July 17, 2008

Outbound Escapes

By Genny Howe, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

Jul. 17--Trek the Tahoe trails

Celebrate Tahoe's playground July 19 with free guided hiking options at Lake Tahoe's Trail Fest, hosted by the Tahoe Rim Trail Assocation.

Included in the annual event will be a family hike from Commons Beach to Page Meadows, a Page Meadows wildflower hike (eight miles), a Galena Falls waterfall hike near Mt. Rose and the Brockway Summit Vista hike (four to five miles), along with an Alpenglow Sports seven-mile trail run, Tahoe Paddleboards demonstrations, live music and an outdoor equipment expo showcasing more than 20 vendors.

The Trail Fest kicks off at 9 a.m. at Commons Beach Park in Tahoe City. Early registration for activities is recommended.

For more information: www.tahoerimtrail.org.

Bay Area attractions

The Valley too hot for you? Head to the Bay Area for one of these events.

--The Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, part of the Source to Sea Festival on July 18 and 19 at CounterPulse (1310 Mission St.) in San Francisco; $15 per day, $25 for both days; www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org.

--The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project on July 26 at Ocean Beach in San Francisco; free (reservations required); for ages 21 and older; www.barefootwine.com/beachrescue.

--The Chabot Space & Science Center's Sunday Family Hikes, featuring Redwood to Cosmos for ages 8 and older and the Little Tike Family Hike for ages 5 and older on July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24 at Chabot (10000 Skyline Blvd.) in Oakland; $5, plus admission to Chabot ($9-$13); www.chabotspace.org.

--The Festival of Sail San Francisco on July 23-27 at San Francisco's Pier 30/32; $10-$200; www.festivalofsail.org.

--The Western Outdoor News and Coastside Fishing Club's fourth annual San Francisco Bay Golden Gate Jackpot on July 26 at the Berkeley Marina; $75; www.coastsidefishingclub.com.

--The San Francisco Marathon on Aug. 3 from the Embarcadero; $30-$115; www.runsfm.com.

Explore Auburn's nature

Visitors to the Placer Nature Center can discover what lives around the upper Clementine Beach area during an interpretive walk at 1 p.m. July 19.

While there, explore the interactive exhibits, the American Indian village and the history garden.

The Placer Nature Center is at 3700 Christian Valley Road, Auburn.

For more information:www.placernaturecenter.org.

4-wheeling Sierra trek

Make your next family vacation a four-wheel-drive run on the Fordyce Creek Trail during the 41st annual Sierra Trek, Aug. 7-9.

The California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs hosts the family- oriented event, which will have its base camp at the Cisco Grove Campground.

The trek also offers elective runs along with a climbing wall, games for the kids, a vendor show and a live band in the evenings at camp.

It costs $130-$160 general, $40 for ages 7-15, free for ages 6 and younger. Fees include breakfast and dinner each day, and all camping fees. For more information, www.cal4wheel.com.


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