We Still Need Your Help This Week to Finish the Spring Hill Trail

From MSTA president Joe Wirth:

There are still brush cuttings that need to be removed trom two of the switchbacks on Spring Hill. A crew of 4-5 people could finish the work in a half day. Please let me know if you are available on either of these days this coming week: Wed. Oct. 6 or Thurs. Oct 7. Also a crew of four, including two with chainsaws, is needed to attack the manzanita on the side trail. Please let me know if you are available on Fri., Oct. 8.

If you can help us out, please e-mail Joe: joe.wirth -at- prodigy.net.

Dog Trail Clean-Up and Maintenance this Saturday, October 2 2010

Late-breaking news. You can help the River Exchange do some needed cleaning and trail maintenance on the Dog Trail, which accesses the Pacific Crest Trail from the south side of Castle Crags near Castle Creek.

Here are the details:

The River Exchange is reaching out for help from the community for a Dog Trail Clean-Up and Maintenance Day on Saturday, October 2nd at 9:00 a.m. The Dog Trail is a popular access trail to the Pacific Crest Trail in the Castle Crags Wilderness Area. Helpers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to participate in performing some much-needed maintenance on Dog Trail, with direction from local U.S. Forest Service Recreation Officer, Kai Allen.

Volunteers are being asked to lend a hand to clean up the Dog Trail trailhead parking area, perform basic trail maintenance and to place new signs marking the Wilderness Boundary. The need for this work was identified by the survey team who inventoried the recreation impacts in Castle Crags Wilderness Area this summer. The survey was funded by a National Forest Foundation -Wilderness Stewardship Challenge grant awarded to The River Exchange to partner with the U.S. Forest Service.

A limited number of volunteers will be able to participate in this event, so prospective volunteers are asked to contact The River Exchange to register. Volunteers are asked to wear sturdy boots, long-sleeved shirt, long pants and work gloves. Volunteers should also bring a lunch, water and sunscreen. Garbage bags and all of the required work tools will be provided by The River Exchange and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

For more information and to register for the Dog Trailhead Clean-up Day, contact The River Exchange at 235-2012 or at mail@riverexchange.org.

The River Exchange is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting healthy watersheds through education, stewardship, restoration and community involvement.

Robin Singler,

Administrative Director

The River Exchange

www.riverexchange.org

Spring Hill Trail Construction Volunteers Needed…

There is still work to be completed on Spring Hill. We need to finish removing the slash from the trail and to make progress on the side trail to a rock outcropping. The slash removal does not need tools, but the side trail needs chain saws to cut through a very dense growth of manzanita.

Please let MSTA president Joe Wirth know if you are available on any of the the following days: Friday, September 17th or Saturday September 18th. If by chance you are available tomorrow, Thursday, September 16th, please let Joe know.

The plan is as usual to meet at the parking area at the trailhead at 9:00 AM and work until noon or slightly after depending on the weather and how tired we are by that time. I will arrange to have the locked gate opened so that I can drive us up to the working area. Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants and bring water. Hope to see you on one of these days.

Please contact Joe Wirth: joe.wirth -at- prodigy.net

Spring Hill Trail Nearly Completed!

Here’s a recent e-mail from MSTA president Joe Wirth:

Over this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday we learned what seventeen volunteers can do in 60 hours of hard work. If they’re on the 1 ½ mile Spring Hill Trail armed with chain saws, loppers and Pulaskis, they can complete the brush trimming on the main trail all the way to the top, thereby providing one of the most beautiful views of Mt. Shasta and the surroundings in our entire area. They can begin the removal of slash by a combination of chipping and physical removal from the trail. And they can start creating the side trail to a rock outcropping, with yet more fabulous views!

To say our trail crew volunteers made progress during these three days is truly an understatement. They and the others who have previously worked on the trail are Mt. Shasta ’s version of the “A-Team.” On behalf of the Trail Association and our community, thanks so much. So I invite each of you, our members, to visit this beautiful trail and see for yourselves.

* Directions: Drive north on Mt. Shasta Blvd. and turn right on Ski Village Drive across from the entrance to the city park. Proceed a short distance to a stop sign and drive straight ahead to the parking area at the trailhead. It takes about 40-45 minutes to hike to the top of the hill. On these hot afternoons it is best to hike before noon.

One of the reasons we’re inviting you to see this trail over the next week or so is that we need your ideas about what to do with the center of the circle in the newly constructed (thanks to Chris Marrone) parking circle. This is the most visible area as you approach the trail and therefore needs to be beautiful and attention getting; require minimal maintenance and no water.

