Just in case you were wondering what is happening, or not happening, with the Trail Association’s efforts to provide safe and legal access to these internationally renown falls, SFGate just published an article on the trials and tribulations of that effort. Check it out here:
Drum roll please . . . Congratulations to the Trail Challenge 2022 Treasure Hunt Grand Prize winner….Donna Larson!!
Trail Challenge Treasures Revealed
Treasure #1 The Madrone Tree on the Foundation Trail
Treasure #2 The car bodies on the Box Canyon Trail
Treasure #3 The small wooden bridge on the Lake Siskiyou Trail
Treasure #4 The old mining Flume on Flume Creek Trail
Treasure #5 The large anthracite rock on the Gateway Trail
Treasure #6 The heather at Panther Meadow Trail
Treasure #7 Upper Gumboot Lake Gumboot Trail
Treasure #8 The rock causeway on the Sisson Callahan Trail
Thanks to all that played and thanks for supporting the MSTA
Here’s an opportunity to give back to the land we love. On Saturday September 24th, the Forest Service is hosting a work event on the McCloud River loop. The 24th is National Public Lands Day, and the work will focus on sign installation and trail brushing. For more information, see the poster below.
To begin your search for the fourth trail treasure, you will start your search in a park named after a building in a fairy tale. Find the trail that is named for an artificial channel conveying water. Continue along the trail looking a historical artifact. The structure that was used to help mine gold is the trail treasure. A map to help you is below.
Here are the rules of the hunt. Each time you locate a treasure, send us a photo or description of the treasure along with your contact information to: email@example.com. Then, your name will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize. In addition, the first person to locate each new treasure will receive their choice of a prize, and their name will be placed into the grand prize drawing. For example, if you find 5 treasures your name will be added five times to the grand prize drawing.
To begin your search for the third trail treasure, you will need to find the trail that circumnavigates a manmade body of water. When you reach the river delta walk the plank over untroubled waters. You are standing on the treasure. Here’s a map to help you:
Also, if you haven’t completed Treasure Hunts #1 and/or #2, you have up until the entire Trail Challenge is over to find and turn in those treasures.
For those of you who shop online at the Amazon website, here’s a way to make a portion of your purchase a donation to the Mount Shasta Trail Association. What a deal!
Instead of logging on to the regular Amazon website, log on to the smile.amazon.com site and register the Mount Shasta Trail Association as your chosen charity and bookmark the Smile page. Then as you shop, 0.5% of your purchases — at no extra cost to you — will go towards trails in the Mount Shasta area. Every little bit helps!
The Mount Shasta Trail Association is going to host another Trail Challenge. The 2022 Challenge will be a Treasure Hunt that will run for 16 weeks beginning in May. A new treasure location and clue will be posted every 2 weeks. There will be 8 treasures to locate . Each time you locate a treasure and post a picture or a description of the treasure to our website, your name will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.
In addition, the first person to locate each new treasure will receive their choice of a prize, and their name will be placed into the grand prize drawing. For example, if you find 5 treasures your name will added five times to the grand prize drawing.
Stay tuned for more information!
Below is the poster for another Forest Service sponsored field trip to the South Fork Sacramento River area. One aspect of this project is the proposal for additional non-motorized trails. If interested, note that you must sign up by the end of Thursday July 22nd.
The Shasta-McCloud Management Unit is hosting a field trip to facilitate understanding of the proposed South Fork Sacramento Public Safety and Restoration Project on Saturday June 19th. One aspect of this project is the proposal for additional non-motorized trails. If interested, note that you must sign up by the end of Thursday June 17th. See the poster below for more details.
Last year was a very strong year for the Mount Shasta Trail Association, with a gain over the year in our unrestricted funds balance, even with many substantial projects undertaken. Restricted funds delegated to specific projects also increased. Significant advances were made on the Gateway Trail Reroute, the extension of the Gateway Trail, the Mossbrae Falls Trail, and the reroute of the Heart Lake Trail. Contributions from individuals and businesses totaled more than $63,000, and grants and dedicated funds yielded another $215,000. Out of pocket we spent on programs $231,000, and only $21,000 on administration.
For next year our project expenses will increase substantially as we ramp up the expansion of the Gateway Trail network. Mossbrae Falls alone may require more than all of last year’s program expenses. Grant awards we have received will allow us to accomplish so much! Our special thanks to the McConnell Foundation, the Friesen Foundation, the Kyle Neath Charitable Fund, the Nancy Driscoll Foundation, the National Forest Foundation, not to mention the State of California, Natural Resources Prop 68 Grant for $1,115,000 for Gateway.
Of course, with your ongoing support the sky’s the limit, or least 14,692’, or 14,179’, or 4,321.8m, or 4317m. Well, you get the idea—we’re going places. Come along!