Weekly newspaper of Three Rivers, California, and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

Muir Hut on Muir Pass (elevation 11,975 feet), Kings Canyon National Park. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail (north to south) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015.  Previous installments and...
  It is problematic crossing any creek in the High Sierra this season. Snowmelt, especially as temperatures warm in the afternoon, has waterways so swift and cold that it is difficult to locate a...
RUSH HOUR: Rafters stack up on the Kaweah River’s Middle Fork above the North Fork Bridge as local commercial outfitters are filled to capacity for their daily trips.
  WEATHER WATCH: Summer blasted its way into the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday, June 20, at 9:24 p.m. (PDT). As of Sunday, this heatwave will break a record because it will be the longest stretch of...
East Fork of the Kaweah River at Cold Springs Campground 
in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, June 2016. Click the right arrow to see a recent shot of Kaweah River for comparison...
  Currently in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the most problematic hazard for visitors is crossing a waterway where there is no bridge. Early-season hikers are running into difficulties and, last...
Cal Fire on scene at a vehicle fire along Sierra Drive in Three Rivers. (Clcik arrows for additional photos.)
  The vehicle fires that occurred Thursday evening, June 15, in Three Rivers and Friday afternoon in Sequoia National Park are prime examples just how extreme the fire danger is this season.    An...
MOUNTAIN MUSIC: Jason Rigenberg (left) performed at the Saturday, June 17, campfire program in Mineral King.  (Click arrows for additional photo.)
  Millions from all walks of life visit the national parks annually. Thousands are so inspired by their visit that they return and give back by volunteering and become a VIP – Volunteer in Park.   ...
Muir Hut on Muir Pass (elevation 11,975 feet), Kings Canyon National Park. (Click arrows for additional photos.)
RUSH HOUR: Rafters stack up on the Kaweah River’s Middle Fork above the North Fork Bridge as local commercial outfitters are filled to capacity for their daily trips.
East Fork of the Kaweah River at Cold Springs Campground 
in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, June 2016. Click the right arrow to see a recent shot of Kaweah River for comparison...
Cal Fire on scene at a vehicle fire along Sierra Drive in Three Rivers. (Clcik arrows for additional photos.)
MOUNTAIN MUSIC: Jason Rigenberg (left) performed at the Saturday, June 17, campfire program in Mineral King.  (Click arrows for additional photo.)
Muir Hut on Muir Pass (elevation 11,975 feet), Kings Canyon National Park. (Click arrows for additional photos.)

Hiking the John Muir Trail: Day 16

June 26, 2017 - 15:09
  This is a continuing series about a mother-and-daughter thru-hike on the John Muir Trail (north to south) in the Sierra Nevada Mountains from July 19 to August 13, 2015.  Previous installments and more photos are here.   Here is the cliffhanger from the previous installment in this series:   “Why are those frogs...

Backpacker dies crossing Silliman Creek

June 26, 2017 - 14:46
  It is problematic crossing any creek in the High Sierra this season. Snowmelt, especially as temperatures warm in the afternoon, has waterways so swift and cold that it is difficult to locate a safe place to cross or know what method will be best.    On Saturday afternoon, June 17, a 26-year-old female hiker slipped...
RUSH HOUR: Rafters stack up on the Kaweah River’s Middle Fork above the North Fork Bridge as local commercial outfitters are filled to capacity for their daily trips.

Heatwave ushers in summer

June 26, 2017 - 14:38
  WEATHER WATCH: Summer blasted its way into the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday, June 20, at 9:24 p.m. (PDT). As of Sunday, this heatwave will break a record because it will be the longest stretch of 100-degree days ever in June. Last Sunday’s thunderstorms wreaked some havoc, and there is a possibility of more of the...
East Fork of the Kaweah River at Cold Springs Campground 
in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park, June 2016. Click the right arrow to see a recent shot of Kaweah River for comparison...

After a record snow year, water is the challenge

June 26, 2017 - 14:34
  Currently in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the most problematic hazard for visitors is crossing a waterway where there is no bridge. Early-season hikers are running into difficulties and, last weekend, a woman lost her life less than two miles from the trailhead.   Hiker tales— Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir...
Cal Fire on scene at a vehicle fire along Sierra Drive in Three Rivers. (Clcik arrows for additional photos.)

Firefighters busy with vehicle, lightning fires

June 26, 2017 - 14:06
  The vehicle fires that occurred Thursday evening, June 15, in Three Rivers and Friday afternoon in Sequoia National Park are prime examples just how extreme the fire danger is this season.    An emergency 911 call for the Three Rivers car fire came into the county dispatcher shortly after 6 p.m. Dennis Villavicencio...

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