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HIKES

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Monday on the Mount: Drive to Mount Charleston for a moderate four-mile hike through Fletcher Canyon (515-5367).

Red Rock Canyon, Junior Hikers Club: An easy hike for ages 7-12, Tuesday, to learn "Leave No Trace" ethics. Limited space (515-5367).

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Full Moon: Meet at the tour gate Monday at 7:45 p.m. for a two-hour hike with some bouldering at Sandstone Canyon. Arrive 15 minutes early, as the park gates close when the hike starts. No dogs or children under 12 years old allowed. For details call 875-4141.

Red Rock Canyon, South Sister: A very strenuous five-mile round-trip hike, with a 2,000-foot gain, Friday to the peak using the alternate route from the Old Mill picnic in Lee Canyon (515-5367).

The Las Vegas High Rollers and Strollers: Members of the American Volkssport Association will have an easy to moderate group walk at Peccole Ranch on Saturday at 7 a.m. The walk is suitable for baby strollers and wheelchairs. Meet at the Outside Inn, 9941 W. Charleston Blvd. E-mail lvrs1985@yahoo.com or call 933-1100.

Around the Bend Friends: This group of people, 50 years and over, interested in hiking and related social activities will meet at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe Casino, South Parking Garage, 4949 N. Rancho Drive, on the left of Level 3, for a moderate three-hour hike at Mount Charleston (642-2285).

Red Rock Canyon, White Rock: A moderate to strenuous six-mile hike Saturday (515-5367)

Sierra Club: The Southern Nevada Group offers a "Beginner Backpack" event. Start Saturday with a one-mile hike up Bristlecone Loop, pitch your tent at a primitive campsite and learn a lesson in "Leave No Trace." On Sept. 2, hike up to the ridge, then backpack the one-mile to the cars. Must carry water, tents, stove, food, etc. (open campfires not permitted). Contact: Brad "Gus" Gustafson at 278-1435.

Red Rock Canyon, Kyle Canyon Loop: A moderate two and one-half-mile hike starting from the Mary Jane Falls trail Sept. 2 (515-5367).

Cathedral Gorge State Park: Sept. 2, enjoy a morning walk at Beaver Dam from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit cathedralgorge_vc@lcturbonet.com or call (775) 728-4460.

Sierra Club: The Southern Nevada Group offer two easy to moderate two-hour hikes Sept. 2 on the "Glacial Geology of Spring Mountains. First, is a hike up Kyle Canyon to the glacial till exposure, the second is to the top of Cathedral Rock. Contact Nick Saines at 896-4049.

Las Vegas Highlanders: A Christian hiking club open to all denominations plan a back-country hiking trip Sept. 1-5 at Yellowstone National Park. To register for this and a possible whitewater rafting option, contact: onecoolhike@yahoo.com or LasVegasHighlanders@yahoo.com.

BIKES

Bagel Ride: Leave from Aspen Creek Cycling, 1550 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Wednesday at 7 a.m., for a 22-mile ride. For more information, visit www.greenvalleycyclists.org or e-mail: topgolf@aol.com

Las Vegas Valley Bicycle Club: Tuesday at 6 a.m. meet at Einstein’s Bagels, 9031 W. Sahara Ave., for an easy-paced ride to Red Rock (E-mail: davesellsvegas@netzero.com or call 379-3737). A 6:15 a.m. moderate to fast 15-20 mile road ride is scheduled for 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 long grade ride on Saturday at 7 a.m. Meet behind Starbucks on West Charleston Boulevard and Town Center Drive. Friday, at 6 a.m. meet at Einstein’s Bagels, 9031 W. Sahara Ave., for an easy paced ride to Red Rock (E-mail: davesellsvegas@netzero.com or call 379-3737). Sept. 2, meet at Einstein Brothers Bagels, 8400 Cheyenne Ave., at 7 a.m. for an easy ride of 25 to 35 miles of flat land (Eric at 873-6256). Be sure to bring plenty of water for all rides.

Green Valley Cyclists: Meet at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sept. 2 in the Brooklyn Bagel parking lot, near the corner of Green Valley Parkway and Pebble Road in Henderson. For more information, visit www.greenvalleycyclists.org or call 501-9771.

Red Rock Canyon, Mountain Bike Madness: No experience necessary for this six-mile beginner/intermediate ride Sept. 2. Mountain bike and helmets are required. Meet at the North Cottonwood parking lot (515-5367).

Nevada Ultramarathon Bicycling Society: Team forming for the Hoodoo 500 in St. George, Utah, on Sept. 15-17. If interested, e-mail: kbcostin2@cox.net, or visit: www.planetultra.com/Hoodoo500/index.htm.

OTHER PROGRAMS

Red Rock Canyon, Up Close: Take a close look at the flora, fauna or geology of Red Rock and the surrounding desert Friday at this ongoing visitor’s center exhibit from 9 – 11:30 a.m. No sign-up required (515-5367).

Cathedral Gorge State Park: A Power Point program titled "Nevada Trivia" will be Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Campground Amphitheater. Visit cathedralgorge_vc@lcturbonet.com or call (775) 728-4460.

Las Vegas Astronomical Society: A Power Point program set for Saturday, followed by night sky viewing, at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center at 7 p.m. No sign-up required. Gates to the visitor center close at 7 p.m. Visit: geary.keilman@lvastronomy.com, e-mail n2422v@aol.com, or call 515-5367.

Hunter Education Class: Nevada Department of Wildlife is accepting applications for Sept. 8 class set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NDOW office, and for the Sept. 10 -11 classes set from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Whitney Ranch Recreation Center. You can sight in your guns on NDOW Range Day, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Desert Sportsman Rifle and Pistol Club. Free targets and range time available (486-5127, Ext. 3501).

Get Outdoors Nevada: Register to volunteer for the following National Public Lands Day. Fifty volunteers are needed for seed collection in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area at Mount Charleston from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 8. Two hundred volunteers (minimum age is 12 years old with parental approval form) for litter/debris cleanup from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Sloan Canyon National Conversation Area. More than 100 volunteers are needed from 8 – 11:30 a.m., Sept. 29, for litter/debris cleanup at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Contact: www,getoutdoorsnevada.org/events.htm or e-mail: desertvolunteer@ fws.gov.

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