Mariposa County, California: John Muir Route Celebration in June

Published Date Author: , April 29th, 2011
by Margi Tanner, Penon Blanco Lookout, Coulterville, CA
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John Muir Highway

John MuirSaturday, June 4th is the anniversary of the dedication of the John Muir Historic Route, the 14-mile stretch of highway extending from Coulterville, up J132 to its terminus at Hwy. 120.

Events will take place in Lake Don Pedro, Coulterville, Greeley Hill and Groveland that day, many of which are free, an all of which will allow participants to experience Muir’s love of nature and his appreciation of the unique beauty of the surrounding foothills… the gateway to the High Sierras. Remarkably, the pristine beauty he discovered in his journey in 1869 remains mostly untouched 142 years later.

Lake Don Pedro

The LDP Trailblazers will be holding a Spring Hike & Ride, open to everyone. Ample parking for horse trailers is available at the El Prado Horse Camp on El Prado Rd from which the ride departs at 10 am sharp! Hikers can depart at their leisure. Trail system maps will be available. There will be a “You and Your Horse photo op” at the Horse Camp from 9 am – 2 pm; cost is 10 for an email copy of $15 for a hard copy. Call 209-852-9459 for more information and directions to the Camp.

Coulterville Features Events Sponsored By History Center, Chamber, Master Gardeners and Fire Brigade

Bower CaveThe Northern Mariposa County History Center has organized two free 4-hour guided tours to Bower Cave, each of which can accommodate just 15 individuals. Frank Oyung tour guide, is sponsored by the Tuolumne Group of the Sierra Club. The tours will depart from the History Center at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm. Yosemite Bank is sponsoring the transportation for both tours. The reservation deadline is May 20th, but call 209-878-3750 right away as these tours are likely to fill quickly!

Muir Display

The museum will also be hosting a John Muir Student Art Show. Invitations have already been sent to all schools along the John Muir Corridor. Museum visitors will also be able to meet renowned photographer Scott Miller and get him to sign a copy of his new pictorial edition of Muir’s My First Summer in the Sierra. This book depicts Muir’s 1869 amble, herding a flock of sheep up to the high country along the Merced River, through the rolling hills of what is now Lake Don Pedro, over Penon Blanco, with a vividly described stop in Coulterville for supplies and then up to Greeley Hill, past Bower Cave and Alter Rock and beyond. Both the Art show and the Book Signing are scheduled from 10 am to 4 pm. Call 209-878-3015 for additional information.

The Coulterville Park will feature works by local artists, demonstrations and other nature and historically oriented activities sponsored by the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce. Representatives of the Muir Homestead will be on hand with additional information about him. The park will be open from 9 am ’till 4 pm. No admission fee. Call 209-878-3074 or email coultervilleevents@gmail.com for information.

CoultervilleThe members of the Coulterville Fire Brigade, Mariposa County Fire Fighters Stations 26 and 31 and the Mariposa County Master Gardeners will conduct tours of the newly landscaped demonstration garden near the Coulterville Fire Station and explain plans for future development. The three groups are combining to offer a variety of children’s games, demonstrations, art activities and information related to the theme of the day, the John Muir Legacy. Contact 209-878-3483 for additional information.

Bean Creek Preserve/Greely Hill

The Sierra Foothill Conservancy will be hosting a dedication of the new Bean Creek Preserve, donated by Ken and Teri Pulvino, on Fiske Road in Greeley Hill, starting off with a John Muir reading at 10 a.m., with naturalist and biology instructor Rodney Olsen leading a walk “in the Footsteps of John Muir” through the beautiful and panoramic acreage. Lunch will follow that will be free for Conservancy members and $10 for other participants. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. The Preserve will close its gates at 2 pm. Call Gretchen Coll at 209 742- 5556 or register online at www.sierrafoothill.org (select Hikes & Classes; Event Calendar; June 4).

John Muir Play, “Hand-On” History, Earthfest, Bicycle Tour All Happening in Groveland

Big Creek Meadow Ranch, located at the terminus of the Historic John Muir Route at 10551 Smith Station Road, will have activities all day long on June 4th as well as be the location for the “Wild Adventures of John Muir” play on three consecutive evenings, June 3, 4th and 5th. Admission is free to all daytime activities, open 10 am to 5 pm. “Hands on” History booths and experiential “Nature Stations” will be intermingled with eco-friendly arts, crafts and book sale areas.

The Yosemite Playhouse players will perform an historical rendition of John Muir’s exciting Yosemite adventures. Bring your own picnic by 5 pm or buy a Tri-tip dinner. The play is from 6- 7:30 pm. Advance tickets are $12 adults, $3 children., all tickets are $15 at the door. Tri-tip is $15 in advance, $18 at the door; kids can have a free corn dog and chip dinner. Beverages will be available for purchase. Call 209-962-1942 or check out www.bigcreekmeadowranch.com for more information.

The Sierra Earth Fest at the Mountain Sage Nursery begins at 9:30 with the last act, a funky Bay Area blues band, Tracorum, starting off at 5:30 pm. There will be ongoing kid’s activities, educational booths, a local artisan market, and speakers and entertainment all day long.

Those athletic enough to enjoy off-road bicycling will be able to sign up for a Saturday tour along the John Muir Route and over to Bower Cave as well as a weekend package beginning with a dinner on Friday at 5 pm and lasting through Sunday lunch. This trip is being organized by Grimes Getaways Bicycle Tours who have recently moved their headquarters to Groveland. The fee for the Saturday ride is $45 and included SAG support, route sheet, lunch and snacks; the weekend package is $250 and includes meals and snacks from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Call Nikki Grimes at 510-545-7969 for more information.

The John Muir Route Steering Committee (JMRSC), is helping to promote cooperation between the various events in both Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties. They organizing a VIP Pass to encourage visitors to stop in at the various commercial establishments throughout the region. Participants will get free drawing tickets and special discounts at each participating vendor. In addition to the various event organizers, the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau, The Tuolumne County Tourism Bureau, the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce and the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce are all involved. We invite you to assist the committee in this exciting endeavor. For additional information, please call Joy Kitchel at the Coulterville Visitors Center, 209-878-3074 Friday or Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm or Ann Schafer at 209-962-1942 in Groveland.

Penon Blanco LookoutPENON BLANCO LOOKOUT, a unique bed and breakfast is located on 200 sprawling acres, overlooking Lakes McClure and Don Pedro, directly on the John Muir Trail. A short picturesque drive away along the John Muir Highway is beautiful Yosemite National Park.

Penon Blanco Lookout, a unique bed and breakfast, offers travelers romantic casual luxury. Guests can gather on the lake view patio in summer or before the cozy fire in winter and delight themselves with a bottle of wine from our fine extensive selection. At days end guests relax in the spa beneath the sparkling crystal clear stars above. Many shooting stars can be seen and the Milky Way is directly overhead.

PENON BLANCO LOOKOUT, a unique bed and breakfast is located on 200 sprawling acres, overlooking Lakes McClure and Don Pedro, directly on the John Muir Trail. A short picturesque drive away along the John Muir Highway is beautiful Yosemite National Park.
Penon Blanco Lookout, a unique bed and breakfast, offers travelers romantic casual luxury. Guests can gather on the lake view patio in summer or before the cozy fire in winter and delight themselves with a bottle of wine from our fine extensive selection. At days end guests relax in the spa beneath the sparkling crystal clear stars above. Many shooting stars can be seen and the Milky Way is directly overhead.

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