Watershed Science Talks in Yreka, March 27th

Four women watershed specialists focus on watershed successes in Siskiyou County

The public is invited to an educational panel presentation about local watershed successes with 4 women in watershed science working in Siskiyou County. Water Talks: Putting Watershed Pieces Together will be held Tuesday March 27th 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Yreka Community Center located at 810 North Oregon Street in Yreka. The informational Water Talks are free and open to the public.

The first Water Talks to be held in Yreka is on the topic “Putting Watershed Pieces Together in Siskiyou County” and will feature presentations from Dr. Sari Sommarstrom, Watershed Consultant, on “Successes in Watershed and Water Management”, Megan Wargo, Conservation Director of the Pacific Forest Trust on “Working Forest Conservation Easements,” environmental engineer Lisa Unkefer of AquaTerra Consulting on “Tailwater Management and Springs Monitoring,” and Dr. Jennifer Silveira, USFWS habitat restoration biologist on “Floodplain Restoration in the Yreka Creek Watershed.”

“The purpose of our Water Talks program is to provide a place for people to learn about water-related topics,” explained Curtis Knight, Conservation Director for California Trout. “Water Talks provide information and education from a diverse range of perspectives so attendees can form their own opinions,” he said.

“Water talks provides a great opportunity for fair, balanced and honest discussion about a topic that is critically important to all of us, and one where people of all persuasions and opinions can participate,” said Dave Webb of Shasta Valley RCD and a past presenter at Water Talks.

“We started the Water Talks program in 2008 with presentations held in Weed, Mount Shasta, Dunsmuir and McCloud on Mount Shasta’s unique geology, hydrology and ecology. In 2011 we held a successful series of Water Talks in Mount Shasta on the topics of “Climate, Water and Forests,” “California Water Law and Policy,” “Local Fish and Fishing,” “Land Management and Restoration,” and “Agriculture in Siskiyou County.” To date, 31 presenters representing federal and state agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, community groups, Tribes, local government, academic institutions, farmers, ranchers, and private business have volunteered their time to participate in Water Talks. We look forward to expanding the program regionally with our first Water Talks in Yreka,” said Water Talks program coordinator Meadow Barr.

Water Talks are an ongoing series of informational and educational presentations with local and regional experts sharing their knowledge with the public on a range of water related topics. The purpose of Water Talks is to provide a place to learn about water related topics. Water Talks is a project of California Trout. California Trout is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California’s wild trout, steelhead, salmon and their waters throughout California. For more information contact Meadow Barr, California Trout Outreach Coordinator at 530-859-1411 or mbarr@caltrout.org.

Siskiyou County Watershed Water Talks

Siskiyou Wanderers March 2012 Hiking Schedule

Here’s the March 2012 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission):

Mar 1: Louie Rd: Yes, another road hike in Shasta Valley. We’ll stroll through rustic ranch land while gazing up at the mountain. Afterward we’ll head over to the Hart’s cozy cabin for a potluck. Theme tba. AD: 6-7 miles THE: 2600′ AEG: 400 PMP: Louie Rd exit off I-5 T: 9:00am

Mar 8: Snow Day: If snow conditions are good, let’s go over to Scott Mountain and see if we can follow the PCT out to that fantastic over-look. Check your email for possible schedule or meeting place change on this day. AD: 5-7 miles THE: 5400′ AEG: 800′ PMP: Gazelle Grange T: 9:00 am.

Mar 15: Hayden Ridge: A pleasant & scenic hike up a public road that goes through a private hunting preserve/ranch located between Callahan & Gazellle. Lush valley views from the ridge, although they may be snow covered this time of year. AD: 7-8 miles THE: 3510′ AEG: 1830′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Mar 22: Klamath River/Ash Creek: A fairly level road hike along the Klamath River starting at the Ash Creek Bridge. AD: 8-9 miles THE: 2800′ AEG: 780′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Mar 29: Masterson Rd: A good ole’ road hike stand-by through slightly hilly ranch lands near Callahan. If snow conditions are favorable we could swap this out for a snow day! AD: 6-7 miles THE: 3300′ AEG: 800′ PMP: Gazelle Grange T: 9:00 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead

