureau of Water Quality Planning of to go. Call hike hotline for details. DOK. Leader: Co-Leader: Chuck Oliveira
A The next generation of environ- the Nevada Division of Environmental
mentally conscious citizens is learning Protection.
Karen Todd (473-1445). Co-Leader: Yvonne
Jerome (473-1445). Easy.
(786-2988). Mod. Strenuous.
July 18 (Sunday) 8:30 a
July 7 (Wednesday) 5:30 p
how at Great Basin Outdoor School “Students learn that their habits and Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. Join us each
Spooner to Marlete Lakes. Hike from Spooner
at Camp Galilee on the shore of Lake Lake to Marlette Lake, back. About 9.5 mi, 1200
behaviors have an im- Wednesday to hike different places in Truckee
ft gain. Beautiful scenery, lots of wild flowers
Tahoe. The school pact on water quality, Meadows. About 4-5 mi RT, possible 800 to
(we hope). Dogs on leash. DL. Leader: Donna
teaches natural scienc- and part of their re- 1800 ft gain, brisk pace. Bring trail shoes, water,
N. Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.
es to elementary and clothing for weather. Learn about flora, fauna,
sponsibility is to keep new places to hike. Call hike hotline for details.
com). Moderate.
middle school classes it clean,” said Mary DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Mod. July 18 (Sunday) 8 a-4 p
from nearby counties Kay Wagner, a NDEP Strenuous. West Wing of Relay Peak Loop. On this LOOP
in four-day camps. version of West Wing hike, cross Relay Peak at
environmental scien- July 8 (Thursday) 5:30 p 10,330 ft, then visit West Wing’s rocky knob
But they not only learn tist. “We believe in the Moderate Conditioning Hike. Join us for con-
for lunch. After, hike S on Tahoe Rim Trail to
about Tahoe’s water GBOS mission of out- ditioning hikes of 3-5 mi at moderate pace with
descent near Incline Lake several miles furtherS.
quality, they also work reach to school districts
gain under 1000 ft. Discover trails in, around
Truckee Meadows. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Cau-
About 12 mi, 1800 ft ascent. DL. Leader: Gary
to preserve it. in northern Nevada and Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@
dill (473-1445; Moderate. Mod. Strenuous.
On the research ves- especially the effort to July 10 (Saturday) 8:30 a
sel Prophet, operated reach students in need July 18 (Sunday) 8:30 a
Jamison Lake Day Hike. Hike from Jamison
Wildflowers & Photography: Carson Pass
by Marine Research of support to attend.” Mine to Jamison Lake. Beautiful lake is great
Hike. Join wildflower expert, Joy Bridgeman,
and Education, stu- Fifth graders from Virginia What you can do. for swimming. Traditional after-hike stop for ice
retired professional photographer, Graham
cream in Graeagle. About 7 mi RT, 980 ft gain.
dents perform vari- City and Lake Tahoe schools To learn how you can DL. Leader: Craig Mastos (348-1862; maquis@
Stafford, in one of most beautiful wildflower
ous experiments, measuring water clarity. help support GBOS areas in Sierra Nevada. Learn about, view, many Co-Leader: Melinda Subbiefield
varieties of alpine flowers of Sierra on hike from
including measuring programs and ensure (636-5388). Moderate.
Carson Pass to Winnemucca Lake. Mod. easy 5
water clarity, taking water samples, and that more students can attend, contact July 11 (Sunday) 8 a
examining zooplankton through micro- Sue Jacox at or Ebbett’s Pass HIke. Follow Pacific Crest Trail Please see GB CALENDAR, page 9.
scopes. Many of the hands-on GBOS 849-1890. For more info on GBOS, go N toward Pennyslvania Creek, off Ebbett’s
Pass. Incredibly scenic high Sierra views, go-
activities are funded by a grant from to <>. ing through summer snow fields. Gain less than
1000 ft, starting at about 8000 ft. About 8 mi RT.
Don’t forget
Great Basin Group ExCom BLM Wilderness Service trip Moderate hike, but high altitude. DL. Leader: to visit the
We meet on the first Monday of the month. July 23-26, Eastern Nevada
Lucretia Belancio (775-851-9279; lunature@
Info: David von Seggern 775-303-8461.
The CA/NV wilderness committee’s cul- Moderate.
July 12 (Monday) 5:30 p Great Basin Group
Great Basin Group vert-digging-up and carrying service trip
last summer with Wilderness ranger John R.
Monday Night Parks Cleanup. Join in effort to
sustain our parks each Monday 5:30-7:30 (Apr- website
Chair Catherine Schmidt+ 775-240-3785 Miller from Ely BLM was so much fun that Oct); call hike hotline for location (473-1445
option #4). Meet at variety of regional parks,
Vice-Chair Holly Coughlin* 775-331-7488 we’re taking John up on his offer of another
Secretary Julie Woodard* 775-240-3785 open space locations, to bag trash. Wear closed-
Treasurer Martin Mace+ 775-745-4703 chance farther north in eastern Nevada’s Mt toe shoes, bring work gloves, water. Learn about

& the
Conservation David von Seggern* 775-303-8461 Grafton wilderness. This is about an hour’s challenges parks face from illegal dumping and
Distribution Open drive south of Ely, just off U.S. 93. We’ll volunteer opportunities with local non-profits.
Energy Jeff Hardcastle 775-313-8442
Julie Woodard*
Holly Coughlin*
hike uphill 2 miles to carry out pieces of an
old, unneeded guzzler (aka artificial wildlife
ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-1445). Co-
Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). Mod. Easy. Chapter website
Political Open
Programs Graham Stafford+ 775-686-8478
water development). July 13 (Tuesday) 5:30 p
Webmaster Peter Johnson 775-826-1901 Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip
ExCom members: *, 2009-10; +, 2010-11 Please see SERVICE TRIP, page 12. details on 7-6-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd
Toiyabe Trails july - august - september 2010 9

mi RT, 600 ft gain. Optional: continue to Round 8-3-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd (473-1445).
