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HIKES

Red Rock Canyon: A moderate four-mile hike at Mustang Loop along a mountain bike and horse trail will take place Monday. On Tuesday is a strenuous five-mile hike at Turtlehead on the traditional route to the top of the peak overshadowing the Calico Hills and Red Rock. The trail to the saddle is steep and loose with a 1,900-foot gain. Friday’s events will include a guided tour of Red Rock’s past. This easy two- to three-mile drive and walk field trip will encompass the core area of Red Rock. On Saturday there is a six-mile moderate hike featuring a climb through different life zones, a major spring, and great scenery. A moderate five-mile hike to Muddy Mountain Wilderness-Hiden Valley will take place Jan. 25. Also on Jan. 25 is a strenuous six-mile hike to the top of Black Mountain with views of Lake Mead, the Las Vegas Valley and the Spring Mountains (515-5367).

Around the Bend Friends: This group of people over 50, interested in hiking and related social activities, plans a three- to four-hour moderate hike each Saturday starting at 8:30 a.m. To learn more about the group and the meeting place for the hike, contact 228-0773, or the club’s Web site: www.aroundthebendfriends.com

BIKES

Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club: Tuesday at 6:15 a.m. Meet at Einstein’s Bagels, 9031 W. Sahara Ave., for an easy-paced ride to Red Rock (e-mail dgcasey@cox.net or call 379-3737). A 6:15 a.m. moderate to fast 15- to 20-mile road ride on Wednesday. Meet at the NuVision Cyclery on West Lake Mead Blvd., between Rampart Boulevard and Scholar Lane (228-1333). There will be a 30-plus-mile, moderate and hilly ride Wednesday and Thursday at 7 a.m., and a 30- to 50-plus -mile grade ride on Saturday at 7 a.m. Meet behind Starbucks on West Charleston Boulevard and Town Center Drive. Friday at 6:15 a.m., meet at Einstein’s Bagels, 9031 W. Sahara Ave., for an easy-paced ride to Red Rock (e-mail dgcasey@cox.net or call 379-3737). Bring plenty of water for all rides.

The Desert Riders Club of Nevada: The Las Vegas Desert Riders Club of Nevada, a local chapter of the Honda Rider’s Club of America, meets at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at Carter Power Sports, 6725 S. Decatur Blvd. All motorcycles are welcome (795-2000).

OTHER PROGRAMS

Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center: Tuesday’s events will include a 30-minute discussion on the geology of Red Rock Canyon, ongoing from 1 to 4 p.m. (515-5367). On Friday, take a close look at the flora, fauna or geology of Red Rock and the surrounding Mojave Desert, ongoing from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday is "Tort for Tots," an interactive program for children 2-6 years old about Nevada’s state reptile, the desert tortoise (515-5367).

Archaeo-Nevada Society along with the Bureau of Land Management invites volunteers to help with Red Rock Conservation projects. Visit www.archaeonevada.org.

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