Moving to Restore Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley

Events around Muir's March aim to build support for draining the famous valley
Staff Writer

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the federal government’s decision to clear-cut and flood the famous Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park.  So it seems appropriate that the annual Muir’s March—an event that aims to raise awareness and funds for the campaign to remove the dam and bring this area back to life—is kicking it up a notch.

This year, participants can not only take guided backpacking trips and hikes, but they can participate in Muir’s Ride, a three-day cycling tour. The 200-mile route will start at Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland on July 31 and end at O’Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite. There, the cyclists will unite with the Muir’s Marchers who will be returning from five separate backcountry backpacking trips.

The ride will be led by professional guides and supported by a team from the CCSD Sport event. Riders will travel between 60 to 90 miles each day over the coast range, across the San Joaquin Valley and then through the Sierra Foothills. The ride will end on August 3rd at the entrance to Hetch Hetchy Valley.

If you’re interested, make sure to register early as the trip is limited to 30 riders. The cost is a minimum fundraising total of $1,400 for the Restore Hetch Hetchy organization, along with a $100 registration fee.

To learn more, visit the event’s official website.

Via National Parks Traveler. 

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