West Parks Creek Lake Trailhead — Closure for Bridge Replacement

From the Forest Service:

Starting August 31, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest will begin work to replace the West Parks Creek OHV trail bridge with a new bridge. The new bridge will provide a safe crossing of the stream for motorized vehicles 50” wide or less, reduce sediment delivery into West Parks Creek, and restore meadow conditions adjacent to the trailhead. The West Parks Creek bridge is located at the end of Road 41N73, on the Shasta McCloud Management Unit off of Parks Creek Road, 42N17. The trailhead to West Parks Creek Lakes will be closed during construction so parking will be limited. The project is scheduled to last 30 days, but may be completed within a couple weeks of the start date. If recreating in this area, please use caution when around heavy equipment and only pass the worksite when signaled to do so. Please call the Mt. Shasta Ranger Station if you have any further questions at (530) 440-4509.

Meadow along West Parks Creek

SISSON MEADOW/LIBRARY CLEANUP TODAY

Twenty volunteers showed this morning to make the library and Sisson Meadow look good. Rarely have I seen a crew work this hard. Love to see so many people who believe that cleaning up makes their community a better place. We had fun, too. Check out the before, after, and crew photos.

SISSON MEADOW CLEANUP TUES, AUG 4, AT 9 AM

Feeling so cooped up that you’re smacking the cat? Gained 5 pounds because you eat every time you walk by the kitchen?

Let’s meet at 9 am on Tues, Aug 4 to clean up the jungle that has grown in Sisson Meadow behind the MS library. We’ll stay 6 ft apart (or more) in the fresh air and get some exercise (and make our city look good).

Glenn Harvey and I will bring lots of tools, but you can also bring weed whackers, rakes, loppers, gloves, and water. It’s OK if you just want to work for 30 minutes; we’d still like to see you. When it gets warm, we’ll quit (you, however, can quit any time you want). I doubt anyone will work past noon.

Hope to see you.

JH

MOSSBRAE FALLS TRAIL UPDATE

There is continued monumental interest in Mossbrae Falls, as evidenced by a recent report of more than 800 people walking down the RR tracks to the falls on a single weekend. Efforts by locals and visitors to escape the confines of their homes in Covid-19 times have increased this activity.

The Mount Shasta Trail Association, in concert with the City of Dunsmuir and Union Pacific Railroad, is pleased to announce early progress on a safe, scenic route to the falls. This proposed trail will start at the Hedge Creek Falls Trailhead, pass by Hedge Creek Falls down to the Sacramento River, where a pedestrian bridge will cross the river to the west side. The trail will continue along the river below the RR tracks to the falls.

The City of Dunsmuir has signed a preliminary engineering agreement with Union Pacific Railroad to explore the complex issues surrounding this proposed trail. In the words of a UP official, “…the agreement allows the stakeholders to progress design plans through UP’s formal engineering process, allowing the parties to take a step toward the final decision on the feasibility of constructing the trail without negatively impacting UP operations or the stability of the site.”

We are still a long way from having this trail become a reality, but these are very encouraging developments. If successful, the project will cost approximately $1 million. For all those who visit this spectacular site or support the concept of a safe trail, please consider a donation to the Mount Shasta Trail Association at mountshastatrailassociation.org.

Successful Cleanup in Forest Near Old McCloud Rd

Ten volunteers cleaned up an access road off Old McCloud yesterday. The attached photo shows Mary Marcina (who identified the mess) barking orders to the crew like a master sergeant as they gather up a discarded, plastic, above-ground pool. It didn’t take this eager crew long to finish the job.

Gateway II Trail Work Underway

Considerable work has already been done to convert the previously illegal “MX” trail (also known by some as Lower Bear Springs) to a legal part of Gateway II. Some problems have been fixed, the flow has been greatly improved, and several features added. Also, a reroute is being done to avoid the dangerous drop onto Old McCloud Rd. The second photo shows bikers riding the trail while work is ongoing.