On Saturday, June 1, from 8 am to noon, we’ll be having a spruce up of the Spring Hill trailhead and parking lot areas. We’ll have tools, but if you want to bring something, a weed whacker or rake would work, along with gloves and water. It will be light work. Show up anytime.

I realize that this conflicts with the BikeShasta work day on the Sisson Callahan Trail, but it was the only day the Boy Scouts could do this, and I promised to schedule with them months ago. So, if weed whacking isn’t your thing, remember to show up for the BikeShasta work event.

Here is a photo of the weeds at Spring Hill on Tuesday, 5/21. They will be about a foot taller on the 1st, I bet.


Another Chainsaw Class

For those of you who missed the recent chainsaw certification class, and who are irrational enough to donate 3 days of your time, there’s a second chance. Josh McNulty of the USFS is conducting a class for firefighters on May 28, 29, and 30 from 9:30-3:30 and has graciously offered to include trail volunteers who wish to become more proficient with their saws. You do need to also obtain CPR training to get the certificate.

I can say that those of us who participated 10 days ago learned what we should have known about chainsaws years ago. It was fantastic, and free!

I should add that I will be offering a mini course at my house (soon) to try to impart what I learned, but I must admit that I am an unworthy neophyte who can only parrot the basics to others. Josh, Josiah, and Mark are the real experts, and they make it fun.

If you want to attend, call Josh at 925-1047, or email him at Joshua.mcnulty@usda.gov



Chainsaw Certification Class for Trail Volunteers Completed

Learning to chainsaw safely

On Thursday and Friday of this week, the Forest Service sponsored a free chainsaw certification class for trail volunteers. We learned an amazing number of important things (many of which we should have known before using chainsaws for years). Many thanks to Carolyn Napper and Becky Cooper for the administrative decision, and to Josh, Josiah, Mark, and Jennifer for helping with the dirty details and hands-on training.

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!

Hike to Castle Crags — Sunday May 19, 2019

Castle Crags

The Siskiyou Science Festival and the Mount Shasta Trail Association invite the public on a strenuous and sometimes steep, 5.5 mile round-trip hike to the sky scraping granite spires called Castle Crags on Sunday, May 19th.

The elevation gain is 2,200 feet. Participants will first walk through the forest to Indian Springs and then hike out in the open, amid the granite slabs and pinnacles where the postcard views of Mt Shasta and the Crags become more and more spectacular.

Castle Crags are actually part of the Klamath Mountains, not the Cascade Range, and are much older. They were formed by granite magma slowly cooling underground  ( as a “pluton”) and subsequently becoming exposed at the surface through uplifting and erosion.

This is the same way that the granites of Yosemite formed. In fact, the Klamath Mountains  broke off from the Sierra Nevada about 60 million years ago. Mt Shasta, in contrast, was formed by relatively recent surface eruptions (within the last several million years) and its rock is andesite (a type of basalt).

Meeting place is 111 Morgan Way in front of The Best Western Tree House in Mt Shasta at 9:00 am. We will carpool  to Castle Crags State Park. Bring lunch, water, and sun protection and expect to return about 4:30 pm. For further questions call Joan Roemer 530-926-0647.

Clean and Safe Mt. Shasta cleanup in South Weed

On Monday morning at 9 am, there will be a cleanup at the South Weed I-5 exit (Vista Dr.). See the email below.

Hello Clean and Safe Mount Shasta friends, we have been invited to come do a cleanup in Weed by our neighbor and friend Jessica Zern.  Scheduled for this coming Monday, May 6th at 9am, let’s go give Jessica and our neighbor city a hand and help cleanup the Weed Truck Stop area near the taco truck parked near the Grocery Outlet.  I’ll bring bags and pickers, and you bring a hat, water, and work gloves.  I hope to see you Monday!  Thanks, Glenn Harvey 530-925-9287 or glennharvey54@gmail.com.

Hope you can come and help for an hour or two.

Earth Day Work Event at Castle Crags State Park

Hello Mt. Shasta Trail Friends,


Here are a few additional details about the work day this Saturday, April 20th:


  1. Breakfast begins at 8:30am at the main Castle Crags State Park entrance station kiosk, where it has been several times in the past.
  2. Volunteers fill out a sandwich order for lunch; Christie and Nick Corzine will drive the sandwich order back to Mt. Shasta Supermarket.
  3. Ranger Todd Barto will give a safety orientation just before 9am.
  4. We will hand out the attached maps, we have to drive to the work site.  Parking is very limited, please help car pool to the site if possible.  Parking is on Riverside, a narrow one-lane road.
  5. John Harch will bring the tools.  Todd Barto needs to bring a backpack leaf blower for the Boy Scouts to practice with (Mark and Glenn will also have leaf blowers).
  6. Christie and Nick will return with sandwiches.  Sparkling flavored water is provided by Crystal Geyser.
  7. There is no piped water to Lippincott e-camp.  There is a pit toilet.
  8. Volunteers should clothing appropriate for the weather, which may include some showers in the morning.  Wear boots, a hat, sunglasses, gloves, and long pants and a long sleeved shirt to protect against poison oak.


Work Plan:   Volunteers are welcome to join Mark and me at Lippincott e-camp on Thursday and Friday to prepare for the work day on Saturday.  We will thin trees and cut brush, and leave it to be dragged into piles and burned by the Boy Scouts and volunteers on Saturday.  There is poison oak in the area.  This is moderate to heavy work this year, there are not a lot of light duty jobs.


Help Needed:  Please welcome our neighbors and friends, thank them for coming, and PLEASE TAKE PICTURES!  We will start with a group picture at breakfast.




Glenn Harvey



Making Paul Schwartz do all the hard work while we take photos.

Last Saturday, all the downed trees we could find were removed from the Gateway Trail in preparation for great weather and all the hikers and bikers who’ve been cooped up inside for weeks.

Save the Date — April 27th — Gateway Work Event

Our partners at BikeShasta are hosting a work day on the Gateway Trail system on Saturday April 27th.  Meeting place and time are Shastice Park at 9:00 AM.  Please come in appropriate work clothing with sturdy gloves; and bring water, snacks and sun protection.  Hand tools will be made available and work assignments and groups will be made.  Lunch is being sponsored by The Fifth Season at 1:00 PM at Shastice Park, while a group ride will happen at 2:00 PM.

It Takes A Village