For More Details…

Visit the Siskiyou Wanderers website here.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

 

 

Siskiyou Wanderers February 2012 Hiking Schedule

Here’s the February 2012 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission):

Feb 2: Kidder Creek Rd: We park near the Abbey, then head up this quiet road that follows Kidder Creek. It can be a little snowy there, so wear warm shoes. Just pack a snack, we’ll have lunch and a beer at Cold Stream Tavern. Yum!! AD: 6-8 miles THE: 3130′ AEG: 720′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Feb 9: Hay Stack: A short hike up a familiar butte with open views of the Shasta Valley – A great way to break those winter blues!! AD: 6 miles THE: 3450′ AEG: 800′ PMP: A-12/Hwy 97 T: 9:00 am.

Feb 16: Snow Day: We’ll ski and snowshoe wherever we didn’t last month. AD: 3-5 miles THE: 5000-6000′ AEG: 500-1000′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am.

Feb 23: Ball Mnt/Little Shasta Rd: We’ll hike the road up the Little Shasta River, past the historic Tailholt town marker. We’ve seen both elk and antelope in this area in the past. Bring your binoculars. AD: 6-7 miles THE: 3000 AEG: 500′ PMP: Montague Statue T: 9:00a

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead

For More Details…

Visit the Siskiyou Wanderers website here.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Siskiyou Wanderers January 2012 Hiking Schedule

Here’s the January 2012 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission):

Jan 5: Shasta Wildlife Refuge: A favorite hike for many. If we stay on the roads near the lakes we should see many of the migratory birds that pass through our area. Let’s have lunch at the Dutchman afterward to celebrate the New Year. AD: 8 +/- miles THE: 2500′ AEG: minimal PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Jan 12: West Scar Face Rd: This year we’ll park where Hamlin Gulch Rd intersects Scar face and see if we can hike the gravel road to the summit to peer over onto East Scar Face Rd. AD: 8 – 10 miles THE: 2800′ AEG: 500′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Jan19: Snow Day: We’ll ski and snowshoe wherever we think the conditions are best; Bunny Flat, Sand Flat, Castle Lake?? AD: 3-5 miles THE: 5000-6000′ AEG: 500-100′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 9:00 am

Jan 26: Colestin Rd: A pleasant rolling-road hike north-west of Hilt in the beautiful Cottonwood Creek Drainage, crossing over into Oregon. AD: 5-10 miles. THE: 2500′ AEG:minimal PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 a

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.

For More Details…

Visit the Siskiyou Wanderers website here.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

 

Siskiyou Wanderers December 2011 Hike Schedule

Here’s the December, 2011 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission):

Dec 1: Grass Lake: Come walk off your Thanksgiving gobble-gobble with your fellow Wanderer’s. We saw a herd of elk the last time we were here. It can be muddy in areas.
AD: 6-7 miles THE: 5080′ AEG: 350′ PMP: A12/Hwy97 T: 9:00 am.

Dec 8: Deadwood/French Creek: We’ve not done this hike since 2000. There wasn’t any description other than it’s a loop hike. Deadwood was once a thriving community the size of Yreka, although there is nothing there now. Al knows the way – and the history!
AD: xx miles THE: 1010′ AEG: xx00′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Dec 15: Ney Falls: An easy hike to some pretty falls near Lake Siskiyou. Additional mileage can be achieved by continuing on up the logging roads or maybe someone will invite us over for an early Christmas feast (HINT – HINT)
AD: 3-6 miles THE: 3100′ AEG: 500′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T:9:00 am.

Dec 22: Girard Ridge: A hike known for it’s wide variety of fungi up the PCT from Soda Creek. If conditions don’t look favorable for this northside hike, then we can go eastward and hike the McCloud River. Either way we’ll meet at the Fish Hatchery.
AD: 8+ miles THE:2100′ AEG: 2000′ PMP: Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery T:9:00 am.

