VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PRUNING ON THE TRAIL TO BRADLEY RIDGE
The Siskiyou Wanderers hiking group has scheduled a trail maintenance day for Thursday, November 8 and need volunteers to help with the pruning. We will hike from Castle Lake to the work site at Bradley Ridge, above Dunsmuir. It is approximately 4 miles each way. Please meet at the M.S. Fish Hatchery at 8am with 1-2 of your favorite pruning tools (pruners, hand saw, lopers, rake …). Bring water and a lunch for a beautiful hike to a wonderful area to do some badly needed trail maintenance. For further information, contact John Thompson, scribe (530) 926-4430 or Steve Russell (916) 212-4478.
Mossbrae Falls is a stunning destination in Dunsmuir, CA, and it’s visited by thousands of people each year. Getting to the falls, however, is difficult.
The Mount Shasta Trail Association is engaged in a plan to create a safer, easier path to the falls, but it will cost around $750,000, by conservative estimates. One donor has primed the pump with a $300,000 gift. We will rely on other large grants and donations, but we need your help to finish this project. Please join us in making this dream a reality by donating to the Mount Shasta Trail Association on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. www.northstategives.org/mountshastatrailassociation
The attached photos give a visual representation of the falls, the current route, and the solution.
A small group (Mark Telegin, Neil Jacobs, David Tucker, and Steve Russell) have put in many hours to construct a new bridge to replace a crumbling one in Castle Crags State Park. The research and engineering were done by Mark. The bridge was totally constructed in Mark’s garage, then disassembled and hauled to CCSP. On Friday morning, we’ll begin the work of prepping the site, hauling the bridge to the site, and putting it together. We could use a few extra hands. See the instructions for where to meet from Mark, below.
“I have talked to most of you about working on Friday at Castle Crags. At 9 am we will be meeting at the Flume Camp ground, out by the pond, which is about a mile up the paved road from the main entrance to the park. Bring tools for ground work like shovels, picks, rakes, loppers and gloves. There are some logs in the creek along with rocks and debris to work on. We will also be tending to the old bridge. I’m not sure how long it will take to prep the site, but we will talk about installing the new bridge while we are working and figure out when we can start on the last part of the project.” Mark
Take a look at the bridge. Unbelievable job, I think. Guys, thanks for keeping our parks beautiful.
After considerable effort walking the entire Gateway Trail system to obtain accurate GPS data, a new map was created and placed on the trailhead kiosk on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. It includes the new Lollipop Trail, the correct alignment for Pig Farm, the Foundation Trail, removal of “Fern Loop,” naming of major intersections, and accurate mileage measurements between all these locations. Several “you are here” signs will soon be placed at strategic locations within the trail system . Pictured is Paul Schwartz, who has been instrumental in getting this project done properly.
We will be partnering with the MS Beautification Committee to trim, weed, and spruce up the median strip on Lake St. (Sat., Sept. 8 at 9 am) and the “Triangle” on N. MS Blvd., across from Point S Tire Co. (Sat., Sept. 22 at 9 am).
These are two highly visible areas that appear to most of our out-of-town visitors immediately on their arrival, so these efforts are important.
I will be out of town for Sept. 8, but there should be a good crew for that day. Hope some of you can show up for one or both mornings.
We expect that the work can be done in 1-2 hours if enough volunteers show.
We’re going to have a few “work mornings” coming up to accomplish some trail maintenance while staying out of the heat.
On Tuesday morning, July 17, at 7:30, a few of us will meet in the St. Barnabas Church parking lot (Lassen Ave. west of the freeway and just west of Doctor’s Park) to trim out their trail. We will mostly need weed whackers and a very few loppers/hand trimmers.
I have the MSTA push weed trimmer and two hand weed whackers, and Mark Telegin has a weed whacker, so if you can help for an hour, we’ll hand you a tool.
We aim to be done by 9:30 or 10.
Hope to see you.
PS: If you have one of those little nets that go over your head, you might bring it because this morning when we scouted the job, there were some of those little black flies that buzz around your face. You can get one of those nets at Solano’s for $3.