What's Ahead This Weekend

Staff Writer

Summer is in full swing and there is more to do than time to do it. Here's a sampling:

Consolidated Mine Tour, Aug.6
Come join Mammoth Lakes Trail System (MLTS) Stewards and trained volunteers to explore the historic Mammoth Consolidated Mine Site located at the Heart Lake/ Duck Pass Trailhead at Coldwater Creek Campgrounds. These guided tours will take participants along the shade-covered, easily accessible walking path which explores the remaining structures and machinery used by miners during its peak years of operation. A veritable walk through the past, these tours tell the tale of Mammoth’s origins as a mining camp and township and are accessible to participants of all ages and ability.
Meet at the trailhead at 1 p.m. For more information call 760-873-6500 or email MLTSstewards@friendsoftheinyo.org

Stories of a Snow Surveyor hike, Aug. 7
This moderate, 2-3 hour hike begins at Horseshoe Lake and heads out towards Mammoth Pass to explore the experiences of the hardy men and women who head out on skis to survey snow conditions in the high mountain wilderness of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. We will share their stories of the storms and treacherous terrain they regularly encounter, how and where they collect snow data, and why the greater story of what that data tells resource managers matters to the rest of us. Meet at Horseshoe Lake Trailhead at 1pm.
For more information call 760-873-6500 or email MLTSstewards@friendsoftheinyo.org

Sticks and Stone Table, Lake George, Aug. 8
This is the perfect opportunity to hold the natural world of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System in the palm of your hand. A table attended by a Mammoth Lakes Trail System Steward will be set up at Lake George with all sorts of hands on exhibits. Feel free to stop by and spend as much time as you would like exploring the differences between various rocks and trees. Then take your new skills out on the trails and put them to use. This event will begin at 11a.m. and will last a few hours so we hope to see you there. For more information call 760-873-6500 or email MLTSstewards@friendsoftheinyo.org

Eastern Sierra Audubon Birding, Aug. 8
Meet at Sweetwater Coffee Shoppe in Walker at 8 a.m. on Aug. 8 to head out from the Sweetwater Coffee Shoppe in Walker/Coleville for several hours to hopefully find some new species to add to our list. Beginner birders are welcome. We have extra pairs of binoculars. Contact Ele
Elena Espinosa
928-300-8088 or at

Audubon COSA walk, Aug. 8
Meet at 8 a.m. in Bishop at the BLM/Forest Service building on Line Street for a great walk for birders of all ages and abilities and all physical abilities as the pace is slow and easy and flat, and wheel chair accessible as the path is ADA certified. We will bring extra binoculars and field guides to share.
For more information and directions or if you are interested in leading a future monthly walk: Jenny63@gmail.com or check out the web: www.esaudubon.org .

Good Livin' celebrates life of Chip Van Nattan, August 8
Dance to the music of Chip's favorite band playing rock, folk and golden oldies on the outdoor stage at The Gallery at Twin Lakes Saturday August 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. Open to all. Bring a chair and picnic basket. Parking is limited, please carpool. The gallery is at 2749 Lake Mary Road. Contact 760-924-7300 for more information.

June Lake Historical Society Meeting, Aug. 8
The 7th Annual Meeting of the June Lake Loop Historical Society will be held at 6 p.m. August 6, 2015 at the June Lake Community Center. The guest speaker will be Gary Jones, owner of Silver Lake Resort. There will be a raffle, and refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to come hear about the history of Silver Lake. For more information, contact Patti at 760-648-1914.

10k and Half Marathon, Aug. 8
Join Sierra Nevada Races in their Quake & Shake event! The event consists of two races, a 10k and Half Marathon beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 10 at the Inyo Craters parking lot. All family and friends are invited to participate in either race. Race registration is $30 for either. For more information and to register, visit www.sierra-nevada-races.com.

Farewell to Summer Luau, Aug. 8
On Aug. 8, this event will provide Huli chicken, pulled pork, rice, Oriental salad, fresh fruit and dessert. A special performance will also take place, including Rob Pearce and his horse Enoch. The performance will take place at 5 p.m., and dinner will follow at 6 p.m. Everything happens at the Freedom in Motion Riding Center. Guests are asked to RSVP by August 5th – tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. For information and to RSVP, call 760-933-2606 or email fim@qnet.com.

Tree Hike near Mammoth Rock, Aug. 9
Indicative of the Eastern Sierra, drastic changes in elevation here allow for the overlap of alpine, sub-alpine and high desert plant communities. This also provides easier access to different forest communities and can better illustrate what tree species occur where and why. The Mammoth Lakes Trail System is home to about 10 different species of trees. Come on out and learn how to ID these different trees based on their distinct characteristics. These hikes will last 1-2 hours and will be moderate in difficulty.
Meet at Mammoth Rock Trailhead at 11 am. For more information call 760-873-6500 or email MLTSstewards@friendsoftheinyo.org

Sierra Club hike, Paiute Pass, August 9
This is a 9.6 mile hike round trip with 2200 feet of elevation gain to the top of the pass. Meet at 8 a.m. August 9 at the Mammoth Union Bank or 9:30 a.m. at the North Lake parking lot. For info, contact Dick at rhihn@gmail.com.