Top Lake. For those who wish, Graham will Great Basin Group Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.

give instructions on proper way to photograph August 25 (Wednesday)
wildflowers. View Graham’s work at www.gra- The Day PRIOR to Mt. Whitney Day Hike. ND. Leader: Graham Stafford Accepting names for possible alternates on DAY
(775-686-8478; HIKE up Mt. Whitney, back in one day. About
Co-Leader: Joy Bridgeman (775-746-1313; 22 mi RT total; 6000 ft gain. Whitney at 14,494 Mod. Easy. continued from page 8
ft is highest peak in “Lower 48.” STRENUOUS;
July 19 (Monday) 5:30 p Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. After-work above. About 12 mi RT, 3400 ft gain. DOK. hikers MUST be fit, experienced. Due to way ap-
Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See July 12 hike in hills surrounding Truckee Meadows. Leader: Gary p plications/permits by Rangers are handled, group
for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473- Trips about 4-5 mi, may be over 1000 ft gain. Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@ members had to be pre-determined and limited,
1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). Learn about flora, fauna, places to go. Call hike Co-Leader: Elias Dechent (775- with fees paid in advance. If any of present hik-
Mod. Easy. hotline for details. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin ers cancel, I will consider alternates for their
825-7472). Mod. Strenuous. reserved slot. Contact me early for all details and
July 20 (Tuesday) 5:30 p (473-1445). Mod. Strenuous.
August 15 (Sunday) 8 a to get on list of possible alternates. ND. Leader:
Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details August 5 (Thursday) 5:30 p Flowers at Ebbett’s Pass. Follow Pacific Crest T Taro (775-530-2935). Strenuous!
7-6-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd (473-1445). Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details
Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy. Trail N toward Pennyslvania Creek, off Ebbett’s August 25 (Wednesday) 5:30 p
7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473- Pass. Incredibly scenic high Sierra views, with
July 21 (Wednesday) 5:30 p 1445; Easy. wildflowers blooming at their peak. Gain less
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. Please See trip
details 8-4-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details August 7 (Saturday) 8 a than 1000 ft, starting at about 8000 ft. Distance (473-1445). Mod. Strenuous.
7-7-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473- Hawkins Peak near Carson Pass. Hike up about 8 mi RT. High altitude hike. DL. Leader:
1445). Mod. Strenuous. 10,020-ft Hawkins Peak near Carson Pass. Lucrecia Belancio (775-851-9279; lunature@ August 26 (Thursday) 5:30 p
July 22 (Thursday) 5:30 p About 1500 ft gain in 5-mi loop. Mostly off trail. Moderate. Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details
Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details Scenic. ND. Leader: T Taro (775-530-2935). August 16 (Monday) 5:30 p
7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (775-
Moderate. 473-1445; Moderate.
7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473- Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See July 12
1445; Easy. August 7 (Saturday) 8:30 a for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473- August 27 (Friday) 6:30 p
July 24 (Saturday) 8 a Stanislaus Peak (11,239 ft). Trek along crest 1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). Moonlight Picnic Supper. Hike up into hills
Little Round Top at Carson Pass Area, Meiss of central Sierra, just N of Sonora Pass. Most Mod. Easy. above Washoe Lake to view night lights of Reno
Ridge. Scenic, mostly off trail, about 1800 ft above 10,000 ft on existing trail, but final for potluck picnic supper. About 6 mi RT, less
August 17 (Tuesday) 5:30 p than 1000 ft gain. Fun! ND. Leader: Donna N.
gain, mostly at beginning, about 8 mi in loop. summit ascent is x-c over rocky terrain. Learn Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details
about volcanic geology of Sonora Pass area. Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@yahoo.
Summit several crests at about 9400 ft elevation 8-3-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd (473-1445).
along Meiss Ridge. Narrow route with severe Great vistas. About 10 mi RT, 1800 ft gain. DL. com). Mod. Easy. August 28 (Saturday)
Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.
drop-off at beginning of hike. Experienced, Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055; Emigrant Lake in Mokelumne Wilderness
conditioned hikers only. Learn some history Co-Leader: Sharon Marie Wilcox (852-5075). August 18 (Wednesday) 5:30 p hike. Hike along Caples Lake 2.5 mi, then fol-
of area. ND. Leader: T Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. Strenuous. Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. Please See trip low beautiful stream through alpine forest up to
Moderate. details on 8-4-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin Emigrant Lake. Emigrant Lake is one of those
August 8 (Sunday) 8:30 a (473-1445). Mod. Strenuous. glacier formed alpine jewels. It sits in bowl
July 24 (Saturday) 8:30 a Granite, Grouse Lakes Day Hike. From Blue
Pah Rah Range Peak Ramble. Ridge ramble Lakes, hike to two beautiful, remote lakes. This August 19 (Thursday) 5:30 p with cliffs, will probably still be surrounded
Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details with wildflowers. About 8 mi RT, 800 ft gain.
to two of highest summits of Pah Rah Range, hke will help us be mindful of water resources,
conservation. Superb scenery throughout route. 7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (775- Moderate. DOK. Leader: Graham Stafford
Virginia Peak (8366 ft), Pah Rah Mtn (8240 ft).
Length of hike makes it 473-1445; Moderate. (775-686-8478;
Both peaks on GBPS peaks list. Panoramic vis-
August 21 Moderate.
tas of Pyramid Lake, points N. Mostly x-c over a strenuous endeavor
rolling volcanic terrain. About 8 mi RT, 1000 for conditioned hik- (Saturday) 9 August 29 (Sunday) 8:30 a
ft gain. DL. Leader: Ridge Walker (853-8055; ers only. About 13 mi, a-3 p Chimney Beach to Marlette Lake. Less trav- Co-Leader: Sharon Marie Wilcox
(852-5075). Moderate.
1500 ft gain. Limit 10.
