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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

October 2015



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, Oct. 9
Time:  11:45 am - 1:00 pm
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, Oct. 10
Time:   7:45 am - 12:00 pm
Place:  Moore Park tool shed, Corner of Ponderosa Drive and Arrowhead Road in the Lynnewood neighborhood.
Check out the event page on Meetup.com.

Trail News & Information

 

Spence Mountain update

We are super excited about a recently completed master plan for Spence Mountain.
Earlier this year Paul Thomasberg, from Dirt Mechanics, spent several days scouting the entire tract to come up with a new plan. Paul has more than 20 years experience designing and building trails in the Bend area so we are very fortunate to have his expertise. 
Future phases call for a wider variety of trail difficulty levels. They would range from easy, or green circle, for beginners to more difficult, or black diamond, for those who want more adventure. The long-term plan calls for more than 50 miles of trail in a variety of classes (classic, flow and converted double track).




Visitors to Spence Mountain may notice new gravel on the parking lot trailhead. The next step will be asphalting the approach. Highway signage will come later this year or next year.

Workers installed the kiosk foundation and will construct the kiosk itself later this fall. 
Dry conditions are delaying immediate trail building by Dirt Mechanics. As soon as we get some moisture, they'll start work.
The plan is to continue the Spence Mountain Trail (south ridge) to Spence Mountain, build up north ridge and then circle back to Hooligan and connect to lower Hooligan. The entire loop will be about 12 to 13 miles. 

To help out, check our Meetup or send an email to info@klamathtrails.org
 
New Trail Maps
KTA is very pleased to announce new and much improved trail maps for Moore Mountain.
There are two maps: one for Moore Park, and another starting at the Lynwood Connector going west through Ridgewater and Buck Ridge properties.

 
The maps include all trailheads and parking areas, as well as sanctioned trails and those on private property. They have mileage markers, landmarks, all trail names and include colored trail difficulty designations such as easy, difficult, etc.
We hope to have a large scale map posted at each of the four kiosks by early November.
To download the maps go to the KTA website, klamathtrails.org. If you have any comments, email info@klamathtrails.org.   
Other News

Moore Mountain trail runs
More than 100 runners came to Moore Park at the end of September to test their endurance in the annual trail runs. Sixty runners finished the 13.1-mile half marathon course and 45 competitors finished the 5K course.


Photo from the Moore Mountain Trail Run Facebook page

Max King, the ultrarunner and guest speaker for the Trails in Motion film night, took first place in the men's half marathon with a time of 1 hour, 21 minutes. Klamath Falls local Sergio Morales took second place for the men with a time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, and Bradley Pigage, of North Bend, took third with a time of 1 hour, 31 minutes. 
Another local Klamath Falls runner, Blake Chronister, took first among the women and eighth overall with a time of 1 hour, 51 minutes. Kelly Dreibelbis, of Klamath Falls, won second place only 30 seconds ahead of Sera Mathewes, of Ashland. Their times were 1 hour, 54 minutes and 26 seconds, and 1 hour, 54 minutes and 58 seconds, repectively. 
In the 5K race Samuel Jacobson, of Phoenix, took first place in the men with a time of 21 minutes, 49 seconds. Grgory Christensen, of Klamath Falls, took second place with a time of 24 minutes, 58 seconds. And Chuck Witeley, of Medford, took third place with a time of 25 minutes, 30 seconds.
Jennifer Scanlan, of Tulelake, was first to finish among the women with a time of 30 minutes, 8 seconds. Second and third place in the women were Anne Ormsby, of Keno, with a time of 32 minutes, 40 seconds, and Meghan Stock, of Klamath Falls, with a time of 33 minutes, 28 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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