Tree Clearing in the Gateway Learning Zone

Five of us made great progress removing many of the downed trees in the Learning Zone as we prepare for Trail Labs to finish trail construction in that area. John Kelly, Bryson Adams, and Ron Bravo acted as swampers extraordinaire, while Bryson Schreder and yours truly wielded the saws. Check out just how much stuff had fallen on and around the trails, and the size of the last one we cut. Many thanks to this group. We have a few more to take out on another day. Photos courtesy of Bryson Adams.

Volunteer Work Day Tomorrow

Chainsaw trail work day on Tuesday, June 11th at 8:30am

We’re planning a morning up at the Learning Zone Tuesday, June 11 at 8:30. We’ll meet at the Nordic Center parking lot and spread out from there.

In order to get the rough cut trails in the Learning Zone ready for finish work and volunteer days, we will need to log out all of the downed trees from last winter.  There are numerous trees down across the zone, so it will take a team effort, but with a good crew hopefully we will be able to accomplish this task in one go.  

We will be meeting at 8:30 at the Nordic Center parking lot, then heading to work zones.  For any volunteers with their chainsaw certification from the Forest Service, please bring any related PPE (chaps, eye/ear protection, hardhat, gloves) you have.  There will also be a need for swampers.  Additional volunteers can carry rakes and tools to work on tread around fallen trees.

If you can’t make it this week, keep an eye out for an email or social media post as we’re likely to schedule another chainsaw workday very soon.

If you’re unaware, the National Forest Service requires a chainsaw card in order to operate a chainsaw on volunteer work days. If you don’t have saw card and are interested in getting one, now is the time. See below for the course being offered later this month (it’s likely this will be the only one this year, so take advantage of it).

Free Chainsaw Class for Trail Crew Volunteers

Below is the invite for the certification training class for those chainsaw fiends who want to be a part of our chainsaw crew. This is a very popular class and is being provided by the USFS free of charge. We hope your participation means you’ll help out with trail clearing, brushing, etc. from time to time.

Remember that your prior certification lasts three years, so check your saw card to make sure yours doesn’t expire soon. Also, you need a CPR/first aid certificate to enroll. Last time we were able to do that online for about $20.

Thanks to Josh McNulty and his crew for offering this class.

Volunteer Trail Builder’s Chainsaw Course

The Shasta Trinity National Forest would like to provide the opportunity for a two day chainsaw course on Friday June 28th & Saturday June 29th. This course is open to all who have interest in receiving professional instruction in saw operations related to trail construction & maintenance. BA group of people in the woods

Description automatically generated with low confidenceackcountry Horsemen, mountain bikers, hikers, walkers, birders, all are welcome! This is a full two day NWCG S-212 chainsaw course. Saws and safety equipment will be provided. Plan to spend time outdoors. Instructors have an accumulation of 30+ years of chainsaw experience. See following info for more. 

Where : 204 West Alma Street Mt. Shasta, CA 96067 

When: Friday June 28th & Saturday June 29th

10am -4 pm Both days

What to Bring : Current CPR and 1st AID Certification, Boots,  Long   sleeve shirt and pants

Contact: Josh McNulty Captain E-371 McCloud (530) 925-1047

*space is limited, reserve your spot ASAP

* CPR and 1st AID is mandatory for selection, see ya there!

Trail Work Day on June 1, 2024

National Trails Day 
Volunteer Event
Saturday, June 1stJoin in a day of community stewardship of our trails!  We’ll work on a new trail and trailhead, followed by a complimentary lunch at Shastice Park and a shuttle ride courtesy of Shasta Gravity
The US Forest Service, Mt. Shasta Trail Association, Bike Shasta, Trail Labs and SORA will be hosting a morning of trail work on a brand new, nearly completed (and still closed) trail in the Gateway System from a brand new trailhead on the south end of Mt. Shasta.

Volunteers will work alongside the crew from Trail Labs to shape features, rake trail, naturalize the area adjacent to the trail and there will be work to do at the new Pioneer Trailhead as well. There is something for everyone!

Thanks to The Fifth Season, Bike Shasta and Shasta Gravity, we’ll have complimentary lunch for volunteers as well as a shuttle ride when the work and lunch are done. Read details below and make sure you click the link to RSVP if you’d like lunch or a shuttle ride. Trail work day schedule: 

8:30am – meet at USFS office on Alma Street to sign waivers 9:00am – carpool to work location9:30am-12:30pm – trail work and clean up at trailhead1:00pm – Shastice Park for lunch2:00pm – shuttle ride

Come prepared for trail work: work gloves, long pants and boots, long sleeve shirts, hat and water. Be prepared for the weather. Tools will be provided.What’s for lunch, you ask? 

Well, we’re super excited to be welcoming a food truck new to the area. Sprengelmeyer’s Food Truck will be serving a complimentary lunch to volunteers. If you’d like a lunch, you’ll need to click this link to RSVP for lunch and select your lunch option. Sprengelmeyer’s is coming to Mt. Shasta after more than 10 years of serving delicious, organic, gluten free food in Bandon, Oregon. Brian and his crew make their food by hand (he’ll be making fresh corn tortillas that morning!). Volunteers will enjoy a large rice bowl with your choice of shredded chicken, shredded beef, snapper or a vegetarian option, along with a fresh made lemonade. You won’t get it if you don’t click the link to RSVP and sign in at the Forest Service. 