ND. Leader: John Ide It’s not just Tamarack Peak &
Waterfall Loop.
eled route to Marlette Lake with fantastic views
of Lake Tahoe. Climb from Highway 28 to
(321-525-2050; joh- Marlette Lake Dam, then follow lake S to trail
July 26 (Monday) 5:30 p
a good basin,
After hour on
Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See July 12 northbound Tahoe to Spooner Lake. Turn off Spooner Lake trail to
for details. ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473- Strenuous. Rim Trail to water- curve around N again, meet up with trail back to
1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445).
Mod. Easy.
August 9 (Mon-
day) 5:30 p
it’s a fall, go OFF-trail
and up on steep
cars. About 9 mi, 1500+ ft gain. DOK. Leader:
Donna Inversin (775-315-6763; d_inversin@ Mod. Strenuous.
western slope of
July 27 (Tuesday) 5:30 p
Monday Night Parks
Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details Cleanup. See July 12 Tamarack Peak to August 30 (Monday) 5:30 p
reach large rock Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See July 12
7-6-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd (473-1445). for details ND. Leader:
outcrop for lunch for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-
Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy. Julie Woodard (473-
1445). Co-Leader: Pat and full view of 1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445).
July 28 (Wednesday) 5:30 p Kleames (473-1445). Lake Tahoe 0.5 mi Mod. Easy.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details Mod. Easy.
7-7-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-
below. Then continue August 31 (Tuesday) 5:30 p
OFF-trail over Peak’s 9900-ft. summit, descend
1445). Mod. Strenuous. August 10 (Tuesday) 5:30 p gradual eastern ridgeline to finally rejoin TRT.
Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details
Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details 8-3-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd (473-1445).
July 29 (Thursday) 5:30 p About 6 mi RT, 1300 ft gain. DOK. Leader: Gary Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.
8-3-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd (473-1445).
Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details Hanneman (775-336-7698; gphanneman@char-
Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy. September 1 (Wednesday) 5:30 p
7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473- Co-Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-
1445; Easy. August 11 (Wednesday) 5:30 p 6763; Moderate. Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. Please See trip
Truckee River Digital Photography Instruc- details 8-4-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin
July 31 (Saturday) 8:30 a August 22 (Sunday) 8:30 a (473-1445). Mod. Strenuous.
tion. Meet retired professional photographer
Mt. Elwell, Sierra Buttes Weekend. Join us Galena Creek Day Hike. Start with4-mi RT hike
for adventurous weekend of hiking, camping.
Graham Stafford in front of California Bldg.
from picnic spot at Galena Creek. Identify some September 2 (Thursday) 5:30 p
in Idlewild Park. Walk along Truckee River as Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details
Car camp in Lakes Basin area, hike Mt. Elwell flora along way. Bring water, trail shoes. DOK.
Graham gives instruction on proper use of digital 7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (775-
on Saturday. About 8 mi RT, 1800 ft gain. Wild- Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader:
cameras, general photography. Graham will also 473-1445; Moderate.
flowers should be pretty fantastic. Sunday, hike Gary Hanneman (425-3742). Mod. Easy.
spend time with each person and their camera. September 7 (Tuesday) 5:30 p
Buttes, 6 mi RT, 2380 ft gain. Incredible views Bring camera with battery fully charged, empty August 22 (Sunday) 11 a
of of Yuba River Canyon. Call by 7-21 to secure memory card, instruction book. All levels of Great Basin Group Annual Picnic. Mark Easy-paced Conditioning Hike. Hike about 2 hr
spot. Trip limit 12. DL. Leader: Holly Coughlin your calendars for afternoon of fun, good eats, after work in Truckee Meadows. About 3-4 mi,
photography experience accepted. Beginners
(331-7488). Co-Leaders: Bill & Gail Myatt (233- encouraged. Contact Graham 775-686-8478 socializing, in beautiful setting of forest at 600 ft gain. Call hike hotline for details. DOK.
3186). Mod. Strenuous. Galena Creek. Picnic at Manzanita Group site, Leader: Karen Todd (473-1445). Co-Leader: to let him know Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.
July 31 (Saturday) 8:30 a you’ll be attending. View Graham’s work at S entrance to park. Group will provide soft
Triangle Lake, Echo Peak, Angora Lakes ND. Leader: Graham drinks, water, hot grilled burgers. Bring potluck September 8 (Wednesday) 5:30 p
Loop. Challenging adventure on unmaintained Stafford (775-686-8578; graham@grahamstaf- dish to share. To conserve on trash bring your Truckee River Digital Photography Instruc-
trails, off trail, including steep, x-c descent to Easy. own place setting. Play volleyball, horseshoes, tion. Meet retired professional photographer
Angora Lakes. Visit both Desolation Wilderness, Mexican Train, other games. Fun! DL. Leader: Graham Stafford in front of California Bldg.
August 11 (Wednesday) 5:30 p Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader: Graham in Idlewild Park at 5:30 p Wednesday, Sept 8.
nearby Angora Resort. Good place to see, exam-
ine management aspects of each. Wildflowers, Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. Stafford (775-240-8722). Easy. Walk along Truckee River as Graham gives
views will be highlights. About 8 mi, almost See trip details on 8-4-10 DOK. August 23 (Monday) 5:30 p instruction on proper use of digital cameras,
general photography. Graham will also spend
2000 ft gain. Limit 10. ND. Leader: John Ide
(321-525-2050; Mod.
Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445). Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See July 12
time with each person and their camera. Bring
Strenuous. Mod. Strenuous. for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-
1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). your camera with battery fully charged, empty
August 12 (Thursday) 5:30 p Mod. Easy. memory card, instruction book. All levels of
August 2 (Monday) 5:30 p
photography experience accepted. Beginners
Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See July 12 Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details August 23 (Monday) 6:30 p
7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (473- encouraged. View some of Graham’s work at
for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473- Outings Meeting. All members welcome to plan
1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). 1445; Moderate. trips for October, November, December. Learn ND. Leader: Graham
Stafford (775-686-8478; graham@grahamstaf-
Mod. Easy. August 14 (Saturday) 7:30 a-4 p what it takes to become a Easy.
