Gateway Trail Improvements

I know where I am, but where are you?

As part of the Trail Association’s ongoing effort to keep the Gateway Trails a quality experience, we recently installed nine “your are here” signs throughout the network.  So just when you think you are hopelessly lost, one of these signs will come to the rescue!

We also updated the map panel at the trailhead kiosk to now show the Foundation and Pig Farm Trails, and removed a proposed trail segment that wasn’t needed.  Enjoy!

Giving Tuesday a Huge Success!

A big “thank you” to all the donors who gave generously to the Mt. Shasta Trail Association on Giving Tuesday. Preliminary results show that we will receive over $11,000!  Your support will help us to continue our work on the Gateway Trail network expansion, a safe trail to Mossbrae Falls, and other big projects. The photo below shows the area where the Gateway expansion will be located.

View of Gateway Trail expansion area

Save the Date — Saturday June 7 — Gateway Trail Ribbon Cutting

The first Saturday in June is always National Trails Day.  Thus, its a fitting time for the community to celebrate the (relatively) new Gateway Trail.  The Trail Association — along with the Forest Service and the Mt. Shasta Mountain Bike Association — will be holding a short ceremony on Saturday June 7th beginning at 9:00 AM to officially acknowledge the completion of this multi-use trail located on national forest lands close to town.  There will be friends to greet, refreshments, and short speeches honoring the trail and those that made it happen.  See attached flyer. Gateway Trail Celebration

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Gateway Trail Video

Want to take a quick spin on on your virtual mountain bike on the Gateway Trail without leaving home?  Then click below for a fun ride up and down the humps and through the trees on this new trail!

 

Gateway Trail Update

Work on the Gateway Trail is moving right along!  Recently, a trail map was added to the kiosk (pictured below) and permanent directional signs have been installed along the trails.  Soon, the parking area will see some additional landscaping and entrance signs will be put up along Everett Memorial Highway.  Even with these finishing touches not yet completed, the trails are open for your enjoyment — either to hike, mountain bike, or run.

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Gateway Trail Map

We have the final map that will be posted on the Gateway Trail kiosk. Smaller versions of these maps will eventually be made available from the Forest Service and other outlets.  Note that this is a large PDF file — 4 megabytes.

Here is the overall trail map:  Gateway Kiosk Map

 

Work on the Gateway Trail Progresses

The International Mountain Biking Association recently led a trail-building workshop that included work on the Gateway Trail.

Also, the College of the Siskiyous football team put in an excellent day of work on the Gateway Trail. Read all about it here.

Hike the Gateway Trail with the MSTA on Saturday, May 19th, 2012

The Mount Shasta Trail Association invites you to join us on a moderate 7 mile loop hike Saturday, May 19th, 2012, on the brand new Gateway Trail on the flanks of Mt Shasta. We will start out with gorgeous views of the Eddys, Black Butte and Mt. Shasta and then enter the serene forest. We will climb a total of 700 feet.

The Gateway Trail, just constructed last fall, was created for hikers, bikers and horses by the Mount Shasta Trail Association in partnership with the Forest Service. The extensive network of Gateway and (existing) Tunnel trails have lots of opportunities for loops. This volcanic area used to be large brush fields dominated by manzanita brush. Hikers will see evidence of the herculean efforts made to convert the area to conifer plantations. This accessible trail is right in our own back yard, off of Everrit Memorial Highway.

Participants meet at the Fish Hatchery in Mt Shasta at 9 am. Bring lunch and water. We will return by 2 pm. For further questions call Joan Roemer at 926-0647.

 

IMBA Trail Building Workshop in Mount Shasta May 11-12, 2012

The Mount Shasta Trail Association Presents:

IMBA Trail Building Workshop: May 11th and 12th, 2012

201 N Mount Shasta Blvd, Mount Shasta, CA 96067

Overview:

  1. Presentation on the economic benefits of trails (Friday evening, 7pm @ Black Bear Gallery)
  2. Classroom workshop on essential trail building elements (Saturday morning, 9am-12n)
  3. Field instruction and hands-on trail building workshop (Saturday afternoon, 12.30-3pm)

Friday May 11 @ 7pm at the Black Bear Gallery (upstairs)

Join us for a presentation by IMBA crew on the economic benefits of recreational trails in small towns and an update on the construction of the Gateway Trail and future plans.

Saturday May 12 @ 9am-3pm: meet at the Black Bear Gallery (upstairs), Lunch provided!

