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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July 6, 2011 lC SPORTS AND RE CREAT I O N Ta y lo rs vi l le 's Silver Buckle Each Fourth of July, the town of Taylorsville wins big with its popular Silver Buckle Rodeo, which celebrated its 62rid year last Monday, thanks to the Indian Valley Riding and Roping Club. The timed events such as tie-down roping, left, and barrel racing, below, require well-trained horses, while events such as saddle bronc riding, bottom left, require horses of a different disposition. Photos by Shannon Morrow IL Many things planned for local trails DELAINE FRAGNOLI Managing Editor dfragnoti@plumasnews.com As a fan of both trails and fire lookouts, I was excited to hear that the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is explor- ing the possibility of working with the Sierraville Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest to restore the Bade- naught Trail, which leads from Loyalton to the Babbitt Peak Fire Lookout. Burned over in 1994, the trail has been in a state of dis- repair and disuse ever since. Photos posted to the SBTS website, (sierratrails.org) show much of the alignment intact, but overgrown and choked with brush and downed trees. The pics also hint at the scenic Potential of the route. To top things off, the trail ends at Babbitt Peak Lookout, which I understand is still manned for fire detection. The Yahi Group of the Sier- ra Club, out of Chico, heads to Lassen Volcanic National park Saturday, July 30, to climb Mount Conard. The 7.5-mile round trip gains 1,500 feet on the way to the 8,204-foot summit. En route, you can enjoy Mill Creek Falls and beautiful meadows. The last mile is a cross-country climb along a ridge. From the top, you have great views of Lassen Peak, Brokeoff and the surrounding area. Bring lunch, water and boots with good tread. The group meets at Chico Park and Ride at 8 a.m. Contact leader Alan at 891-8789 or aj- mendoza@prodigy.net for al- ternate arrangements. The Sierra Institute has slated a new tour of interest to outdoor enthusiasts: "The Best of Lake Almanor: Biking, Birding, Barbecuing and Boating," is set for Friday, Ju- ly 22. Participants will either walk or bike (you need to bring your own bike) the paved Lake Almanor Recre- ational Trail, looking for birds. Afterwards, you'll join wa- tershed coordinator Emily Creely for a boat ride on the lake. She will describe the lake ecology, explain its im- portance and discuss local ef- forts to preserve it. The tour concludes with a lakeside barbecue. The tour startsat 7 a.m. at Lake Almanor boat ramp and picnic grounds. Tour will end around 1 p.m. To register, contact Lauri Rawlins-Betta at 284-1022 or lrawlins@sierrainstitute.us. For more information, visit sierrainstitute.us. The Mt. Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society offers a series of free public outings, including two this month in our area. Although the group hails from Chico, alternate meeting sites can be arranged to accommodate those living in Plumas. The group heads to Hell- grammite Lakes in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, out- side of Graeagle, to look at fens Saturday, July 16, accom- panied by a Forest Service guide. The group describes the Lakes Basin as "the gem of the Plumas National Forest with 50 or more crystal alpine lakes confined within five small glacial basins." The group will visit one of the larger glaciated lake basins, hiking a gradual two miles to Hellgrammite Lake, elevation 6,900 feet, where you can learn about nearby fens. A fen is like a bog, but it supports more diverse plant life. Fens often feature floating edges or islands of matted vegetation. Expect to see a variety of flow- ering plants and shrubs in a forest setting. Bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes and sun/insect protec- tion. Call leaders Gerry (893- 5123) and Wes (342-2293) for al- ternate meeting site. The group will visit Wilson Lake in the Lassen National Forest on Sunday, July 24. From the southern slopes of Lassen Peak in Plumas Coun- ty, the group will take gravel county roads, enjoying short easy walks to view floral dis- plays and interesting areas in and around Wilson Lake. You'll also have great views of the North Fork Feather River headwaters. Bring lunch, water, sturdy shoes and sun/insect protec- tion. Call leaders Emilie (894- 8057) and Gerry (893-5123) to arrange a meeting point. Lassen Land and Trails Trust is offering one of its Bizz Johnson Trail shuttles Saturday, July 16. The series of bike shuttles continues the first and third Saturdays of each month through Octo- ber. Shuttles are planned for Aug. 6 and 20, Sept. 3 and 17, and Oct. 1, 15 and 29 (the an- nual fall colors ride). The Bureau of Land Man- agement (BLM) provides a truck and trailer to shuttle bikes from Susanville to starting points along the trail. Lassen Rural Bus trans- ports hikers and bike riders as part of its regularly sched- uled service between Su- sanville and Westwood. The shuttles allow people to arrange one-way -- and most- ly downhill -- trips on the trail without having to plan their own vehicle shuttles. The BLM shuttle and ac- companying Lassen Rural Bus will depart from the Su- sanville Railroad Depot on Richmond Road at 8:30 a.m., making stops at Devil's Cor- ral (7-mile return ride), Fre- donyer Summit (12 miles) and Mason Station (18 miles) en route to the final stop at the Westwood trailhead (30 miles). Separate bike shuttle fees and bus fares vary ac- cording to stop. Participants shouldbe at the Susanville Depot a half- hour before departure to al- low time for bicycle loading. To reserve space, visit the Lassen Land and Trails Trust website, llttweb.org, and click on the event regis- tration link. More informa- tion is available by calling 257-3252. Round Valley Run happens next month near Greenville The 29th annual Round Valley Run & Walk, hosted by Plumas Rural Services' Community Connections, will take place at Round Valley Lake in the moun- tains near Greenville on Saturday, Aug. 6. The event is a fundraiser for the county-wide volun- teer program Community Connections, Race director and coordi- nator of Community Connections, Leslie Wall, says, "Community Connec- tions is best described as a network of community members, agencies and businesses who volunteer their time and talents to provide services to support each other, families in need, and their community. When communities join together, everyone has an opportunity to make a dif- ference." Since July 2010, Commu- nity Connections members have exchanged over 1,200 services representing more than 3,700 hours of service. Race day registration and check-in will occur from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Round Val- ley Lake. The run is a 5.4 mile scenic, flat course around Round Valley Lake and the walk is a two mile out-and-back course along the lake. There is a junior run for youth aged 11-17 that is an out-and-back 1.5 mile run, and a 200-yard kids run for children 10 and under. The kids run will start at 8:30 a.m., while all other events will start at 9 a.m. Activities for the kids will be available during the race for parent runners and walkers. Ribbons are given to all walkers and custom-made medals, three deep, are awarded to seven age-cate- gory winners, both men and women. Overall winners and run- ners-up receive cash prizes and photos of their finish. There are nearly $1,000 worth of gift certificates and prizes awarded in a drawing for all partici- pants, as well as prizes for everyone who participates in the kids run. Race day registration is $25 for adults, $20 for ju- niors aged 11-17 and walk- ers, and free for kids 10 and under. Pre-register by July 30 and receive a $5 registra- tion discount. Pre-registra- tion forms are available at roundvalleyrun.com or by emailing lwall@plumasruralservices .org. For more information, call race director Leslie Wall at 283-3611, ext. 18.