August 3 (Tuesday) 5:30 p Christopher’s Loop Above Lake Tahoe. Sierra Club outings leader. Potluck dinner at
Ascend about 1700 ft on Tunnel Creek Rd to September 8 (Wednesday) 5:30 p
Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. Join us for 2- Holly’s home. All beverages, plates, cutlery
hr hikes after work in Truckee Meadows. Call intersect southbound Tahoe Rim Trail. Within Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. Please See trip
provided. Call for directions. ND. Leader: details on 8-4-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin
3 mi, the rising and falling TRT leads us over
hike hotline for details. DOK. Leader: Karen Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Easy. (473-1445). Moderate.
Todd (473-1445). Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome ridge at 9100 ft, to reach spectacular view of
(473-1445). Easy. Lake Tahoe’s turquoise Sand Harbor from our August 24 (Tuesday) 5:30 p
white-granite vantage point 0.5 mi directly Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details
August 4 (Wednesday) 5:30 p Please see GB CALENDAR, page 11.
10 july - august - september 2010 Toiyabe Trails

Southern Nevada Group

Mojave All phone numbers are 702 unless otherwise noted.

Monitor (Please use email when leaders state that they prefer email,
especially if you have a long distance telephone number.)
ALL events include conservation education activities
Nevada Tour Operator – Registration Information, Nevada Tour Operator Ref. No. 2008-0041.
Southern Nevada Group JUNE 29-JULY 5 (TUESDAY-MONDAY)
we’ll enjoy some cold watermelon, then head
home to our computers. Next, we’ll e-mail our
*Coyote Gulch, Escalante UT. Leave Las Vegas five favorite photos from the day for private web-
about 6 am, June 29, with only gasoline stops,
Group News
site posting. Those who participated will have
one at visitor center in Escalante to pick up per- the opportunity to both critique, be critiqued --,
mit. Lunch at trailhead, then backpack 4 mi to to learn what worked, how to do it better. Top-
first campsite in alcove next to creek. Each day rated shots will be featured on our SNG website!
Monthly meetings we will be in awe as we hike along Coyote Creek Leader: Par Rasmusson (215-9119, Par@mvdsl.
(one day possible along Escalante River). Easy to com). Level 1-2.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS for moderate over mostly flat canyon bottom; total
Club Office, 732 S. 6th St. (at Gass backpack about 30 mi Cottonwood, willows in JULY 18 (SUNDAY)
the second Wednesday of every month Ave.), Suite 220B (upstairs), Las Vegas. most of canyon. Campsites in cool shade. Enjoy *Charleston Peak, SMNRA. To reach highest
(except August OR when the first Mon- The next ExCom meeting dates are water (bring swimsuit) at lower end of Coyote point in Spring Mountains, we’ll hike South
day is a holiday) for the Monthly Mondays, April 5, May 3, June 7. All Creek. Christmas in July -- what are all these Loop, return on North Loop. About 20 mi, 4500
lights after dark that sometimes move, some- ft gain (7500-12,000 ft). Be prepared for any kind
General Meeting at 7:30 pm. members welcome. Info: Kristine Cun- of weather (that includes cold wind or rain). If
Come socialize, learn what’s going on ningham (285-6832).
times not? moving? Learn about origin of water,
thunderstorms are expected, start time will be su-
springs here as well as how canyon was formed.
in the environmental community, and Limit 12. David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@ per-early to be off ridge before lightning begins.
There will be no NEW & PRO- Why are there no trees on highest elevations?
hear and see an interesting, educational; e-mail preferred).
slideshow program. See the Calendar SPECTIVE MEMBER ORIEN- Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@
(pages 10-11) for dates and details. TATION MEETINGS in July, *Beginner Backpack: Bristlecone Trail, Lee; Email preferred). Level 6.
August, and September. Canyon, SMNRA. Enjoy all the fun of backpack JULY 24 (SATURDAY)
Group ExCom meetings are *High Meadows, SMNRA. Look for wild flow-
into the wild without long mileage to get to
6 - 8:30 pm on the first Monday of each Also, there will be no CONSER-
camp! Walk about 1 mi up Bristlecone Trail to try er display at 10,000 ft level in these sky-filled
month, except August, when the first VATION MEETINGS in July, out new boots, tents, stoves, etc.,, swap wilder- fields along approach to peak on South Loop
Monday is a holiday. Location: Sierra August, and September. ness experiences. How would you protect your trail. Why is the other side greener? About 8-10
food if this trip were in Sierra Nevada? Leader: mi RT, 2500 ft gain (8000-10,500 ft). Leader:
Jack Sawyer ( Bill Marr (433-0743).  Level 4.
Kalaupapa National Historic Park Service Trip JULY 12 (MONDAY) JULY 31 (SATURDAY)
Group ExCom Meeting. Time & Place: 6- *Beginner Hike to Stanley B. Springs, Kyle
By Linda Nations 8:30p; local Sierra Club office, 732 S. 6th St. Canyon, SMNRA. About 1.5 mi to first spring.
(at Gass Ave.) Ste. 200B. All members welcome. Some may want to go up, over; others can rest,
lounge in wait for the gung ho. Which flowers are
N ine Sierra Club members traveled to the remote peninsula of Kalaupapa,
Molokai, Hawaii, as National Park Service (NPS) volunteers, April 26-
30, 2010. Over 350 hours were contributed to a variety of intertidal, cultural
Contact: Kristine Cunningham (285-6832, kris-
columbine, which wild rose? Leader: Jack Saw-
yer ( Level 1 or 3.
