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First-ever “Ezakimak”

A run-snowshoe-ski race from the base of Mammoth Mountain (9,000 feet) to the summit (11,053 feet) is set for Saturday, April 4. It begins at 4 p.m. with the race at 7 p.m.

It follows the Kamikaze downhill mountain bike trail, except backward (hence Ezakimak).

See the schedule online via Mammoth Mountain

Easter Week

Good Friday on Friday, Easter Sunday

Zabriskie Point now open, wildflowers abloom

Just in time for springtime visitors, Death Valley National Park announced that access to Zabriskie Point and surrounding areas are now open. Major rehabilitation work at the site that took place during the winter has been completed. Unstable support walls were repaired to improve safety conditions, and concrete benches have been installed on the walkway leading up to the vista point.

Schulman Grove Road in Ancient Bristlecone Forest open

Because of the warm, dry winter, road crews have been able open the road to the Schulman Grove, according to the Inyo National Forest. It had been previously closed at Sierra View. The Visitor Center remains closed. The road is gated one-half mile beyond the Schulman Grove parking lot and substantial snow still exists along Patriarch Grove Road.

Save a (wild)life, April 12, April 16

Eastern Sierra Wildlife Care volunteers are needed to help care for orphaned and injured wild birds and mammals or with rescues, transport, education, fundraising and more. Call Kelly at 760-872-1487 to reserve a space or for further information.

Free Snowmobile Avalanche Awareness Clinic April 3

ALL winter sports enthusiasts are welcome, June Mountain Conference Center. $5 suggested donation for the facility, Friday, April 3 at 6:30pm. If there is enough snow, the field session will be on Saturday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area (BWRA, near Sonora Pass.

Forest roads plan up for review, April 21 public meeting

The fate of local forest roads including access and maintenance is the topic of an April 21 meeting in Bishop, with the Inyo National Forest seeking input from the public.

The meeting takes the next step after a years’ long effort to identify and sign all the forest’s roads to the next level, asking the public which of those roads should be maintained and at what level.

For more information, contact Deb Schweizer at 760-873-2427 or email her at debraschweizer@fs,fed,us

Owens Lake Bird Festival April 24-25.

Sign up now and reserve your lodging in Lone Pine for an exceptional weekend of birding and discovery at Owens Lake Important Bird Area.

The festival kicks off Friday evening, April 24 with a reception at the Lone Pine Film History Museum featuring the film, The Legacy of Owens Lake. On Saturday, local experts will lead a series of tours on and around the lake in the morning and afternoon. Four fascinating speakers will offer insights about the lake and its birds over lunch. The day will close with an evening reception at the Interagency Visitor Center showcasing Robin Black's photography exhibit Second Chance: The Owens Lake Project. For more information including a complete list of tours and leaders, visit friendsoftheinyo.org.

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