The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau in Oakhurst and Yosemite Southgate Hotel will host the third in the Discover Yosemite's Forgotten Trails series of six slide-show presentations by Sierra Star columnist-adventurer Tony Krizan 7 :30 - 8:30 p.m., Saturday, at the Southgate Hotel on Highway 41 (behind Denny's).
Saturday Krizan will reveal in photos the forgotten history associated with "The Old Wawona Stagecoach Road" completed in 1876. In 1933 when the Wawona Tunnel was completed, this historic road was abandoned.
In conjunction Krizan's presentation, REI of Fresno will display various kinds of extreme hiking equipment in the hotel lobby. The same type of equipment Krizan uses on his many hiking adventures.
Krizan's presentation is one of the many area events scheduled to honor President Abraham Lincoln's signing of the Yosemite Grant Act on June 30, 1864, which protected Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Big Trees for all time.
Krizan's series will feature wilderness hiking trails within the mountains surrounding Yosemite. The slide show presentation will allow people to experience the trails and endless views from various mountain locations and learn about area history.
The presentation is open to the public and is free of charge. Guests can enjoy complimentary gourmet cookies and finger pastries by Crab Cakes Restaurant in Oakhurst. In the series, Krizan will share his 30 plus years of hiking the mountains surrounding Yosemite National Park. His two recent books on hiking will be available.
Other presentations include:
Saturday, June 21 - Wawona Old Stagecoach Road
Saturday, July 19 - Lost in Kings Canyon, Curtis Wright P40 Aircraft
Saturday, Aug. 16 - Minaret Mountain Adventure
Saturday, Sept. 13 - Wawona Old Stagecoach Road
After the presentation, autographed copies of Krizan's two books on hiking those historic Yosemite Trails will be available.
For more event information you can go to the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau website at yosemitethisyear.com.
For more information on the Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary, go to nps.gov/yose/anniversary.
Details: (559) 683-4636.