No Conservation Meeting. All ConsCom meet- AUGUST 1- 6 (SUNDAY-FRIDAY)
resource, and native Hawaiian plant projects. The work was strenuous, the *Service trip to Glacier NP, MT. Five days
ings have been canceled until further notice.
companionship outstanding, and the result was an unforgettable week. (Mon-Fri) doing trail or facility maintenance
JULY 14 (WEDNESDAY) near Polebridge area. Expect to put in 40 hours
Kalaupapa NHP is unique among General Program Meeting. Time & Place: of labor making this park even more welcoming,
NPS units. This park is home to 7:30 pm; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 W. Sahara (E. beautiful than we find it. Learn about challenges
patients with Hansen’s disease (lep- entrance, Wengert meeting room). Program: Glacier NP is facing. Easy to moderate. Co-
rosy). Nineteen patients still reside “Recycle Las Vegas!” Learn latest on local Leaders: Yuki Takagi (263-7327, yuki.takagi@
in the former “isolation” settlement. commercial, residential, industrial recycling., Ed Rothfuss.
Bob Coyle, VP with Republic Services, Rob
Patients are now free to leave but Dorinson, President of Evergreen Recycling, AUGUST 7 (SATURDAY)
from 1866 until 1969 Kalaupapa was will discuss how their companies are helping *Bonanza Peak, SMNRA. Starting from Cold
a prison to the “inmates” afflicted Nevadans live greener. Also, we’ll hear from Creek, switchback up to ridge for views of vast
with the disease. Modern drugs can our very own Eric “Appleseed” King about High desert valleys off toward Test Site. Elk from
arrest symptoms and destroy the Efficiency Composting/Vermicomposting! All Yellowstone NP were reintroduced to Spring
bacillus that causes it. The Park Ser- members, general public are welcome. Refresh- Mountains in 1930s. How do you tell elk from
deer? Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 4.
vice manages the cultural history and ments, announcements, free literature, too. Info:
natural resources of the community Eric King (677-4751). AUGUST 11 (WEDNESDAY)
JULY 17 (SATURDAY) No General Program Meeting.
through cooperative agreements with Crew: (Standing rear, l to r): Ursula Wilson Booth,
the State of Hawaii. Howard Booth, Sonya Wilson, Stan Peyton, Mike *PI (Photo Improvement) Hike, Valley of Fire AUGUST 14 (SATURDAY)
We assisted our co-sponsors, Eric Thorson, Linda Nations, John Harrington; and (front, State Park. Love to hike, take pictures along the Hidden Forest/Deadman Canyon, DNWR/
way? Hike will emphasize photography during Sheep Mtns Range. Hike “other” sky island with
Brown, Ph.D., marine ecologist, l to r) Grace Mitchell and Jack Sawyer. (Photo: Eric forests ponderosa pines, white fir trees -- across
enjoyable, short hike on beautiful White Domes
and Kaohulani McGuire, cultural Brown on Stan Peyton’s camera.) Loop in Nevada’s oldest state park, Valley of Highway 95 from Spring Mountains. Lunch on
anthropologist, with a variety of work. We helped with data collection for a master’s Fire. Bring camera(s), together we’ll discuss picnic tables at 5.7 mi then hike in another 0.5
study of opihi (limpets) habitat preferences, monitored endangered Hawaiian monk seals, how to make our hiking photos more appealing. mi to check on Wiregrass Springs (which may
removed invasive algae, hefted 306 lbs. of When do you need tripod? Are landscape photos be dry). An easy backpacking trip for some if
beach trash, cleaned the interior of a historic better with people in them? loop is 2.25 mi, with they wish. Moderate, about 11 mi RT, 2000 ft
Southern Nevada Group home, and did yard work at a patient’s home some shade. We’ll go slow to give everyone time gain (6000- 8000 ft). Leader: Eric Blumensaadt
to take LOTS of photos. After returning to car, (370-1836, Level 3-4.
Officers The Hawaiian monk seals are listed as en- AUGUST 22 (SUNDAY)
Chair Kristine Cunningham* 702-285-6832 dangered under the Endangered Species
Vice-Chair Par Rasmusson* 702-215-9119 and at the lighthouse. *Mummy Mountain, SMNRA. From Trail
Secretary Par Rasmusson* 702-215-9119
Act, and their population is currently around Canyon head to North Loop, then at 10,000 ft
Treasurer Taj Ainlay* 702-682-9361 1000 individuals. Kalaupapa’s remoteness With Scott Williams, archives manager,
leave trail to climb steep scree slope, scramble
At Large Scott Stevens* 702-561-1701 provides an ideal sanctuary for these beach- we relocated library shelving and books,
Compliance Open loving creatures. (Photo: John Harrington.)
Conservation Jane Feldman inventoried part of the archival collection, Please see SN CALENDAR, page 11.
Cool Cities Open and entered newspaper citations into the
Editor Yuki Takagi yuki.takagi@ archival database. With Luana Kaaihue,
Hwy Cleanup Sandee Herlands-Gogatz 702-248-4443 native Hawaiian plant specialist, we did
Membership Matt Van Note* 702-348-5473
garden maintenance and plant propaga-
Parks, Refuges
Jack Sawyer
Yuki Takagi
yuki.takagi@ tion. With Paul Hosten, Ph.D., terrestrial Don’t forget
Political Taj Ainlay* 702-682-9361 ecologist, we removed invasive weeds from
Eric King
Desiree Saporito
settlement sites. to visit the
On our last day, we were invited to a special
Chapter website
Social Matt Van Note* 702-348-5473
Webmaster Par Rasmusson* 702-215-9119 mass at historic St. Philomena Catholic church,
which was constructed by St. Damien (canon-
Sierra Club National Representative in S. Nevada
Regional Rep Vacant ized in October 2009). The Park Service staff
W. Regional Organizer Vinny Spotleson 702-732-7750 was very good to us. We send big “Mahalo nui
* ExCom member loa” to all our Kalaupapa friends.
