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Hope Valley Ecology & Historic Mine Hike (easy)


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This hike will sample a bit of beautiful scenery, old mines, an exciting geological history, a variety of ecosystems, historic trails and a wide biodiversity all of these aspects of Hope Valley. We will carpool to and start the hike from a local ranching landmark. Following an old road we pass by some beaver dams and through Jurassic granite, the backbone of the Sierra, several vegetative types, including aspens, to the site of the first copper diggings in Alpine County. There be enough time to investigate the remains of the mine from different time periods. Our route then takes us cross country through open meadows with great views and across forested ridges of some of the oldest rock in the range. As we rejoin Red Lake Creek, time will be available to study the interaction of beavers, aspens, and their environment. Finally we will follow another old road along glacial moraine deposits and more aspens back to the Red Corral. 

This hike is about two miles long with a vertical differential of only 150' at a average elevation of 7400'. There will be some creek crossings and about 7/10th of a mile of cross country travel through fairly open but uneven ground. Anyone over the age of 6 and in decent physical condition should have no problem making the walk.

Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

$25 per person


All festival participants must sign a liability waiver and media release form prior to participating in an activity.  The form will be provided at the start of each event. Click here for an example of the waiver and release language

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