Construction Begins on the Mount Shasta Gateway Trail

We’re finally making it happen with the Mount Shasta Gateway Trail folks!

Map of the project: click here.

And here’s our press release…

Mount Shasta, October 9, 2011. The Mt. Shasta Trail Association (MSTA) is pleased to announce that work has begun on the Gateway Trail project.  MSTA President Joe Wirth stated, “The Gateway Trail is an important piece of our overall vision for trails serving the community and its visitors.”

This project will result in the development of approximately 7 miles of shared-use non-motorized trails on National Forest System lands immediately east of the City of Mt. Shasta.  The trail network will be open to hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians.  It is primarily being funded by a Federal Highway Administration Recreation Trails Program grant administered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  Additional efforts – in the form of labor, funding or materials – are being provided by the MSTA and the Shasta-McCloud Management Unit of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.  The Forest Service conducted an environmental analysis of the project earlier this year, giving the project the “green light.”

The ongoing work involves the clearing of vegetation and roughing in of a 36” to 48” trail tread by Trailscape, Inc., a contractor hired by the MSTA, plus additional labor is being provided by a Deadwood California Department of Corrections crew.  Specific segments of the existing “Tunnel Trails” will be incorporated into the overall trail network after reconstruction work remedies problems with drainage, alignment, and grade.

” I know that everyone will be excited about the new trail”, said Kai Allen, Recreation Manager for the Forest Service, ” but for safety and resource protection, the trail is closed, and we are asking that everyone be patient until it is completed. If construction goes as scheduled, the trails should be open for use as soon as next summer.  Prior to opening of the trails, a parking area with an information kiosk will be developed just off the Everett Memorial Highway.”

Besides MSTA and the Forest Service, conceptual planning for the trail included Mountain Runners and the City of Mt. Shasta.  The City has also recognized the importance of the Tunnel Trails in its City of Mount Shasta Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Master Plan in 2009.  Many volunteer hours have already been contributed and there will be more opportunities for volunteers in the future.

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