Dec 29: Quartz Hill/Oro Fino: An enjoyable road hike to Quartz Hill Lookout to see the New Year in.
AD: 4-5 miles THE: 2950′ AEG: 1300 PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00am

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Siskiyou Wanderers November 2011 Hike Schedule

Here’s the November, 2011 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission):

Nov 3: Black Mountain: Al will lead us up this prominent mountain just south of the Klamath River. An excellent opportunity to work off Halloween candy calories! There will be some cross-county on our climb to the top. More fall colors???
AD: 4-5 miles THE: 3080′ AEG: 2000′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Nov 10: Scott Valley Bike Ride: Eastside Rd is an enjoyable ride – as long as there is no freezing fog like 2009! There are a couple of different ride options depending on the group and bikes. Those with out bikes can hike up one of the ‘gulch’ roads off Eastside or Kidder Creek Rd – many options! Afterward, let’s have lunch at the newly opened Cold Stream Tavern.
AD: 15-30 miles THE: 2750′ AEG: 400′ PMP: Ray’s Mkt, Ft Jones T: 9:00 am.

Nov 17: Butcher Hill: We’ll hike up through the old cemetery to the top of Butcher Hill for an overlook of Yreka. There is also the historical Chinese Cemetery across the street. Afterward we’ll gather at Richard & Sue’s house for a dessert social. Bring your favorite dessert to share.
AD: 5-6 miles THE: 2640′ AEG: 500′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Nov 24: Happy Thanksgiving!!

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Siskiyou Wanderers October 2011 Hike Schedule

Here’s the October, 2011 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission):

Oct 6: Wright Lakes/Big Meadow: We’ve not done this hike since 2004. This hike was a favorite of Kurt Doehlert, one of the founding Wanderer’s. Also, Al is going to shows us a very unique rock formation called a horst.
AD: 5 miles THE: 5900′ AEG: 1850′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am.

Oct 13: Martin’s Dairy: We’ll be on the look out for fall colors as we walk this beautiful high meadow. After the hike come to Greg & Leslie’s for a potluck. Help us celebrate the completion of the rock pillar/cedar fencing that outlines our new backyard.
AD: 6 miles THE: 6000′ AEG: 500′ PMP: A-12/Hwy 97 T: 9:00 am.

Oct 20: Kelsey Creek/Maple Falls: Another chance to capture fall colors as we hike along Kelsey Creek to Maple Falls. Hiking sticks advised to help negotiate the trail if covered by leaves.
AD: 8 miles THE: 2500′ AEG: 1900′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am

Oct 27: North Fork of the Salmon River: I’ve read that this is a beautiful hike, usually done in spring, but cut short due to stream crossings. Water flow should be low this time of year, but wear your water proof shoes just in case. If it’s not too late we’ll stop in at the Etna Brewery for a cold one afterward!
AD: 6-7 miles. THE: 2900′ AEG: 400′ PMP: Yreka Mall T: 9:00 am

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Siskiyou Wanderers September 2011 Hike Schedule

Here’s the September, 2011 schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission):

Sept 1: Porcupine Lake & Toad Lake: We’ll hike the PCT from near Gumboot Lake to either Porcupine or Toad Lake or both along the great Trinity Divide with vistas all around.
AD: 10-13 miles THE: 6600′ AEG: 1200/1720′ PMP: Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am.

Sept 8: Big Blue Lake: Richard & Ted discussed the possibility of an alternate route that would drop us into the lake from the notch. Or we can go via Hogan Lake. Either way be prepared for some cross country travel.
AD: 9 miles THE: 5900′ AEG: 1800′ PMP: Bob’s Ranch House, Etna T: 8:30 am.

Sept 15: Trail Gulch Hike & Backpack Camp-out: Another chance to camp-out under the stars!! A 2.5 mile pack in from Carter Meadows to this subalpine lake. Throw down your pack and continue on to explore the North Fork of Coffee Creek for the days hike. Campers have the option to fish, swim or hike to Long Gulch the following day. Please coordinate with Ted Albert for the backpacking. tedalbert@sbcglobal.net.
AD: 9-11 miles THE: 5500′ AEG: 2500′ PMP: Callahan T: 8:30 am.

