Guidebook Author John Soares Presentation in Mount Shasta, Monday, June 25

Hiking guidebook author John Soares will give a presentation on trails in the Mount Shasta area and beyond on Monday, June 25, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Mount Shasta Library, 515 East Alma Street in Mount Shasta.

John is the author of two new books released in the last few weeks. Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps Regions contains 125 hikes from Redding to Yreka and from the Trinity Alps to Lassen Volcanic National Park, with some trails short and easy and others long and challenging. All-color 100 Classic Hikes: Northern California 4th edition, presents the best day hikes and epic backpacking trips from the Bay Area and Lake Tahoe north. Both are published by Mountaineers Books, one of the world’s major publishers of outdoor guidebooks.

A Q&A session and book signing will follow the visual presentation, and the books will be available for purchase.

The event is free, but seating is limited.

Here is the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/231628204094882/

About John Soares

John started hiking as a little kid while growing up near Anderson, California. He backpacked in the Trinity Alps as a teenager and then expanded his range to explore other Northern California trails. His first hiking guidebook came out in 1992. He lived in Mount Shasta and nearby for seven years, and he currently lives in Ashland, Oregon, where he works as a writer for businesses and nonprofits.

Siskiyou Wanderers March 2013 Hiking Schedule

Here’s the March 2013 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission)

Mar 7: French Creek Loop: A rural road hike through some beautiful remote ranch areas. Etna Brewery is near by . . . . shall we go there for lunch again? Or maybe Bob’s Ranch House. Bring a snack & your wallet.
AD: 8 miles THE: 2850′ AEG: 550′ PMP: Callahan T: 9:00 am.

Mar 14: Snow Day: As long as there is snow – we should enjoy it!
AD: 3-5 miles THE: 5000-6000′ AEG: 500-1000′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am.

Mar 21: Dave’s Mountain: Dave Harris has invited us to his ranch to hike to the peak at the back of his property that sits below Paradise Craggy. Expect breathtaking views and possibility of early wildflowers. Afterward will have a pizza & beer potluck to celebrate the Spring Equinox.
AD: 4 +/- miles THE: 3500′ AEG: 1200-1500′ PMP: Montague Statue T: 9:00 am.

Mar 28: Klamath River/East Side: We’ll walk along the Klamath River from the I-5 exit toward Hornbrook. There may be blooming penstemons nestled in the rocky banks.
AD: 6-8 miles THE: 2100′ AEG: 200 PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00am

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead

For More Details…

Visit the Siskiyou Wanderers website here.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Siskiyou Wanderers February 2013 Hiking Schedule

Here’s the February 2013 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission)

Feb 7: West Scar Face Rd: Just outside of Fort Jones, this hike goes from the Scott Valley floor, in an area called Hungry Hollow, up the hill to a pass overlooking the valley.
AD: 7 miles THE: 2850′ AEG: 1000′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Feb 14: Snow Day: Celebrate your love of the outdoors and your love of food! We’ll ski/shoe long enough to work up an appetite for a potluck at Sam Baxter’s house.
AD: 3-5 miles THE: 5000-6000′ AEG: 500-1000′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am.

Feb 21: Shasta Valley Wildlife Refuge: A winter snow storm prevented us from doing this hike last quarter. The almanac predicts ‘misty AM/ sunny PM’ so let’s try again. Sandhill cranes are common visitors to the refuge this time of year – bring your binoculars & bird books. (Shasta Valley residents can meet at the refuge parking lot at 9:30am)
AD: 6-7 miles THE: 21700′ AEG: 1000′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00am

Feb 28: Hoy Rd: Stunning views of Mt Shasta from this paved road hike through rolling farm lands near Weed. After the hike let’s stop in at the Weed Brewery to sip a cool Lemurian Lager or Golden Ale.
AD: 5-6 miles THE: 3020′ AEG: 370′ PMP: Edgewood I-5 exit T: 9:00 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead

For More Details…

Visit the Siskiyou Wanderers website here.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Siskiyou Wanderers January 2013 Hiking Schedule

Here’s the January 2013 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission)

Jan 10: McConaughey Gulch: We’ll start at the end of the pavement, beyond most of the houses, on this county road that goes up through a lovely little drainage dotted with rustic ranches. Pack a snack, but save your appetite for lunch at the Etna Brewery.
AD: 6-8 miles THE: 2900′ AEG: 500-800′ PMP: Callahan T: 9:00 am.