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Calendar Calendar
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up to top at 11,500 ft High mountains can create 8:30p; local Sierra Club office, 732 S. 6th St. September 9 (Thursday) 5:30 p DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman (775-336-7698;
their own weather, especially if it’s humid, so be (at Gass Ave.) Ste. 200B. All members welcome. Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details Co-Leader: Bill
prepared. Threat of lightning will require earlier Contact: Kristine Cunningham (285-6832, kris- 7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (775- Myatt (775-233-3188;
than usual start for safety. What are fossils on 473-1445; Moderate. Mod. Strenuous.
top? About 10 mi, 4000 ft gain. Leader: David SEPTEMBER 26 (SUNDAY) September 11 (Saturday) 7:30 a-5 p September 20 (Monday) 5:30 p
Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@embarqmail. *Fletcher Loop, SMNRA. Start at Trail Canyon Anderson Peak on Pacific Crest Trail. First, Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See July 12
com; Email preferred). Level 5. (7500 ft). About 2 mi later (9300 ft), leave trail, hike over 0.5 mi rough granite. Then, for several for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-
AUGUST 28 (SATURDAY) drop into Fletcher Canyon. First part of drop hours follow PCT S along crests and saddles 1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445).
*North Loop to Lee Canyon Overlook, SMNRA. is steep but becomes less so. There is minor with endless vistas. Finally, ascend Anderson Mod. Easy.
Come up into pines for some cool mountain air. What obstacle rock to climb down, then rabbit hole Peak’s plateau-top, near famous Benson Hut. September 21 (Tuesday) 5:30 p
factors contribute to bristlecones doing well on this in middle of fine narrows. Where did the green Return same way. About 14 mi RT, 1900 ft Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details
ridge? Leader: Bill Marr (433-0743). Level 3-4. go? About 7 mi. Leader: David Hardy (875- total ascent. DOK. Leader: Gary Hanneman 9-7-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd (473-1445).
SEPTEMBER 8 (WEDNESDAY) 4549,; Email (775-336-7698; Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.
preferred). Level 2. Co-Leader: Lucrecia Belancio (775-851-9279;
No Conservation Meeting. All ConsCom meet- September 22 (Wednesday) 5:30 p
ings have been canceled until further notice. SEPTEMBER 23-26 Mod. Strenuous.
Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. Please See trip
SEPTEMBER 8 (WEDNESDAY) (THURSDAY-SUNDAY) September 11 (Saturday) 8 a details 8-4-10. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin
General Program Meeting. Time & Place: *Right Fork, Lamoille Creek & Canyon, Machado Postpiles Day Hike. Fire and ice on (473-1445). Moderate.
7:30 pm; NV Energy Bldg., 6226 W. Sahara (E. Machado Postpiles day hike in Carson Pass area.
Ruby Mtns near Elko, NV. Hike 4 mi into this September 23 (Thursday) 5:30 p
entrance, Wengert meeting room). Program: “dramatic hanging valley,” camp for two days at Existence and location of these natural hexago-
Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details
“Protecting Desert Biodiversity,” with Rob same spot while exploring, fishing small alpine nal basalt columns, similar to, but believed to
7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (775-
Mrowka, Nevada Conservation Advocate of lakes, climbing nearby valley peaks -- your be millions of years older than, Devils Postpile
473-1445; Moderate.
Center for Biodiversity. Rob will discuss how choice. What are long “humps” running on each near Mammoth. This was not confirmed until
he, his solid team of biologists are protecting a side of valley? Drive to Lamoille Creek Thurs- about 1990. That’s “fire”; “ice” is evidenced by September 25 (Saturday) 8:30 a
range of species such as desert tortoises, their day, Sept. 23. Car camp near parking lot (“car numerous large erratics and glacial striations Biz Johnson Mountain Bike. Bike out of Su-
habitat, while siting large projects such as pro- camping”). Hike in Friday morning, explore all near beginning of hike. About 5 mi in and out, sanville on great trail from old railroad bed. Trip
posed Large Solar thermal Array south of Las afternoon if you like. Saturda, explore, peak bag, about 800 ft gain. Not on trail. ND. Leader: T about 25 mi RT, one small hill, rest is relatively
Vegas! All members, general public welcome. fish, or lay around camp. Sunday morning hike Taro (775-530-2935). Mod. Strenuous. flat. Scenery landscaped with pines. Optional
Refreshments, announcements, free literature, stop at Black Bear Diner afterward for treat. ND.
out, drive home. Leader: Eric Blumensaadt (370- September 13 (Monday) 5:30 p Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-7488). Co-Leader:
too. Info: Eric King (677-4751). 1836, Level 2-3 backpack. Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See July 12
Mike Sullens (331-7488). Moderate.
SEPTEMBER 11 (SATURDAY) OCTOBER 2 (SATURDAY) for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-
*Griffith Peak, SMNRA. Up South Loop to one *Family Hike: Cathedral Rock, Kyle Can- 1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445). September 25 (Saturday) 7:30 a
of best views of Las Vegas region. Why is it hard yon, SMNRA. All ages (babies, too!). Friendly Mod. Easy. Leavitt Peak Day Hike. Hike up Leavitt Peak
to catch your breath up here? Leader: Bill Marr (11,569 ft), near Sonora Pass. About 13 mi RT
dogs welcome. Cool fall temperatures, autumn September 14 (Tuesday) 5:30 p mostly above 10,000 ft elevation; in and out
(433-0743). Level 4. colors (golden aspen trees), awesome view of Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike. See trip details
canyon and surrounding mountains at top of hike on PCT. About 1900 ft gain. Learn some
SEPTEMBER 12 (SUNDAY) 9-7-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd (473-1445).
“Rock.” Learn a little geology, too. About 2.8 history of area. Hikers should be experienced,
Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up, RRCNCA. Let’s Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-1445). Easy.
mi RT, 1000 ft gain. Leader: Gary Beckman conditioned. ND. Leader: T Taro (775-530-
polish up southern approach to our local jewel September 15 (Wednesday) 5:30 p 2935). Strenuous.
