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"Muir's Ride" Intended To Boost Support For Draining, Restoring Yosemite National Park's Hetch Hetchy Valley


A two-wheeled initiative is being added to the annual "Muir's March" that aims to generate support for draining and restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park.

"Muir's Ride," a three-day fund-raising bike ride, comes on the 100th anniversary of the federal government’s decision to clear-cut and flood the Hetch Hetchy Valley. Covering more than 200 miles, Muir’s Ride starts at Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland and ends at O’Shaughnessy Dam in Yosemite National Park. Upon arrival at Hetch Hetchy, riders will meet up with Muir’s Marchers returning from five separate backpacking trips in the backcountry of Yosemite. Muir’s Ride is professionally guided and supported by a team from the highly regarded CCSD Sport Event.

Muir’s Ride, which begins on Wednesday, July 31, follows a challenging but beautiful route from Oakland over the coast range, across the San Joaquin Valley, through the Sierra Foothills where it will end on Saturday August 3rd at the grand entrance to Yosemite Valley’s twin: the Hetch Hetchy Valley.

The ride is designed to cover between 60 and 90 miles each of the first three days, with the last day covering 18 miles. Riders have the opportunity to enjoy a cross-section of California, navigate some stunning and remote back roads on the final approach to Yosemite, and cruise a spectacular downhill run to Hetch Hetchy. The ride is limited to 30 riders. All experienced riders are invited to participate and a training regimen for the ride will be provided by CCSD.

Muir’s Ride includes all meals, morning and afternoon SAG stops, SAG ride and tech support, hotel accommodations, camping at Yosemite National Park and transport back to San Francisco, as well as fundraising support.

To participate, each rider must reach out to family and friends to raise awareness and funds for Restore Hetch Hetchy. The minimum fundraising goal is $1,400 and the $100 registration fee will be applied to that goal.


I'm just remembering that climb up the canyon to get to the Oak Flat Entrance, and how it can overheat your car. I cannot imagine climbing that on a bicycle.

But more power to them!

I'll contribute to support this. I remember when I was a seasonal naturalist in Yosemite Valley in the 1960s, visitors were moved to hear the story of Hetch Hetchy Valley, lost to a dam and reservoir. By now, the expertise exists to restore landscapes like this.

Now, if they organized a mountain bike ride on Yosemite's trails, I'd sign up for it. :)

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