Sierra treks start Saturday |

Sierra treks start Saturday

Numerous organizations are offering hikes this month ranging from the Sutter Buttes to the peaks around Lake Tahoe.

Here are two:

• Snowshoe treks: On Saturday, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association starts a series of free, guided snowshoe treks every week through March. Snowshoeing is an easy-to-learn sport, not very costly, and can be done by people with a range of abilities and by children 10 and older.

The Feb. 6 hike is an easy trek along 4 miles at Tahoe Meadows, expected to take three to four hours. Coming hikes include Page Meadows, Kingsbury North Trail and Martis Peak Road.

Advance registration is required. Contact the association at or (775) 298-0012. For details, visit

• Sutter Buttes: The Yuba Historical Society is hosting a hike around Cat Rock, a split, dacite dome rising 500 feet above Peace Valley on the Sutter Buttes’ northern flank.

The 6-hour hike includes a visit to an ancient Indian encampment and a prominent rock outcrop overlooking Peace Valley.

Participants will learn about the area’s unique geology and biology plus stories from the Maidu and Wintun Indians. Spring’s first wildflowers are expected to make a showing.

It starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21. Cost is $15 for society members and $25 for nonmembers, discounts for children 12 and younger.

Registration, details and meeting site information is at or or, or call (530) 846-3024.

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