Jan 17: Snow Day: Another chance to play in the snow. Maybe trek up to Horse Camp or take it easy on the Gateway Trail. We’ll decide based on conditions and mood of the group.
AD: 3-5 miles THE: 5000-6000′ AEG: 500-1000” PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am

Jan 24: Hovey Gulch Rd: A road hike from Little Shasta Cemetery past the infamous ‘coyote-tail tree’ north toward the summit where the road descends into Willow Creek drainage. Great views on a clear day.
(Shasta Valley residence can meet at the Cemetery at 9:30am)
AD: 8-9 miles. THE: 2800′ AEG: 800′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am

Jan 31: Sheep Rock: Linda & JT Martin will lead us to this prominent rock formation via the historic cattle trail the Martin family has used for generations to move their cattle to summer grazing land. Afterward we’ll gather at Greg & Leslie’s for a chili potluck.
AD: 6 miles THE: 4000′ AEG: 1300′ PMP: Mayten Store T: 9:00 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead

For More Details…

Visit the Siskiyou Wanderers website here.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Siskiyou Wanderers December 2012 Hiking Schedule

Here’s the December 2012 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission)

Dec 6: Beswick Road: We start just above CopCo Lake; where the rafters take out. A low traffic road along the Klamath River.

AD: 8-10 miles THE: 2640′ AEG: 200′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Dec 13: Castle Lake: An early winter hike to this most beautiful little lake. Who knows – maybe there be snow and we’ll shoe & ski in!!

AD: 6 miles THE: 5900′ AEG: 1500′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am.

Dec 20: Shasta Wildlife Refuge: Always a favorite hike of the Wanderers. Let’s see which feathered friends are spending the winter at the refuge – bring you binoculars. It might be muddy. Dogs should be leashed. (Montague/Shasta Valley residence meet at the refuge parking lot at 9:15)

AD: 8 miles THE: 2500′ AEG: 00′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Dec 27: Klamath River/Ash Creek: A road hike along the Klamath river heading west from Ash Creek Bridge. We’ll be able to check out the progress on removal of the old bridge.

AD: 8-9 miles THE: 2800′ AEG: 780 PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00am

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead

For More Details…

Visit the Siskiyou Wanderers website here.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Siskiyou Wanderers November 2012 Hiking Schedule

Here’s the November 2012 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission)

Nov 1: Deer Mountain: We can hike to the top of Deer Mountain from the Sno-park parking area or we can just trek around in the forest before winter storms turn this area into a snowmobile playground.

AD: 9 miles THE: 5700′ AEG: 1300′ PMP: Hwy97/A-12 T: 9:00 am.

Nov 8: Colestin Valley: We’ll hike Colestin Rd north-west of Hilt in the beautiful Cottonwood Creek drainage crossing over into Oregon. Lovely rolling pastures. A very pleasant area.

AD: 5-10 miles THE: 2500′ AEG: 400′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Nov 15: Girard Ridge: Last year we enjoyed a snowy hike up to the lookout. This year we’ll go a little earlier and look for fungi along the way. Maybe we can stop off at the Goat for a cold brew to toast the up-coming holidays after the hike.

AD: 8+ miles THE: 2100′ AEG: 2000′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am.

Nov 22: Happy Thanksgiving!!

Nov 29: Mc Cloud River: Come walk off your Thanksgiving gobble-gobble with your fellow Wanderers.

