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2014 Schedule for Docent-Led Hikes on Mt Konocti

Lake County, CA – Caroline Chavez, Public Services Director, has announced the schedule for the 2014 Docent-led hikes on Mount Konocti.  The dates are:

Saturday, March 29th
Saturday, April 12th
Saturday, April 26th
Saturday, May 10th
Sunday, May 18th
Sunday, June 8th

Tom Nixon, retired State Parks Ranger and member of the Konocti Trails Team (KRTT), leads the docent tour program. Docent guides will lead the hikes which will include visits to the historic Downen Cabin and the top of Wright Peak. The Docent guides are knowledgeable about the mountain and its geology, history, flora, fauna, and even folklore. There will also be an optional climb to the top of the CAL FIRE lookout tower for hikers 18 years or older who sign a Release of Liability form.

This moderately strenuous hike lasts approximately 4 hours and will cover 6 miles. Hikers are encouraged to wear sturdy shoes, bring a lunch, water, daypack, and binoculars/camera. Minors are welcomed when accompanied by a responsible adult.

Hikers will meet at the main parking lot of the Mount Konocti Park at 8 AM, which can be accessed from Konocti Road in Kelseyville. Hikes will be canceled if inclement weather occurs.

Reservations are required due to limited space and must be made by March 14, 2014 for the first scheduled hike.  April 1, 2014 is the reservation deadline for the remaining hikes, which can be made by calling the Public Services Department at (707) 262-1618.

In its monumental 2011 acquisition, The County of Lake purchased 1,520 acres of land on top of Mount Konocti to create the new Mount Konocti Park. This land is now placed in public hands for perpetuity. The County-owned land is contiguous with an additional 821 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). For more information on Mount Konocti Park, or to access a downloadable map, visit www.konoctitrails.com.

Please contact Kati Galvani at (707) 262-1618 or Kati.Galvani@lakecountyca.gov for more information.