APRIL TRAIL WORK

IF YOU DON’T SHOW UP, WE’RE GONNA DO IT ANYWAY, BUT WE’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU FOR THE AMBITIOUS SCHEDULE LISTED BELOW:

 

  1. Saturday, April 14, at 8:30 am—Mt. Shasta City Park—Invasive Weed Pull
  2. Sunday, April 15, at 10 am—Clean up hillside below the repaired trail in Dunsmuir. Take I-5 south, off at Dunsmuir Ave (central Dunsmuir offramp), R on Dunsmuir Ave, immediate L onto Stagecoach Rd., go 150 yards, veer L onto Upper Soda Rd.  Go 50 ft. and park there; take trail to the R and you can’t miss us.  I’ll have all tools and supplies.  We just need a couple volunteers.
  3. Wednesday, April 18th, at 9 am– Garden Greenway spring cleanup, behind the Siskiyou Land Trust Office, 522 Alma St. (across from Sisson School). Need chainsaws, loppers, hedge trimmers, gloves.
  4. Saturday, April 21, 8:30 am—Earth Day at Castle Crags State Park. Trail maintenance, slash collection and burning.  Light breakfast and a lunch will be provided by the MS Trail Association.  Come one, come all.  Even the Boy Scouts will be there to help!
  5. Monday, April 23, time to be determined (dependent on Bubba Seuss and his dump trailer availability)—Finish the cleanup of the massive, abandoned transient encampment on Everitt Memorial Hwy. With a half dozen eager volunteers, we can do this in one hour.  Photos of this mess attached.

AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN COME FOR 30 MINUTES OR 3 HOURS FOR ANY OF THESE JOBS, BUT WITH ENOUGH HELP, WE’LL BE DONE IN AN HOUR OR SO.

JH

WHO CARES ABOUT TRASH?

I am happy to report that there were 13 truly bored and nutty people who had nothing better to do on a beautiful Saturday afternoon than clean up trash in the forest.  We got a tarped encampment out of Cascade Gulch (bit of a fun trek down the gully and back), the last of the wood and metal from the Shastice site, and about 1/3 of the massive junk pile just off Everitt Mem. Hwy just north of the Gateway trailhead.  By the way, the trailhead parking lot was full all afternoon!

Many thanks to Glenn Harvey, Tom Heilmann, Patrick Stalder, Mike McArron, Mike Daly, John Moreno, Perry Sims, Mark Foster, Tina Ure, Steve Scharpf, Todd Cory, and Bill Broeckel (who drove down from Yreka to help us).  The large group made short work of the mess.

When the transients are completely gone from the Everitt site (and they are removing some of their stuff), we’ll go back and finish the job.

JH

 

 

FINISH CLEANING UP SHASTICE ENCAMPMENT ON SATURDAY

Glenn Harvey and I will be going back to the Shastice encampment to remove the last of the metal and lumber on Saturday at 2 pm.

This is not a big job, and the two of us could probably do it in about 2 hours.

So, if you have time and want to help, we’ll do it in a lot less than 2 hours.

We could use 1 or 2 additional wheelbarrows and some bungies/tie-downs, but just having an extra body or two will be great.

MEET AT 2 PM ON EVERITT MEMORIAL HWY WHERE THE RR TRACKS CROSS, JUST NORTH OF THE HIGH SCHOOL.

 

Additionally, Glenn has found a huge encampment further up the Everitt Mem. (five or six tents, with tarps).  He had sheriff and USFS up there yesterday, so maybe the campers will move on…

But you know we’ll have to go clean it up, and we’ll need volunteers.  We’ll let you know.

Thanks.

JH

Scoping Letter and Map for Gateway Phase II

Attached is the scoping letter for the Gateway Phase II project.  You can refer to it for information to write letters of support, needed before Feb. 22.

Also attached is the map of the proposed trails.  Note that our wonderful Gateway I (which is used by many of us) is in yellow, while the proposed trails are in green, blue, and black, referring to the difficulty level.

Thanks.

John Harch

MSTA Gateway 2 Scoping Letter

MSTA Gateway 2 Map

VERY IMPORTANT MEETING ABOUT GATEWAY PHASE II TRAIL PROJECT

Please consider attending a “scoping” meeting on Monday, January 29, 2018, at 5 pm, at the Mt. Shasta City Park Upper Lodge to support the Gateway Phase 2 Trail Project.  The meeting is meant to provide public input to the project.

 

Gateway Phase II is a massive increase and upgrade to the existing Gateway I Trail system that is currently enjoyed by many locals and out-of-towners.  The project is a product of combined efforts by the US Forest Service, the Mt. Shasta Trail Association, and the Mt. Shasta Mt. Bike Association to add more than 38 miles of trail to the existing 10.7 miles.  Fundraising efforts by MSTA, MSMBA, Mt. Wheelers, Shasta Peddlers, and many others, along with a very generous grant from the McConnell Foundation have made this possible (although more funding will be necessary in the future).

 

At the meeting, you will see a presentation of the details of the proposed project, and it will amaze you.

We cannot overstate the importance of this trail plan to Mt. Shasta and South Siskiyou County.

Please come out in numbers to show your support, even if you drop by for the first 30-60 minutes.

 

Thank you.

Sincerely,

John Harch, MSTA