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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

September 2017



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, Sept. 8th
Time:   Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Place:  205 Riverside Dr. (So. Portal Bldg) 

The purpose of our meeting is 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, Sept. 9
Time:  7:30 a.m.
Place:  Clear trail in the Sky Lakes Wilderness
Exact location will be decided based on fire closures. Please wear long pants and sleeves, gloves and work boots, and bring food and water for yourself.
Check out the event page on KTA Facebook.
Moore Park Trails Draft Plan - Public Meeting

Date:   Thursday, Sept. 14th
Time:   5:30 p.m.
Place:  500 Klamath Ave, City Annex Bldg.
             Conference Rm. (downstairs)

Chris Bernhardt, from Sentieros Consulting, will be presenting a draft plan of Moore Park’s trail system.  

Trail News & Information

 

Spence Mountain Update: Shoalwater Bay Trailhead is open for business!

A beautiful parklike setting sets the stage for KTA’s second  trailhead at Spence Mountain at Shoalwater Bay.  

The main Spence Mt trailhead is located 15 miles west of Klamath Falls on Hwy 140. To access the Shoalwater Bay trailhead continue west on Hwy 140 for 5 more miles then turn right on Eagle Ridge Rd and continue 2 more miles.   
 
The lower lot near the bay is designed with several small parking pods nestled between the trees.  The upper lot has two large parking areas bringing total parking capacity to 46 cars at Shoalwater Bay.
 
So why would you use the new trailhead?  The best reason is to explore our new Mazama Trail.  Mazama originates at the Shoalwater Bay Trailhead and offers great walking, hiking and biking.  It is a green (or easy) trail for the first four miles then turns to blue (or intermediate) before tying into Hooligan at the five-mile mark.  
 
The Shoalwater Bay Trailhead also is a great place to park if you want to ride North Ridge Trail. North Ridge is our first expert only trail that descends from the top of Spence Mountain and ends at Shoalwater Bay.
 
A big thank-you to John Johnson of Mountain Pacific Construction for an amazing job with trailhead construction.  John is one dedicated guy, working almost seven days a week to complete the job.  In addition to a job well done John also donated some gift-in-kind work to KTA.  Another thank-you goes to Rocky Mountain Construction who supplied gravel at a discounted rate.  
Volunteer Salute

Mike Chamberland is one of the few people that could be called irreplaceable. Mike, a KTA Board member, has left the Klamath Falls area for Bend. Mike and his family wanted a change of location and to be closer to Mike’s employer having spent most of their lives in Klamath.
 
Mike first started helping KTA by upgrading our website. To see how talented Mike is, check out the website (www.klamathtrails.org). It’s as complete and easy to use as he could make it. One example is the Trail Work Log. We wanted something easy for crew leaders to fill out. Maintenance hours are used to apply for trail grants. Mike put a large, easy-to-read running tally of crew work hours. It’s the first thing you see when clicking on the Trail Log link. The website also has board bios, information on joining KTA and an historical archive, all something we are proud of.

Mike has been involved in most of our projects: increasing our membership; helping on the Moore Park

Mike with Dennis Taugher,
KTA president


master plan; organizing KTA’s event booth at SkyLake's Health Fair; helping with Kingsley Fields’s Duathlon; and a key driver behind a new improved pocket trail map (ready this fall).

What Mike liked best about Klamath was easy trail access or being able to ride his mountain bike during his lunch hour. The first thing you saw coming into his office was his mountain bike!
 
Mike, we’re going to miss ya! You were a key member of our team. We’ll keep a spot open, should you decide to return.
Other News:
Moore Cowbell Cyclocross

This year the Moore Cowbell Cyclocross Races are happening on two days: September 10 and 17.
 


Registration starts 8:30 a.m. and closes 15 minutes before each race.

Entry fees: Adults $25, or $40 for the series; Juniors (under age 18): $5.
Course consists of mixed surfaces (grass, dirt, sand, asphalt) with natural barriers to keep it interesting.  This is an event that will challenge even the most serious racer, but is also perfect for those new to cyclocross.
 
KFCX Moore Cowbell Cyclocross is Klamath Falls' only cyclocross race in the beautiful Moore Park. Many racers consider this one of the most fun courses in Oregon. 

All of net proceeds are donated to Friends of Moore Park’s trail fund, earmarked for mountain bike trail development and maintenance.

To learn more click on the event website, Facebook page, or Zach's Bikes events page.
 
Moore Mountain Trail Festival

Despite exceptionally smoky conditions,  48 of the 71 runners who had registered for the Moore Mountain trail runs showed up and gave it their all on Sunday, Sept 3. Race organizers Amber Singh and Jeremy Morris were careful of runners' health, advising them "no one needs to be here today." A doctor was also on sight. 

A big thank-you to all the volunteers who helped at this big event, as they, too, braved the smoky conditions. 


This year the Moore Mountain Trail Festival included the Trails in Motion Film Festival on Saturday, followed by the races in Moore Park on Sunday. New this year: the 30K race in addition to the half marathon and 5K.

Here were the top male and female finishers from each event:

30K: Sergio Morales, of Klamath Falls; Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes, 11 seconds
Lizzie Kenney, of Bend, 3 hours, 14 minutes, 51 seconds
Half marathon: Kyle Carson, of Ashland, 1 hour, 41 minutes, 27 seconds
Kayla Culp, of Klamath Falls; Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes, 48 seconds

5K: Curt Gibson, of Prineville; Time: 21 minutes, 53 seconds;
Nicole O'Hair, of Klamath Falls; Time: 28 minutes, 13 seconds
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 info@klamathtrails.org to join the mailing list for updates.
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