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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

November 2018



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, November 9th
Time:   Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Place:  205 Riverside Dr. (South 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

Check out the new KTA Meetup group for upcoming maintenance days by clicking here.
Member Highlight

Amber Singh is an avid trail runner.  She moved to Klamath Falls from Salt Lake City 20 years ago.  She enjoys living in Klamath Falls, in part, because of the outdoor opportunities and because something different can be experienced by travelling an hour in any direction.  Amber teaches preschool and after-school program at the YMCA.  She loves her job and feels that she is making a difference in the lives of young children.  Amber has an 11 year old daughter, Nisha, who is a devoted gymnast.  

Amber started running trails 8 years ago due to frustrations that are unique to road running, including sharing space with motor vehicles.  She fell in love with trail running.  For Amber, part of the draw to our trails include the variety of types of trails, technical component, significant climbing and magnificent views that are available.  She utilizes the Moore Mountain Trail System the most because of its convenient location. 

Amber, and her partner, Jeremy Morris, support trails and trail users by being active members in the KTA, as well as board members of the Linkville Lopers running group.  They are integrally involved with the Spence Mountain Run and the Moore Mountain Trail Festival.  The Lopers website lists weekly group runs that are available.

Amber and Jeremy recently summited Mt McLoughlin. They were able to run the first 3.5miles and "power hike" the remaining 1.5miles.  Amber also races endurance races and recently completed the Headwaters 30K race.  She has the Two Peaks 50K trail race coming up on November 10th.  Good Luck, Amber!  


Trail News & Information

Come join the KTA at our Annual Meeting
 
The year seems to have flown by. It’s almost time for our Annual Meeting which will be held again at Gaucho’s (corner Main & 11th) on Friday, November 30th. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
 
This event gives active outdoor folks a chance to meet and mingle with others who like to bike, hike and run.  We’ll talk about the past year and what’s to come for Spence Mountain and Moore Park.  Come join us for all or part of our meeting and enjoy pizza, beer or soda.
 
Renewing Board Members
 
Our bylaws require us to ask members to approve the slate of renewing Board Members. Your board feels that the following have done a good job and represent your best interests. Bylaws allow current members to propose their own board members. You may do so by submitting the name and bio to info@klamathtrails.org
 
Here is our proposed slate for the coming two years:
 
Dennis Taugher - returning Board Member. Dennis is a founding member and has been serving as President since 2010. He has been active in a wide variety of duties over the years from helping plan events to trail maintenance. Dennis still enjoys long and challenging road bike rides. He has been a resident of Klamath Falls since 2007 and is pleased with the progress KTA has made in designing, building and maintaining trails.
 
Drew Honzel - returning Board Member since 2010. Drew is also one of the founding members having served as Board Secretary/Treasurer. He has been the driving force behind the development of the Spence Mountain Trail System, including writing numerous grants to help fund the construction. Spence has grown to a total of 28 miles. He has his finger on the pulse of KTA helping with a wide variety of tasks and projects. He enjoys trail running, mountain biking and skiing our beautiful trails.  
 
JoAnn Clifton - returning Board member since 2010 and also a founding member. JoAnn has served us well as the Secretary/Treasurer.  She enjoys meeting the public with our event booth and is our greeter at the Annual Meeting. She helps organize and run our board meeting. She was recently elected to the Board of the Running Y Homeowners.
 
Grant Weidenbach - Grant served as an Advisory Board member for 4 years until recently retiring from his Park Ranger/Outdoor Recreation Planner career with the Bureau of Land Management.  A passionate trail user all his life, he developed an interest in local volunteer trail related work while working on a BLM trail project.  Grant coordinates KTA trail maintenance work on the Brown Mountain trail system in partnership with the Fremont-Winema National Forest.  In addition to cycling and hiking the local trails, Grant is an avid (some might say afflicted) backcountry and nordic skier and whitewater kayaker.
 

Eulalona Trailhead Kiosk
 
KTA partnered with City Parks to install a new Kiosk at the Eulalona Trailhead in Moore Park.  Constructed of 12 x 12 pressure treated posts, the Kiosk is an exact replica of the Spence Mountain Kiosk constructed a few years back.  It should be around for several decades to come, thanks to the robust design by King Burgett!  A team effort by City Parks (John Bellon, Terry Sellars & Staff) and KTA volunteers Michael Schaaf, Don Johnson, Grant Weidenbach, Drew Honzel, Elwyn Jacobson and Wes Rogers, led to a successful project!







Spence Shoalwater Bay Celebration 

On October 13th, a group of trail enthusiasts met to celebrate the accomplishment of creating the Spence Mountain Trail System.  There was a group ride that started at 9 a.m. and toured many of the new trails on the north side of Spence that are accessible from the Shoalwater Bay Trailhead.  Several other spontaneous rides occurred during the day, including a shuttle of a group of young mountain bikers to the top of Shoalwater Trail, which the little shredders enjoyed riding down as a group.  The BBQ and rides were considered a success and were enjoyed by those who attended. (Spence Mountain Trails Map).







October Trail Work Log
 
October Hours: 153
YTD Hours: 840
 
Lake of the Woods Area - Log-out ski trails near Summit Sno-Park with USFS Lead

Moore Park Trails - Eulalona Kiosk construction; worked on the lower 2 switchbacks near the Express lane junction; cut back brush from 5 gal, enduro, tunnel of love, buzzard, and hayride.  Moore Trails Map

How to Become Involved 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 Info@klamathtrails.org to join the mailing list for updates.
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