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Klamath Trails Alliance


May 2016

Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, May 13th
Time:  Noon - 1:30 pm
Place:  205 Riverside Dr. (So. Portal Bldg) 

The purpose of our meeting is to hold an open forum to discuss ways to further our mission of promoting great trails in Klamath County.  Please join us for all or part of our upcoming meeting. 
Maintenance Day

Date:   Saturday, May 14th
Time:   7:45 am - 12:00 pm
Place:  Moore Park tool shed, Corner of Ponderosa Drive and Arrowhead Road in the Lynwood neighborhood.
Check out the event page on
KTA volunteers worked to clear the Brown Mountain Trail as part of a trail adoption agreement with the U.S. Forest Service.   

Trail News & Information


Spence Mountain Trail Project

Thanks to the generous donors, great community support and a recent grant from Klamath County Tourism's grant program, Spence Mountain trail construction continues on an upward trajectory.
If you haven't been to Spence recently you'll be happy to hear the entire Spence Mountain loop is now open!  
Paul (otherwise know as Kiwi), Derrick and Skye from team Dirt Mechanics christened the new route at the end of April with a few KTA members on a group ride.   The entire loop is 9.5 miles, not including the Spence Peak trail, and circles around Spence Mountain then back to the trailhead.  
Let the fun begin!
The Klamath Mammoth Gravel Grinder bike ride

Come join fellow cyclists at the Mammoth Gravel Grinder bike ride.
The gravel cycling experience is all about riding the less traveled path, enjoying the scenery and having fun. 
This is the KTA's first event for 2016 and we intend it to be fun and challenging as we ride the Klamath Ridgeview trail and then off to some gravel that may be new to even experienced riders. Come enjoy some of the back roads of Klamath County.  

There are two courses: Short Loop 40 miles and Long Loop 60 miles. The ride
will be a mix of dirt, gravel and asphalt.
This event will be free to all, but we would appreciate membership to 
Klamath Trails Alliance or Lost Cascades Bicycle Club.
A cyclocross bike, gravel grinder bike, or adventure bike is optimal for the course, and a mountain bike would also work well. The course will have sections unsuitable for road bikes, so we don’t recommend them.
This is an unsupported ride, meaning you need to bring supplies to change a flat, food, water, clothing and anything else to keep your bike and yourself running for the event.
Gathering Grounds Cafe will be sponsoring the start of this event (the ride kicks off at 8:30 a.m.) with a pancake feed for all riders and Rodeos Pizza & Saladeria will be hosting the finish line.
About the ride


Saturday, May 21
Starts: 8:30 a.m.        
The ride: 

Short Loop: 40 miles
Long loop: 60 miles 

Mix of dirt, gravel & asphalt
But please consider joining
Klamath Trails Alliance or Lost Cascades Bicycle Club.
Want to know more? 
Click here for details. 

For those of you who may not find this kind of adventure in your wheelhouse, you can still join us at the finish line (Rodeo's pizza on Main Street) between noon and
3 p.m. to cheer on those who took on the Mammoth!  

We hope to see you at the Gathering Grounds Cafe on Saturday May 21st.  
KTA volunteers work on the Brown Mountain Trail, cutting through and removing logs and getting rid of giant rocks from the roots of the winter's overturned trees. 
Other News

Trail Maintenance Builds a Strong Community

Spring finally feels like it’s here. The snow and rains have (mostly) gone and days are warmer. People are coming out for trail maintenance work crews.
As of the end of the day on May 8, 35 work crews have been posted to the KTA Trail Work Log, ranging from crews of one to ten. Some folks even go during their lunch hour doing brush work. This year, we are working in Moore Park, Spence Mountain and a new area, the Brown Mountain Trail.
A crew of four (Grant Weidenbach, Jerry Enman, Drew Honzel and Dennis Taugher) recently went to the Brown Mountain Trail for the first time this year. KTA has adopted it for maintenance in cooperation with the National Forest Service. This trail is 15 miles, has a trailhead near Lake of the Woods and ends below Fish Lake. The weathered trail signs show it has been there a long time.
Most of the work is clearing logs from the trail. A certified sawyer runs the chainsaw and the swampers (helpers) clear the limbs and needles and help roll the cut pieces off the trail. On May 8 the crew cleared roughly 15 trees from the trail.
Tools used, in addition to the chainsaw, are McLeods (heavy duty rake/hoe used by fire crews) and loppers and hand saws for small trees and limbs.
The weather was warm and the area we worked in had almost no snow.
Want to lend a hand? Come on out and help us.
Sometimes as many as four crews a week are going out, led by an experienced crew leader. We post work days at (look under Lost Cascades Bike Club) and on the KTA Facebook page. Contact us at if you have any questions. You will get plenty fresh air, an excellent workout and you get to meet some new friends. What could be better?
See you on the trails.
How to Become Invovled with the KTA

Visit KTA's website or our Facebook page for more information on projects and events. Consider joining or renewing your membershship today!  Individual memberships start at only $20 per year.  These funds support trail maintenance, promotion, new trail development and the resources needed to keep us up and running as a non-profit organization!  Email to join the mailing list for updates.
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