Sept 15: Waldo Lake Camp-out: Load up the RV and canoe for the Wanderers annual camping trip to this Gem of the Cascades. Know as one of the purest lakes in the world, one of the largest natural lakes in Oregon and Igor & Suzanne’s favorite. We’ll meet at A-12/Hwy 97 to convoy up via 97 to Hwy 58 to NF5897. I think we’ll stop along the way for lunch.
AD: 180 mile drive est 5 hours PMP: A-12/Hwy 97 T: 8:30

Sept 22: Hidden Valley: One of Suzanne’s favorite places on the mountain, nestled between Shastina & Mt Shasta, above Horse Camp . . .dramatic setting, great views. Rough trail above Horse Camp. No Dogs in Mt Shasta Wilderness area.
AD: 8+ miles THE: 6900′ AEG: 2300′ PMP: Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am.

Sept 29: Russian & Waterdog Lakes: Ted was the only Wanderer to make it to these fine lakes last year as the rest of us lost the trail. We’ll keep a tether on Ted this year to make sure we all find the way.
AD: 11iles THE: 4600′ AEG: 2500 PMP: Bob’s Ranch House, Etna T: 8:30am.

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Siskiyou Wanderers August 2011 Hike Schedule

Here’s the August, 2011 hiking schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission):

Aug 4: East Boulder Lake Hike & Backpack Camp-out: It’s a short hike (2.5 mi w/ elevation gain) into East Boulder where you have the choice to hang out and relax, fish, set up camp or hike another 2.5 miles (one way) to either Mill Creek Lake or Marshey Lake for the days hike. Campers will stay a night or two. Please coordinate w/ Leslie for the backpacking.
AD: 5+miles THE: 5750′ AEG: 2100′ PMP: Callahan T: 8:30 am.

Aug 11: Deadfall Lakes & Mt Eddy: The switchbacks to the summit have a surprising amount of flowers. The view from the top is spectacular! Bring your swimsuit (or not) for a dip in one of the lakes on the way back.
AD: 10 miles THE: 6200′ AEG: 2800′ PMP: Edgewood Junction T: 8:30 am.

Aug 18: Paynes Lake & Alberts Lake: Hike south along PCT from Etna Summit to these two fine lakes. There is some cross county to Albert Lake.
AD: 10 miles THE: 5900′ AEG: 1500′ PMP: Etna, Bob’s Ranch House T: 8:30 am.

Aug 25: Castle Lake & Heart Lake: Enjoy the trek to a peak above Castle & Heart Lakes to a wonderful overlook of Castle Crags. Those wishing to hike a little more can include Little Castle Lake as well.
AD: 6+ miles THE: 5900′ AEG: 1500′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am.

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

Aug 4: East Boulder Lake Hike & Backpack Camp-out: It’s a short hike (2.5 mi w/ elevation gain) into East Boulder where you have the choice to hang out and relax, fish, set up camp or hike another 2.5 miles (one way) to either Mill Creek Lake or Marshey Lake for the days hike. Campers will stay a night or two. Please coordinate w/ Leslie for the backpacking.
AD: 5+miles THE: 5750′ AEG: 2100′ PMP: Callahan T: 8:30 am. 

Aug 11: Deadfall Lakes & Mt Eddy: The switchbacks to the summit have a surprising amount of flowers. The view from the top is spectacular! Bring your swimsuit (or not) for a dip in one of the lakes on the way back.
AD: 10 miles THE: 6200′ AEG: 2800′ PMP: Edgewood Junction T: 8:30 am.

Aug 18: Paynes Lake & Alberts Lake: Hike south along PCT from Etna Summit to these two fine lakes. There is some cross county to Albert Lake.
AD: 10 miles THE: 5900′ AEG: 1500′ PMP: Etna, Bob’s Ranch House T: 8:30 am.

Aug 25: Castle Lake & Heart Lake: Enjoy the trek to a peak above Castle & Heart Lakes to a wonderful overlook of Castle Crags. Those wishing to hike a little more can include Little Castle Lake as well.
AD: 6+ miles THE: 5900′ AEG: 1500′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am.