IMBA’s Trail Building School teaches IMBA’s philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers on how to build and maintain sustainable trails.  The school involves a classroom session in the morning and a hands-on workshop in the afternoon.  Elements covered:

  • Introduction to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew
  • Trail building theory
  • Essential elements of sustainable trials
  • Designing the trail
  • Rerouting and reclaiming trails
  • Advanced trail construction techniques

*Morning will be spent in classroom and then we will carpool to Gateway Trail for a hands-on building clinic.  Please plan on attending both classroom and outdoor sessions.

Who Should Attend this Workshop?

  • Any trail user (bike, pedestrian, equestrian, etc.)
  • People interested in or tasked with trail design, building and maintenance, such as land managers and city planners
  • Community service: those who oversee a community service program, those who need to complete a community service project
  • Anyone who would like to understand the elements for trail sustainability
  • High school mountain biking teams and local scout troops
  • Cycling teams, urban planners, parks and recreation majors, etc.

Lunch and Tools Included!

The Mount Shasta Trail Association will provide all tools necessary for the hands-on trail building workshop and also provide lunch for all participants. Please bring appropriate work clothes, shoes, rain gear, gloves, etc.

For More Information: Contact Andrew Braugh, 530-440-5921 or drewbraugh@gmail.com

International Mountain Biking Association Trail Building Workshop May 11 and 12, 2012 in Mount Shasta

The Mount Shasta Trail Association Presents: International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail Building Workshop: May 11 and 12, 2012

Upstairs at the Black Bear Gallery – 201 N Mount Shasta Blvd, Mount Shasta, CA 96067

Overview:

  1. Presentation on the economic benefits of trails (Friday 7pm @ Black Bear Gallery)
  2. Classroom workshop on essential trail building elements (Saturday morning, 9am-12n)
  3. Field instruction and hands-on trail building workshop (Saturday afternoon, 12.30-3pm)

Friday May 11 @ 7pm at the Black Bear Gallery (upstairs)

Join us for a presentation by IMBA crew on the economic benefits of recreational trails in small towns and an update on the construction of the Gateway Trail and future plans.

Saturday May 12 @ 9am-3pm: meet at the Black Bear Gallery (upstairs), Lunch provided!

IMBA’s Trail Building School teaches IMBA’s philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers on how to build and maintain sustainable trails.  The school involves a classroom session in the morning and a hands-on workshop in the afternoon.  Elements covered:

  • Introduction to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew
  • Trail building theory
  • Essential elements of sustainable trials
  • Designing the trail
  • Rerouting and reclaiming trails
  • Advanced trail construction techniques

*Morning will be spent in classroom and then we will carpool to Gateway Trail for a hands-on building clinic.  Please plan on attending both classroom and outdoor sessions.

Who Should Attend this Workshop?

  • Any trail user (bike, pedestrian, equestrian, etc.)
  • People interested in or tasked with trail design, building and maintenance, such as land managers and city planners
  • Community service: those who oversee a community service program, those who need to complete a community service project
  • Anyone who would like to understand the elements for trail sustainability
  • High school mountain biking teams and local scout troops
  • Cycling teams, urban planners, parks and recreation majors, etc.

Lunch and Tools Included!

The Mount Shasta Trail Association will provide all tools necessary for the hands-on trail building workshop and also provide lunch for all participants. Please bring appropriate work clothes, shoes, rain gear, gloves, etc.

For More Information: Contact Andrew Braugh, 530-440-5921 or drewbraugh@gmail.com

Mount Shasta Trail Association 2011 Highlights

Here’s what Mount Shasta Trail Association president Joe Wirth said about the many MSTA accomplishments for 2011 during our recent annual meeting. He discusses the importance of partnerships and how that has been relevant to much of MSTA’s work.

Joe Wirth’s Comments

If I were to choose one word that characterizes the Mt. Shasta Trail Association’s accomplishments in 2011 it would be PARTNERSHIPS. What do I mean when I say that?  Quite simply, when we review all of the projects we’ve been involved in, our PARTNERSHIPS were the consistent reason we were able to get things done.  And in 2012 one of our primary goals will be to continue to build and strengthen our partnerships.

Here in our small community, which has seen some tough economic times over the past months, we see building strong relationships and partnerships as a cost effective way to significantly expand our resources and everyone wins.

Here are three concrete examples of our current  PARTNERSHIPS: The Gateway Trail, The Hedge Creek Falls to Mossbrae Falls Trail, and the work being done to keep Castle Crags State Park open.

