Second Alpine Aspen Festival is Oct. 10-11 |

Second Alpine Aspen Festival is Oct. 10-11

by Barbara Barton
Special to The R-C

The Alpine Watershed Group and Friends of Hope Valley are hosting the second annual Alpine Aspen Festival Oct. 10-11 on Blue Lakes Road in Hope Valley.

Here are a few of the many activities:

• Free, musical entertainment by local bands including In Stride, Sierra Sisters and Pech Ann Crow

• Explore environmental displays and hear expert speakers at the free, all-day expo in Hope Valley – speakers will include American Rivers, Ace Hereford Ranch and Al Graf (a former NASA Apollo geophysicist)

• Learn to cook a four-course dutch oven feast with camp cook Erick Johnson.

• Hone photography skills on a bus tour through beautiful Alpine County with Hal Starratt, Professor of Anthropology and Photography at Western Nevada College

• Saddle up for a two-hour guided horseback tour of a historic summer ranch in Charity Valley with Kirkwood Sierra Outfitters

• Practice fly fishing techniques in a semi-private class with Judy Wickwire

• Gather knowledge about medicinal and native plants on a hike with Dr. Kim Chatfield, author of “Medicine From the Mountain Medicinal Plants of the Sierra Nevada”

• Learn about Alpine County’s low-impact ranching practices and land conservation ethics on the Rivers and Ranches bus tour

• Discover history on every turn of the guided Emigrant Trail Hike

• Enjoy an easy nature hike with knowledgeable volunteers

• Capture the light and shadows of a quaking aspen leaf in a half-day watercolor workshop with Janice Powell Shedd

The sponsors who make this event possible are Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, Carson Water Subconservancy District, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, River Wranglers, Sierra Business Council and the U.S. Forest Service.

Visit for more information, schedules and to sign-up.