 

 

 

Siskiyou Wanderers July 2011 Hike Schedule

Here’s the July, 2011 hiking schedule for the Siskiyou Wanderers (reprinted with permission):

July 7: Fawn Creek Meadows: Above Forest Rd 26 to Gumboot Lake is this lovely meadow well known for its flowers. After the hike we will have a potluck at Connie Marments home, equally known for it’s lovely flowers. Bring a dish to share.
AD: 6-7miles THE: 5650′ AEG: 800′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am.

July 14: Kangaroo Lake & Bull Lake: This is a beautiful hike along the PCT with spectacular views looking south into the Trinities and Eddies.
AD: 7 miles THE: 6500′ AEG: 800′ PMP: Gazelle Grange T: 8:30 am.

July 21: Box Camp: The USDA/FS print out lists this as “moderately difficult” and scenic. Ted says it’s fabulous. So come prepared and come early. We need to meet at 8am to get an earlier start.
AD: 10+ miles THE: 4740′ AEG: 2020′ PMP: Rays Market, Ft Jones T: 8:00 am.

July 28: Whitney Falls: Randy will lead us to the falls of Whitney Creek on the north side of Mt Shasta. It doesn’t look like we’ve done this hike since 2003.
AD: 5 miles. THE: 5400′ AEG: 1200′ PMP: A-12 & Hwy 97 T: 8:30 am

Legend to the Schedule:

AD: Approximate round trip distance.
THE: Trailhead elevation.
AEG: Approximate elevation gain.
PMP: Principal meeting place.
T: Meeting time at PMP.
DDT: Drive Distance to Trailhead.

And There’s Also the Siskiyou Meanderers

These folks hike most Fridays. For more information contact Benita and Neal Clark at 926-2424.

July 7: Fawn Creek Meadows: Above Forest Rd 26 to Gumboot Lake is this lovely meadow well known for its flowers. After the hike we will have a potluck at Connie Marments home, equally known for it’s lovely flowers. Bring a dish to share.
AD: 6-7miles THE: 5650′ AEG: 800′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am. 

July 14: Kangaroo Lake & Bull Lake: This is a beautiful hike along the PCT with spectacular views looking south into the Trinities and Eddies.
AD: 7 miles THE: 6500′ AEG: 800′ PMP: Gazelle Grange T: 8:30 am.

July 21: Box Camp: The USDA/FS print out lists this as “moderately difficult” and scenic. Ted says it’s fabulous. So come prepared and come early. We need to meet at 8am to get an earlier start.
AD: 10+ miles THE: 4740′ AEG: 2020′ PMP: Rays Market, Ft Jones T: 8:00 am.

July 28: Whitney Falls: Randy will lead us to the falls of Whitney Creek on the north side of Mt Shasta. It doesn’t look like we’ve done this hike since 2003.
AD: 5 miles. THE: 5400′ AEG: 1200′ PMP: A-12 & Hwy 97 T: 8:30 am

 

 

 

 

July 7: Fawn Creek Meadows: Above Forest Rd 26 to Gumboot Lake is this lovely meadow well known for its flowers. After the hike we will have a potluck at Connie Marments home, equally known for it’s lovely flowers. Bring a dish to share. 

AD: 6-7miles THE: 5650′ AEG: 800′ PMP: Mt Shasta Fish Hatchery T: 8:30 am.

 

July 14: Kangaroo Lake & Bull Lake: This is a beautiful hike along the PCT with spectacular views looking south into the Trinities and Eddies.

AD: 7 miles THE: 6500′ AEG: 800′ PMP: Gazelle Grange T: 8:30 am.

 

July 21: Box Camp: The USDA/FS print out lists this as “moderately difficult” and scenic. Ted says it’s fabulous. So come prepared and come early. We need to meet at 8am to get an earlier start.

AD: 10+ miles THE: 4740′ AEG: 2020′ PMP: Rays Market, Ft Jones T: 8:00 am.

 

July 28: Whitney Falls: Randy will lead us to the falls of Whitney Creek on the north side of Mt Shasta. It doesn’t look like we’ve done this hike since 2003.

AD: 5 miles. THE: 5400′ AEG: 1200′ PMP: A-12 & Hwy 97 T: 8:30 am