Red Rock Canyon. From cars, bikes, people (648-2983). Level 2. Fast-Paced Conditioning Hike. Please See 8-
OCTOBER 10 (SUNDAY) September 26 (Sunday) 9 a
honk, wave to show appreciation for our efforts. 4-10 for details. DOK. Leader: Holly Coughin
Please join us by meeting at Pizza Hut (Antelope Pine Creek, RRCNCA. North Fork of Main Tahoe Rim Trail South from Spooner Summit.
(473-1445). Moderate.
on West Charleston) at 8a. Back to Pizza Hut for Fork requires usual rock scrambling of canyons Hike alternate trail heading E through grove of
September 16 (Thursday) 5:30 p aspen trees. Turn S and W to Tahoe Rim Trail
lunch. Bring water, hat, sunscreen. Co-Lead- in Red Rock. Some water flows here and there in Moderate Conditioning Hike. See trip details
ers: Sandee Gogatz (248-4443), Jack Sawyer canyon bottom. Why is it so cool in this canyon heading S, for lunch at beautiful site overlook-
(228-3857). compared to where we start hike? About 6 mi.
7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill (775- ing both Carson Valley, Lake Tahoe. Return on
473-1445; Moderate. Tahoe Rim Trail. If we’re in luck, aspens will
SEPTEMBER 13 (MONDAY) Leader: David Hardy (875-4549, hardyhikers@; email preferred). Level 3. September 18 (Saturday) 8 a be in full fall color. About 8 mi, 1200 ft gain.
Group ExCom Meeting. Time & Place: 6- Three 10,000-Feet Peaks Day Hike. Hit the DOK. Leader: Donna Inversin (775-315-6763;
tops of three peaks each over 10,000 ft. Just S Moderate.
of Lake Tahoe are Freel, Jobs Sister, and Jobs September 27 (Monday) 5:30 p
peaks. Ascend all three in one day! Loop of about Monday Night Parks Cleanup. See July 12
10 mi, 4400 ft gain. Experienced, conditioned for details ND. Leader: Julie Woodard (473-
hikers only on this fast-paced event. ND. Leader: 1445). Co-Leader: Pat Kleames (473-1445).
T Taro (775-530-2935). Strenuous. Mod. Easy.
September 19 (Sunday) 8:30 a September 28 (Tuesday) 5:30 p
Fourth of July Lake Day Hike. This fabulous Last Tuesday Easy-Paced Conditioning Hike.
hike winds by several lakes, including Frog, Last Tuesday conditioning hike for 2010. See
Winnemucca, Round Top, and finally 4th of July trip details 9-7-10. DOK. Leader: Karen Todd
Lake. About 10 mi, 1000+ ft gain, loss. Learn (473-1445). Co-Leader: Yvonne Jerome (473-
about local flora, fauna. End our adventure at 1445). Easy.
Grover’s Hot Springs for soothing soak. Trip
September 29 (Wednesday) 5:30 p
limit 12. DL. Leader: Holly Coughlin (331-
Last Wednesday Conditioning Hike. Last for
7488). Co-Leader: Elias Dechent (825-7472).
2010. Please See trip details on 8-4-10. Get-to-
Mod. Strenuous.
gether after hike for dinner in near-by location.
September 19 (Sunday) 8 a-4:30 p DOK. Leader: Holly Coughlin (473-1445).
Castle, Basin Peaks Loop. Hike northbound Moderate.
Pacific Crest Trail past Peter Grubb Hut to
September 30 (Thursday) 5:30 p
OFF-trail ascent up Basin Peak’s western
Last Thursday Moderate Conditioning Hike.
slopes. Following cliff-edge saddle trail, cross
Last Thursday after-work hike for 2010. See trip
over to Castle’s first two Peaks at 9100 ft and
details 7-1-10. DOK. Leader: Grace C. Caudill
peek at third. Steep, mostly on-trail descent
(775-473-1445; Moderate.
back to PCT. About 13 mi RT, 2000 ft gain.

NV predator management . . .
continued from page 6 All participants on Sierra Club out-
ings are required to sign a standard liability
have taken into account that Nevada predator kills vs. deer numbers for the past waiver. If you would like to read the liabil-
Department of Wildlife (NDOW) had
already planned an expenditure of over
10 years. Using reasonable extrapolation
for FY 09 - FY 10, about 85,000 coyotes
ity waiver before you chose to participate
on an outing, please go to: <http://www.
$550,000 for FY 2010 for the same pur- have been killed in Nevada from all causes>,
pose. The monies were available through (Wildlife Services, fur trappers), as well or check with your Outing Chair. TRAILS
the $3 predator fee that sportsmen pay as about 2000 cougars (sportsmen/Wild-
when they purchase a license and tag. life Services). Meanwhile, statewide mule the Wildlife Commissioners’ hope that
Over the past 10 years (FY 00 - FY 10), deer numbers in FY 00 were estimated at its only enhancement strategy -- killing
NDOW and the commission have spent an 133,000, descending to a low of 105,000 predators -- will see mule deer numbers
estimated $3 million killing predators. in FY 04, with the current 10-year average rise to about 200,000!
Does killing predators enhance mule standing at 110,000.
These figures don’t seem to support
Concerned sportsmen and the general pub- for OCT-NOV-DEC issue
deer numbers? Here’s the record on lic need to work together to effect change.
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Bookshelf continued from page 1 continued from page 5
was posted on the website of the Great swimming along the way. Easy hike, 6 mi RT.
Bring lunch, plenty of water, hat, sunscreen, hiking
hiking nevada’s Basin Water Network: http://great-
boots, etc. Meet 8a, ML Union Bank parking lot
or 8:45 at Lee Vining Ranger Station on Hwy 120.
county high points Staggering results! The Great Basin Leaders: Jean Dillingham (760 648 7109), John
By bob sumner Water Network (GBWN) analysis of the Walter (760 934 1767) No dogs.