AD: 6-7 miles THE: 5080′ AEG: 350′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead

For More Details…

Visit the Siskiyou Wanderers website here.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Water Talks: Shasta River Salmon on October 17th 2012

Located in the shadow of Mt. Shasta, the Shasta River is a key salmon-producing watershed. Come learn from local experts who are working together to make the river be all it can be for these fish.

The public is invited to an educational presentation, “Water Talks: Shasta River Salmon” on Wednesday October 17th 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the College of the Siskiyous Weed Campus located at 800 College Avenue in Life Science 3. The informational Water Talks are free and open to the public.

“Water Talks: Shasta River Salmon” will feature presentations from:

  • Curtis Knight Conservation Director, California Trout on “Salmon Life Cycle 101”,
  • Morgan Knechtle, Fisheries Biologist, Department of Fish and Game on “Status of Adult Salmonids in the Shasta River”,
  • Amy Campbell, Project Associate, The Nature Conservancy on “Restoration at Shasta Big Springs Ranch,” and
  • Ric Costales, Natural Resource Policy Specialist, Siskiyou County on “Supplementation Efforts in the Shasta River.”

“The Shasta River salmon demonstrate unique life history strategies in great part because of the habitat provided by the nutrient rich spring waters coming from Mt. Shasta,” said Curtis Knight, California Trout’s Conservation Director. “In my presentation I’ll provide an overall picture of the life cycle of the salmonids in the Shasta River” Knight said.

“This year we are expecting a very large return of Chinook Salmon to the Klamath River system,” said Morgan Knechtle, a Fisheries Biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game. “My presentation will focus on the status of adult salmonids in the Shasta River including the timing, abundance, trends and hatchery composition of returning adults,” he explained.

Amy Campbell, a project associate with the Nature Conservancy who manages the NOAA restoration grant on the Shasta Big Springs Ranch will present on The Nature Conservancy’s restoration efforts including fencing, riparian planting and irrigation infrastructure improvements. “We’ve seen really great results in just 2 years of restoration that is improving water quality and habitat for salmon in the Shasta River and Big Springs Creek,” Campbell said.

“It is time to take advantage of the good habitat work of the agricultural community,” said Ric Costales, Siskiyou County’s Natural Resource Policy Specialist. “Supplementation efforts on the Shasta River will speed recovery of the coho and demonstrate the effectiveness of everyone’s work over the years,” he said.

Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of the unique Shasta River salmon, their status, and how people are working together for the fish.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational presentations with local and regional experts sharing their knowledge with the public on a range of water related topics. The purpose of Water Talks is to provide a place to learn about water related topics. Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to seeking workable solutions for fisheries restoration throughout California.” For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Consultant at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.

Siskiyou Wanderers October 2012 Hiking Schedule

Here’s the October 2012 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission)

Oct 4: Kidder Lake: An early fall hike to a beautiful lake. Maybe the start of fall colors???

AD: 8+ miles THE: 3900′ AEG: 1110′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Oct 11: Deadfall Lakes/Mt Eddy: A wonderful hike that didn’t make the summer schedule. The cooler fall air should make the switchbacks up to Mt Eddy more enjoyable and the views crispy clear. The sedums might be in their fall colors.

AD: 9.5 miles THE: 6200′ AEG: 2800′ PMP: Edgewood T: 9:00 am.

Oct 18: Great Shasta Rail Trail: This will be an exploratory hike of the proposed mountain bike/hiking trail being built by Rails-to-Trails that will link McCloud to Burney via an abandon rail line. We’ll just hike as far as we like.

AD: 8+/- miles THE: 5100′ AEG: 200’+/- PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am

Oct 25: Kelsey Creek/Maple Falls: This hike is becoming a fall favorite. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the golden hues of the big leaf maples along the trail, hiking sticks are helpful too – in case some of those leaves have already obscured the trail.

AD: 8 miles. THE: 2500′ AEG: 1900′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead

For More Details…

Visit the Siskiyou Wanderers website here.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.