The Gateway Trail Project

Let’s start building the case for partnerships by looking at the Gateway Trail project. This has been a PARTNERSHIP between MSTA and the Forest Service plus the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and a number of local mountain bikers. CA State Parks and Recreation Department has also been involved and been a major source of funds to build the trail.

Each of these groups and organizations I mentioned played an important role and without all of these groups working together, especially the Forest Service, the project could not have moved forward at all.

As we think about the future of the Gateway Trail and how to make Mt. Shasta a destination for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians it is clear that creating a strong relationship with IMBA is very important and has great economic benefits for the Mt. Shasta area.

Hedge Creek to Mossbrae Falls Trail

Now let’s move on to our second example, Mossbrae Falls.  Mossbrae Falls has long been a popular destination for hikers in this area and the only way to get there is to hike along the railroad tracks. Those of you who have taken this hike know that there are several places where meeting an oncoming train presents a serious problem.  If you’ve been there you seen the steep bank down to the river on one side a high embankment on the other with not enough distance from the railroad tracks to feel comfortable. But many folks every year have decided that the risk is worth the reward.

However, this past November the feared accident did occur. A woman did not succeed in getting far enough out of the way and was hit in the head by a locomotive. Surprisingly, she was not killed and is expected to recover fully over time. That’s the good news. But clearly this shows that beyond the shadow of doubt the time has come to fix this problem

Before this event we began working in with the Dunsmuir City Manager, Union Pacific Railroad, and the St. Germain Foundation to create a trail to Mossbrae Falls that would branch off from the existing Hedge Creek Falls Trail and cross what is now St. Germain property. This is the first time that the railroad and St. Germain Foundation have been willing to consider this idea.

The plan is to obtain funding to purchase St. Germain land that would then be owned by the City of Dunsmuir and build a trail on that land. To that end we obtained a $10,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation and used the money to lay out the trail, survey the land (5.35) where the trail would located and get a appraisal of land value. We are currently negotiating with St. Germain Foundation on a purchase price for the land and hope to find a mutually acceptable answer in the next few months.

I have hiked the proposed trail route with Tom Hesseldenz and others and it is very scenic trail that winds down a steep hillside with numerous springs to the level of the river and to the falls. We will work hard to take advantage of the opportunity to resolve this safety hazard forever and create a hiking attraction for this area.

As you’ve listened to this, I hope you’ll agree that the Mossbrae Falls project clearly illustrates the power of partnership and it’s importance, not only for the community but, in this case, especially for trail users.

Castle Crags State Park

Finally, I would like to talk about one of our most publicized park and trail challenges, the proposed closing of Castle Crags State Park, because the progress we’ve made to date, once again exemplifies the power of partnership.

On May 23, 2011 CA Department of Parks and Recreation announced the planned closure of 70 State Parks including Castle Crags. Shortly after that announcement the Mt. Shasta Trail Association began working with Parks and Recreation, the Castle Crags Interpretative Association and recently with the Bioregional Ecology Center to find a way to keep the park open or at the very least to keep the trails accessible and in good condition.

Here’s where we are: We have negotiated an agreement with State Parks and Recreation that will allow us to work on trails within the park to provide trail maintainance and promote educational and interpretative activities around the trails. Since Castle Crags Interpretive Association’s contract with State Parks expired at the end of 2011 they have transferred most of their funds from activities in the park to MSTA and we have put those funds in a separate account earmarked for use only within Castle Crags. Specifically here’s how this will work:

  • Our agreement with the state includes a listing of trail projects for use of these funds.

We will most certainly need a corps of volunteers to work on Castle Crags trails this year and into the future. There us a volunteer signup sheet in the back for those of you interested in working in Castle Crags

  • Trails are only a portion of the Castle Crags operation and recently the Bioregional Ecology Center has become involved to find a way to keep the park completely in operation and they are actively working to mobilize community support for the park.
  • We are working with them to develop short and long term plans for keeping the park in operation – while State Parks is continuing to work on new models for park operation that narrow the gap between park costs and revenues.

The planned closure date of July 1st is rapidly approaching. Keeping the park open is important economically and for the quality of life in the communities of south Siskiyou County. Now is the time to come together individually and as organizations to keep Castle Crags open.  Now is the time for us to show the power of partnerships

Finally, I hope you’ll leave here tonight an advocate for teamwork and partnerships, if you’re not already, and that having heard the progress reports on the Gateway Trail, Mossbrae Falls Trail and Castle Crags project, you too are now convinced of the power of working together.

Your Thoughts…

Please share your thoughts and ideas about these issues and any others you think relevant to the mission of the Mount Shasta Trail Association in the comments below.