Spotted Dog Press • Bishop, CA • 2009 protests posted on-line on the Nevada September 25 26
State Engineer’s website (http://water. (Saturday-Sunday)
A new guidebook by Sierra of Nevada’s wilderness, remote and show over 2300 protests were Big Pine Campout or Day Hike near Third
Club desert peaker, Bob Sumner, seldom visited -- the big sky country filed before the tight deadlines. Lake. About 12 mi, with 3000 ft gain in first 5
describes the adventure, beauty and of sagebrush and pine. Thanks to a generous contribution, mi. Option for alternate 8 mi day hike to Third
Lake and back. South of this lake basin are im-
solitude found on Nevada’s highest The book’s trails meander through the Toiyabe Chapter was able to protest posing Temple Craig, Mt. Sill, North Palisade
county summits while also illumi- bristlecone pines, the oldest trees on dozens of applications in targeted valleys (the latter two both 14,000-ft peaks). North
nating some of the state’s lesser the planet, to the summits of Bound- in Nevada. A large number (150) of indi- Palisade Glacier south of Third Lake is nearly 2
known wild places. ary Peak, Nevada’s highest, and viduals and families from all over Nevada mi in length, several hundred feet thick. Parking
Wheeler Peak, in Great Basin Na- and Utah filed over 600 protests of water limited at road’s end, 10 mi up canyon. Meet
Central Nevada resident and author, Saturday, 8a, ML Union Bank parking lot for
Bob Sumner, has put his lifelong love tional Park, to the historic overlook applications by the SNWA and other water drive. Owens Valley hikers meet in Big Pine by
of the desert into his new historic ad- of Mount Davidson above Virginia purveyors hoping to mine groundwater 9a, Hwy 395/Crocker Ave.(Glacier Lodge Road).
venture guidebook, Hiking Nevada’s City; along alpine lakes and cliffs to from the ancient carbonate aquifer under- Begin hike around 10a. Day hikers and camp-
County High Points. Sumner shares Ruby Dome; past herds of pronghorn lying E. Nevada and W. Utah. ers need raingear, hiking boots, warm clothes.
Also needed are food, sun glasses, sunscreen,
his favorite scenic hikes to the high- antelope to Mount Jefferson in Nye Eight other conservation groups, water purifiers (or plenty of water for day hik-
est mountain summits in each of County; around the old Pony Ex- including GBWN, Sierra Club Utah ers). Bring camera. Those with fishing gear are
press trail in the pursuit of Desatoya, chapter, Center for Biological Diver- welcome. Leaders: Monica & Ron Stormo (760
Nevada’s 16 counties and the state
Churchill County’s high point. sity, Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon 876 5401), Grethe & Henning Jensen (760 934
capital, Carson City. Council of Utah, and Trout Unlimited, 7176). Dogs limited.
Many readers will recognize the Hiking Nevada’s County High
filed over 400 protests. Ten counties in
familiar summits of Charleston Peak Points is a comprehensive driving
near Las Vegas and Mount Rose above and hiking guide to the summits of
three states filed protests, along with SERVICE TRIP . . .
other local government agencies and continued from page 8
Reno. However, hiking Nevada’s Nevada’s 16 counties and Carson irrigation companies. Twelve civic and
County High Points goes far beyond City. Author Sumner describes each religious groups, including the LDS
To make toting downhill easier, a frame
backcountry adventure in abundant backpack should work well to strap guz-
the known. Into the most remote church, filed protests on applications zler pieces to. Probably two carries per
depths of Nevada’s rural counties, detail with chapters that include: in eastern and southern Nevada. Three day, except one only on first and last days.
Sumner’s routes cross the Great Ba- • Driving and route instructions state agencies and five federal agen- Central commissary optional; $20; three
sin, where mountain ranges seem to • Camping and lodging locations   cies filed over 600 protests. Ranchers, dinners and three breakfasts. High clearance
float like earthen islands above the • A “bonus” peak which can be com- businesses, and other groups rounded recommended.
desert valleys, to the beautiful world bined with the county high point out the massive wave of protests.     As John Miller says: “I would suggest that
• A side trip to a near- The waiting game. All are now await- everyone who is coming start training/ walk-
by point of interest ing clarification by the Nevada Supreme ing regularly. Remember we’re at elevation
Court of its due process ruling on which and merely walking can be more strenuous.
• Historic background I am looking forward to entertaining my
for each high point applications and/or water rights are af-
favorite Stakeholders. We’ll do our best to
Outdoor enthusiasts fected and how the implementation of carry all the guzzler pieces out of there.”
from all over the coun- its ruling will proceed. Reservations. Contact leader, Vicky
try will appreciate the What you can do. For more infor- Hoover (415-977-5527, vicky.hoover@
journeys contained in mation on the chapter water campaign,
this “must have” guide contact Rose Strickland, Water Cam-
to the state’s diverse paign Coordinator (775-329-6118).
and challenging high
points. Alpine scenery,
towering limber pines,
lush riparian canyons,
wind-sculpted rock
SEPTEMBER 1 Toiyabe Chapter
walls with hundred-
mile vistas are here
ExCom Meeting
for the exploring in July 10,
Sumner’s book. Mammoth Lakes
About the author. For details,
Central Nevada resi- contact the Chair,
dent and Hiking Ne- David Hornbeck
vada’s County High
Points author, Bob for OCT-NOV-DEC issue
Sumner, has been
hiking and climb-
ing throughout the
“Boots” McFarland

West for more than

25 years and has sum- © 2010 Geolyn Carvin

mited more than 1400

Editor of the ven-
erable Desert Peaks
newsletter, The Desert
Sage, Sumner has con-
tributed hiking articles
for various publica-
tions. On any given
weekend, Bob can be
found exploring the
most remote regions
1400 of the Silver State.