Owens Peak Group
P.O. Box 1569
Chair & Treasurer: Dennis Burge
Vice Chair: Steve Smith
Secretary: need one
Conservation Chair - need one
Outings: Dennis Burge
At Large: Paul Colter, Donna Leech, Stan Haye
Meetings: are held monthly usually on 4th Mondays , 7:30 p.m.at the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA. and are open to all. Call Dennis (760) 375-7967
"All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver."
Apr 19 (Sat) APRIL FLOWER HIKE (First hot-spot - max elev. 5900ft, elev. gain 600 ft, 1.75 mi RT; Second hot-spot - max elev. 6000 ft, elev. gain, 1000 ft, 2.5 mi RT) Two nice hot-spots with fields of coreopsis, poppies, and many other varieties. Great wildflower photo opportunities, with fine views of the Southern Sierra Crest and Indian Wells Canyon country. This will be an easy hike. Meet Sat, Apr 19, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at 760-375-7967 or Jim Nichols at 760-375-8161.
Sept 20 (Sat) N FORK OF OAK CREEK, APPROACH TO BAXTER PASS (N Fork of Oak Creek Trailhead, 6 mi NW of Independence, ~9000 ft max elevation, 1000 - 3000 elevation gain, 2 - 6 mi RT) Continuing our exploration of the Eastern Lateral Approaches to the Sierra Nevada, we will venture up the N Fork of Oak Creek to explore the site of two of Nature's most savage recent terrain modification events. In July 2007, this approach to Baxter Pass was burnt over by the Oak Fire. A year and a week later, a monsoonal cloudburst in the high country above the N and S Oak Creek Forks caused a wall of water to devastate the Oak Creek Campground, flood the Mt Whitney Fish Hatchery, and close Hwy 395. We will explore what this area looks like 5 years later. We will climb 1 - 3 mi up the trail toward Baxter Pass, the distance depending on the condition of the trail. An easy to moderate hike, depending on how far we go up the trail. Meet Sat, Sept 20, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. For more information, call Dennis Burge at (760) 375-7967 or Jim Nichols at (760) 375-8161.
Oct 11 (Sat) ASPEN GROVE TOUR (Kern Plateau, ~8500 ft elevation, ~1500 ft gain, ~6 mi RT) Leisurely hike to visit and photograph the best of the aspen groves turning golden with fall splendor (hopefully!). The locations will depend on climate, seasonal variations, and maybe the current fire limitations, if any. Hooker, Jackass McConnell, Albanita and other meadows will be considered. We will learn to identify the trees and how they respond to the changing seasons. Easy/Moderate due to length and elevation gain. Meet Sat, Oct 11, at 7:30 AM at the Ridgecrest Cinema parking lot. Call Dennis Burge at (760) 375-7967 or Jim Nichols at (760) 375-8161 for more info.
BLM is always looking for volunteers to help
with various projects - contact Marty Dickes for more info.
To Kern-Kaweah Chapter page and Roadrunner Newsletter on-line
Back issues here too. Get ALL the news!!
Local and regional environmental Links
Giant Sequoia National Monument Planning Process - VERY important
that you pay attention to what's going on!! Monument Management Plan has been released and challenged.
see at http://www.r5.fs.fed.us/giant_sequoia.index.htm
Owens Valley Committee keeping an eye on the Lower Owens River rewatering project and what's going on at the Lake. ***!!! December 6, 2006, WATER PUT INTO THE OWENS RIVER. !! The river is recovering nicely! Go visit it at any one of the bridge crossings.
Mono Lake Committee Links page - an incredible resource of links to birds, government stuff, everything about the lake, etc. etc.
Ridgecrest area BLM has some issues going right now. Check news.
Active Fire Maps - wanna see what burned this calendar year? Or where active fires are now in CA and NV. A most interesting map!! Takes a while to download.
Inyo National Forest page with lots of great info about the attractions nearby, planning documents, etc. Also place to comment about the proposed Roadless Areas in National Forests, Inyo wants to get into logging now too. Forest Planning is ongoing now.
Sequoia National Forest contact points, etc; Just started revision of the 1988 Forest Management Plan. See their web page to get in on this
Region 5 USFS You can get a whole bunch of info here, find out about Giant Sequoia National Monument, see what other issues are being worked on right now.
California State Parks Who knows what the budget will do to our Parks...
National Parks ; revised front pages not much good - click on "in depth" button to get to the original pages with lots of info.
Death Valley National Park official web page and link to The Morning Report (road conditions)
Death Valley Tourist Info lots of info, numbers, etc. which is not on the official DV page; done by Janet W.
Mojave National Preserve
, lots of useful stuff on our lovely park. Kelso Depot is OPEN as a Visitor
Center- drop by to see this most elegant building in action. Lunch counter is
now serving too. Great displays.
1. Meet the new Sierra Club President
2. Sierra Club 101, the long-awaited primer for new volunteers
3. A new Board of Directors list
4. An updated volunteer leaders directory
6. New schedules for the Sierra Club Training Academy
and the Sierra Student Coalition summer trainings
7. New talking points on forest fires and the horrendous energy
8. New stories, art for chapter and group newsletters.
To Kern-Kaweah Chapter page, and Roadrunner Newsletter on-line and links to local issue items
Sierra Club, California Chapters
The Sierra Club Home Page
Owens Peak Webmistress