San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 04, 2012
The 5th annual Muir’s March treks will take place from July 21st – July 27th, 2013 it was announced today. Marking the 100th anniversary of the federal government’s decision to clear-cut and flood Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley, the 2013 fundraising treks include six guided backpacking trips (plus a trip just for families) in Yosemite National Park. The treks range from 7 days to one day and this year, for the first time, a 5-day trek has been added.
“The 2013 Muir’s March will have a special resonance: John Muir’s fight to save Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley was lost 100 years ago this coming summer – but the good news is that the righteous fight to restore what he described as ‘one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples’ continues to grow stronger every day,” said Mike Marshall, executive director of Restore Hetch Hetchy. “This past year has seen heightened awareness of Restore Hetch Hetchy’s mission, with our – and John Muir’s – message reaching millions of people across the country and the globe. We anticipate a record number of participants in 2013, all of who will experience the stunning views and incredible majesty of Yosemite, while also making a powerful statement of support for the restoration of this natural treasure.”
Muir’s March allows backpackers to experience Yosemite National Park’s pristine wilderness in a unique way, taking them on a journey through the beauty of Yosemite National Park’s less-traveled trails. The treks literally and figuratively follow in Muir’s footsteps, accommodate a range of backpacking experience and fitness levels, and are open to anyone who can raise a minimum of $100.* Muir’s March 2012 covered over a thousand miles and raised tens of thousands of dollars for Restore Hetch Hetchy.
Muir’s March participants can choose from six scenic treks, each led by two experienced wilderness guides, and varying in length from one to seven days. Each group is comprised of no more than 10 participants, so space is limited. Participants are encouraged to sign up early. The treks will converge July 27th atop the O'Shaughnessy Dam. Each participant commits to raising a minimum amount of funds* for Restore Hetch Hetchy prior to participating. Hikers and backpackers of all skill levels and ages are welcome. One trip is organized specifically for children and families.
The Muir’s March Guided Treks:
Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne – This is the most strenuous course which follows the Tuolumne River down into the Pate Valley, up to Table Lake and then back down to the banks of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. This is a 45-mile, 7-day trek which includes Muir Gorge and Rancheria Falls.
Lake to Lake – A tour of the lakes in the central area of Yosemite National Park beginning at May Lake, this 43-mile, 7-day trip visits Raisin Lake, Polly Dome Lake and Ten Lakes before heading west to Harden Lake and Smith Meadow.
The Long Loop – Beginning at Hetch Hetchy, this scenic 5-day, 30-mile route takes trekkers to Rancheria Falls, through TilTill Valley to Vernon Lake and Laurel Lake.
The Kids Trip – Suitable for children 8 years of age and older with an adult, the 4-day, 15-mile route begins at Camp Mather and proceeds to Smith Meadow for two overnights with a day trip to climb Smith Peak.
The Li'l Loop – A somewhat more strenuous 4-day trek is a 16-mile loop from Hetch Hetchy to Miguel Meadow and Laurel Lake.
The Wapama Stroll – This is a 1-day hike perfect for families and friends of all ages. This hike includes two nights of camping, a specially prepared gourmet barbecue on Friday night and the Restoration Festival on July 27th. The 6-mile, round-trip, self-paced hike follows the northern rim of Hetch Hetchy Valley and shows first-hand the impact of the reservoir.
Muir’s March is part of non-profit group Restore Hetch Hetchy’s ongoing mission to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley to its natural splendor, while continuing to meet the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River. In 1913, the federal government approved San Francisco's request to clear-cut and flood the valley for use as a reservoir, despite the urgent pleas of Muir and other wilderness-lovers. The decision prompted the creation of the National Park Service and the international environmental conservation movement.
Prospective participants can register or get more information by visiting http://www.muirsmarch.org or by calling 415-956-0401.
*Fundraising requirements vary according to 5 hike lengths, from $100 to $1900. Hikes are 1, 4, 5 and 7 days in length.
ABOUT RESTORE HETCH HETCHY: The mission of Restore Hetch Hetchy is to return the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park to its natural splendor while continuing to meet the water and power needs of all communities that depend on the Tuolumne River.
IMAGES: High-resolution digital photographs of the Hetch Hetchy Valley, both before and after its flooding, and broadcast-quality video footage of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir are available upon request.
INTERVIEWS: We will gladly arrange interviews with Restore Hetch Hetchy Executive Director Mike Marshall and others who have participated in Muir's March.
Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, (424) 603-4340, melanie(at)mwebbcom(dot)com
Angela Jacobson, mWEBB Communications, (714) 454-8776, angela(at)mwebbcom(dot)com