Today, about 20 volunteers gathered off Hwy 89 to clean up some illegal dump sites. This energetic group, aided by three dump trailers (thanks to Sean Doyle, Buzz Knight, and Ruth Altes) removed tons of garbage in 40 minutes. Refuse removal has turned into a sport! One photo shows a volunteer who’s having so much fun she appears to be dancing.

See you next time.


This past week, two work events happened that improved our little city. On Wed., April 22, over 20 people showed up to pick up garbage (yes, there’s nothing like removing trash to get these folks excited). The group searched every nook and cranny on N. MS Blvd. from Alma to the freeway, then along Spring Hill Rd. to the dump, and on Abrams Lake to the Graffiti Bridge. Six pickup loads of junk were taken to the dump. We were such good social distancers!

On Sat., April 25, about 20 determined people showed up to assist Terez Maniatis (of Native Grounds Nursery) and the Beautification Committee of MS in weeding, raking, and cleaning the median strip on Lake St. We’ll look back on the attached photo and laugh about wearing masks while working, but it’s the responsible thing to do.

Thanks to everyone!

Earth Day Cleanup Wed., 4/22/20

Stuck in your house because of Covid-19? No problem. Let’s get out and clean up Mt. Shasta.

The Mt. Shasta Trail Association and Clean and Safe Mt. Shasta are having a socially distant Earth Day cleanup on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 9 am. We’ll meet at the corner of Alma St. and N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. Anyone approaching closer than 6 ft. will be slapped with a gloved 2X4.

We’ll split into groups of one (or more if you bring family members) and spread out heading north on Mt. Shasta Blvd. and Spring Hill Rd. We plan to clean up all the way to the dump. Dump fees will be covered, so don’t worry about gathering a big load of garbage.

This will be more fun than when the hogs ate my brother.

For questions, call John Harch at 859-2454.


In recent years, the MSTA has spent Earth Day in Castle Crags State Park clearing trails, thinning brush, rebuilding the theatre in the campground, etc. It is usually a big event, with 30 or 40 volunteers from a variety of communities.

This year we’ve had to cancel the event due to social distancing requirements. But Mark Telegin, ever the eager workhorse, suggested we have “Earth Day on your own.” He wants to encourage everyone to get out on their favorite trails, trim encroaching brush, rake leaves or pine needles, and pick up trash. Or, just look for problems, take pictures, and report it to MSTA so we can get crews out there when it’s safe to be together again.

You should know that the USFS has closed their public lands to all volunteer work (for the same reason), so those are the areas to take photos and make reports (unless you just can’t stop yourself from picking up that discarded beer can!).

Attached is a photo of two Marks (Telegin and Foster) working in Castle Crags State Park last year, where a major thinning/cleanup was done.

Keep up the muscle-powered recreation!


The USFS has asked us to post a notice about temporary closures of the Lollipop Trail and the first section of the Gateway Trail due to logging in the area. The closure will begin on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and possibly extend to Feb. 17, 2020.

Also, please do not remove the orange flagging in the area. Mt. Shasta Trail Association volunteers have spent many hours flagging trails so that the loggers don’t obliterate them.

For further information and maps, please refer to the Shasta Trinity National Forest Facebook page or the Mt. Shasta Trail Association Facebook page.


Most of the Gateway II Trail Expansion has been reflagged, so that the trail construction crews can locate exactly the routes through the forest. This morning, a crew of three worked in the plantation area just north and east of the Gateway Trailhead, placing orange tape on trees and dense brush. Sometimes we were crashing through manzanita 8 ft. high. We hope to begin trail construction this spring. Get your bikes and shoes ready.

John Schuyler is shown gently placing a tape on one of his favorite trees.

Mike Hupp smiles because he placed two heavy rocks in John Harch’s backpack before starting the hike.

Trail Association Raises Nearly $23,000 on Giving Tuesday

Mt. Shasta Trail Association board members Debbie Derby and John Harch picked up a check for $22,652.73 from the Shasta Regional Community Foundation on December 18, 2019, representing the final tally for the Giving Tuesday fundraiser. Sincere thanks to so many of you who donated.

We will now focus on: 

  1. Getting construction started on the Gateway II Trail– early spring?
  2. Moving forward with the trail to Mossbrae Falls
  3. Completing the City Park to Downtown Trail


Brushing out the .7-mile section of Gateway I Trail that is being rerouted to avoid a steep segment has now started. On Thursday, Nov. 21 and Monday, Nov. 25, volunteers hiked in carrying chainsaws, loppers, pole saws, and safety gear. Andrew Pelkofer and Jenna Kane of Trail Labs Co directed the effort.

It was rough going in the dense brush of the gulley and hillside, but we didn’t care. We ripped and slashed, creating brush piles for burning. And miraculously, no injuries occurred!

Thanks for the hard work from Patty Guthrie, Davis Bowden, Neil Jacobs, Justin Schmidt, David Tucker, Brian Sindt and Brian Crane (who came from Redding representing the McConnell Foundation), Steve Russell, Becky Cooper and Steve Clark (USFS), Gary German, Carol Winston, John Schuyler, Barbara Paulson, and Todd Whitney (new to our trail crew). This volunteer effort is important not only because it advances a trail project without breaking the budget, but it sets the framework for future construction of the Gateway II Trail System (46 new miles), some of which will be built by volunteers.

Join us next time. We had fun, and got exercise on two beautiful days!

No Need to Get Lost in the Lake Siskiyou Campground Any Longer

Recently, signage was completed to guide hikers, runners, and mountain bikers through the section of the Lake Siskiyou Trail that runs through the campground. Previously, it was easy to get confused and lost in that area, especially for out-of-towners. Now, a combination of brown signs with text and arrows, along with small, green signs with hiker icons and arrows create a clear path for travelers. The “Beach Loop” segment is particularly scenic and pretty.