The best part is you can invite your friends and family to meet you at the park where they can buy lunch off the truck from noon to 3pm. Please spread the word. We’ll be sharing this news with the community so we can all get to know this new fresh food option. Sprenglemeyer’s will be coming to the Mt. Shasta Farmers Market and Petals Flower Shop in June, so keep your eye out.

Is your mouth watering yet? Did you click the link to RSVP for lunch? Do it now. Click to RSVP for lunch and/or shuttleIf you want to join Shasta Gravity for a free shuttle to the 10 Gallon Trailhead, you’ll need to RSVP  – click the big blue button above. 18 spots are available on two trips up the mountain. First come, first served.

The big plan – Nordic Center Facilities and Trails Upgrade Project
The trail we’ll be working on next Saturday is part of the Prop 68 funded work happening at the Nordic Center, which also happens to include 5 miles of the Gateway Phase II underway with Mt. Shasta Trail Association, the US Forest Service and Trail Labs. SORA is super excited to lend time and funding to the Gateway II expansion.
Trail construction under this project will continue this year and possibly into 2025, as soil conditions, weather and other conditions influence the construction season. Already this funding has brought the new double vault toilet to the Nordic Center and some minor facilities upgrades. The next big part of that project is the construction of the new mobile lodge. Stay tuned for more news and details about the Nordic Center Facilities and Trails Upgrade Project.Copyright © 2024 Siskiyou Outdoor Recreation Alliance, All rights reserved.

Roadway Warning Signs Installed

Seven of us showed up yesterday to install the warning and crossing signs on Road 31 (upper section of Old McCloud Rd.) where Gateway Trails cross or will cross the roadway. Chris Marrone graciously provided the heavy equipment to drive the posts, saving us dozens of hours of digging and cement mixing. Others who spent either part or all of their day (we started at 0830 and finished at about 5 pm) were Mike Hlynsky, Steve Mitrovich, Mark Derby, Bill Repetto, and Paul Skilbeck. 

You will also see the Nordic Center Trailhead signs that were placed on Ski Park Hwy. It was a long, hard day, but the worst of the sign installation is now done. We have many more signs to place within the trail system as construction continues, but they will be simpler and we’ll bite them off in smaller chunks.

Gargantuan thanks to this determined crew!

Installing Gateway Signs on Road 31 this Wed, May 22 at 0830

Chris Marrone has informed me that he and his Bobcat are available to install steel signposts on Road 31 (AKA Old McCloud Rd.) this Wed, May 22. We’re going to meet at 8:30 am just below the RR tracks on Road 31. We don’t need 25 helpers, but could use about a half dozen folks to: handle the steel posts, one person to watch for approaching cars (we don’t need a formal traffic control group like last time on Everitt Mem Hwy), and install the hardware and signs. Others, like Jim Wrona, can take photos and taunt us.

This approach will save us hours of backbreaking digging of holes. We’ll probably be there a couple hours, so volunteers can come in staggered groups if more convenient (e.g. 9 am, 10, 11). Thanks!!

This is Jim Wrona helping on a work day last fall

Clearing Gateway Trails

Over the past few weeks, the Mount Shasta Trail Association volunteer chainsaw crew (along with a few other unnamed trail angels) has been removing downed trees and brush from the trails so the rest of us can enjoy hiking and riding. We recently identified an eighty footer leaning over the Strawberry Valley Trail that was an obvious hazard. Given its size and danger, we called Josh McNulty and his gang of US Forest Service chainsaw specialists. They chunked this tree off the trail and will go back later, untangle it from the adjacent trees, and put it on the ground. Thanks to our USFS partners, and all our volunteers.

Cleanup Done on Sat., April 20

On Sat., April 20, about 15 dedicated citizens showed up to clean up our city. The bulk of the group stayed at the abandoned campsite behind the Forest Service Office and collected more than two pickups of garbage (wet clothes, food containers, cardboard, metal, etc.) while the rest visited another site near the Crystal Geyser plant and gathered another pickup of junk. All of it was taken to the dump.

Thanks to Belinda Higuera (Clean and Safe Mt. Shasta) for organizing, and to everyone who believes keeping our city beautiful is important enough to donate two hours of their precious time on a Saturday morning in April!

Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is celebrated around the planet every year on April 22 and is a great opportunity for us to “Think Globally and Act Locally”.   For more information from, click here.

You can support Earth Day every day by helping keep our incredible trails free of trash.   Get a trash picker at one of our local hardware stores and bring it on your hike.  Maybe there’s a little room in your bike hydration pack to pick up some trash on your ride.    Some trailheads don’t have trash cans so just clean up that area before heading home.

The FREE Mount Shasta Trail Challenge is another great way to participate in Earth Day every day.  Complete just 6 trails on the challenge and get an awesome stainless steel water bottle.  No more wasteful plastic bottles!   

Picking up trash is a good thing to do
Reduce single-use plastics
Complete the Trail Challenge and get a great reusable bottle