After your visit please give us your comments and suggestions on this post (or send an e-mail to joe — joe.wirth at prodigy.net. We hope to complete work on the trail over the next few weeks and to hold a dedication ceremony in late fall. Looking forward to your feedback.

Southerly view from Spring Hill. Note North Mount Shasta Boulevard and Mount Bradley Ridge. (Photo courtesy of John Schuyler)
Southerly view from Spring Hill. Note North Mount Shasta Boulevard and Mount Bradley Ridge. (Photo courtesy of John Schuyler)

Spring Hill Trail Construction — We Want You!

The Spring Hill Trail is nearing completion, but we need a bit more of your help. Here’s an e-mail from Joe Wirth, the president of the Mount Shasta Trail Association:

The current status of the main Spring Hill Trail is that it is nearly completed. The end is truly in sight! The last switchback before the top and the top itself remain to have the brush removed. We need a crew of 6-8 people to work for a half day to finish the job. Please let me know if you are available either on this Friday, August 6th or Saturday, August 7th.

The primary tools are loppers and small hand saws. These will be provided by the Mt. Shasta Trail Association. One or two chain saws would also be helpful since they speed up the work significantly.

Later this month we will put together a crew to complete a side trail to a rock outcropping and the top of the hill.

E-mail Joe at joe.wirth “at” prodigy.net and let him know of your availability. He’ll get back to you with the details.

Spring Hill Trail Work — We Need You June 28-July 2

I was part of a large work party in May that got a lot done in completing the Spring Hill Trail.

But there’s more to do. Here’s what MSTA president Joe Wirth said in a recent e-mail:

Yesterday morning I walked up the Spring Hill Trail to assess how much work remains to be completed. My estimate is that there are 15-20 person-hours of work remaining to finish the main trail. We need two crews of five people each to work for 3-4 hours. Please let me know if you are available to work on any of these days next week: Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 2.

Thanks to all of you who have already worked on the trail. Great progress has been made and we need a final push to finish.Incidentally, while walking up the trail I met a family of four plus two dogs coming down. The trail is already being frequently used.

Please help us out! E-mail Joe at joe.wirth@prodigy.net and let him know of your availability. He’ll get back to you with the details.

Spring Hill Trail — Help the MSTA Build It!

We need your help to build a trail!

The Mount Shasta Trail Association and its partner organizations have been hard at work on the Spring Hill Trail just across from Mount Shasta City Park in Mount Shasta.

You don’t need previous experience, just a willingness to do some physical labor and the desire to see an important project get completed.

Here are details from an e-mail recently sent by MSTA president Joe Wirth:

We need to put together several teams of 5-10 people each and go to work on removing brush from the fire road and at the summit of Spring Hill. If you are interested and available on any or all of the days from Monday May 24th through Saturday May 29th please respond to me at . My estimate is that we need 4-5 work days to complete this part of the trail. Most of the work can be done with loppers and hand saws. There is a limited need for chain saws. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thus far two teams have worked on the section from the trailhead to the intersection with the fire road. This piece is now ready for the trail equipment which will be there later this month.

We need you! Spend time with other hiking enthusiasts and do a good deed.

We need to put together several teams of 5-10 people each and go to work on removing brush from the fire road and at the summit of Spring Hill. If you are interested and available on any or all of the days from Monday May 24th through Saturday May 29th please respond to this e-mail. My estimate is that we need 4-5 work days to complete this part of the trail. Most of the work can be done with loppers and hand saws. There is a limited need for chain saws. I look forward to hearing from you.

Thus far two teams have worked on the section from the trailhead to the intersection with the fire road. This piece is now ready for the trail equipment which will be there later this month.

Maintenance on Mount Shasta Area Trails

The Mount Shasta Trail Association will soon be asking MSTA members and friends to help us clean up our local hiking trails.

As everyone who lives in the Mount Shasta area knows, we got thumped in early January by a major storm that took down hundreds of trees and brought down thousands of tree limbs throughout the area, including on top of many hiking paths.

Stay tuned to this blog, your e-mail inbox (if you are on the Mount Shasta Trail Association list), and the local paper for the dates, times, and places of trail maintenance. Subscribe to this blog by putting your e-mail address into the appropriate box in the right-hand column and hitting enter.

You don’t need special skills to help with trail maintenance, just a love of hiking and the willingness to sweat a bit.