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Klamath Trails Alliance

TRAIL NEWS 
August 2021

Smiles and miles made for a perfect evening    


Despite the forecasts of heavy smoke, heat and threat of thunderstorm, nearly 100 people arrived to celebrate the Bike Skills Course grand opening. Smoke dissipated as did other weather restraints, making for what became an ideal event.

In advance of the ribbon cutting ceremony, speakers representing various perspectives of the project offered thoughts about “another” successful achievement, the importance of providing opportunities to teach riding skills, the development and intended use of the skills course, and the importance of community partnerships. 

Riders spanned the ages of under ten to over sixty. Even toddler’s “rode” the strider course, also still in its early stage of development. Many KTA board members enjoyed the fruits of their labor, along with City officials, Dirt Mechanics, NICA team riders, Ninja Mountain Bike, Blue Zones/Healthy Klamath staff and more.

Amidst the fun, good food and celebration, many discussions amongst attendees were stimulated around the future, and what further groundswell of support might bring. A bicycle pump track? Trails development at Spence Mtn and Moore Park? The Great Klamath Circle? Something else not yet in view? 

What is certain is that since the inception of Klamath Trails Alliance in 2011, we’re not finished with creating more recreational trails opportunities still to come.

Checkout Lee Juillerat's Herald & News article on the event!
 

Spence Mountain Trail System Temporarily Closes


 

Spence Mountain trails and trailheads have been temporarily closed due to the extreme fire risk. Just a year ago a human caused fire started two miles up South Ridge trail and fortunately was quickly extinguished. This year Oregon Dept of Forestry has been stretched thin and doesn’t have the people or equipment to respond to a fire so JWTR (landowner) decided to temporarily close Spence. Once conditions improve Spence will be reopened. Thank-you for your understanding.

High five for new trails! 

The new Papoose Trail in Moore Park currently connects the upper Nature Trail  (above Lynnewood) to the old “Up and Over” trail.  The new trail offers multi-use enjoyment and is part of a larger effort to build a sustainable trail system, revitalize wildlife habit, and restore natural vegetation.  Please use caution and look out for the trail closure signs in the area.  Have fun out there and stay tuned for a full write up on the project.”

 

Let's get some work done 

During our last monthly trail work event we cut brush on Scratch in Moore Park. Scratch is an old trail that got its name from the dense brush that usually scratches your arms by the time you reach the bottom of the trail. The crew consisted of Adam Burwell, Nathan Stroh, Heather Berg and Kevin Jones. For future events stay connected with us at Facebook and Meetup. 

 

Trail Maintenance - July 2021


Volunteer hours for July totaled 100 hours last month.

Highlights for July:
Moore Mtn - 82 hrs, brushing, new trail, bike skills area 
Spence Mtn - 6 hrs, downfall, signage
Brown Mtn - 12 hrs, downfall, brushing

Please post maintenance hours in our Trail Work Log. Include drive time to and from the trail location. This helps us track volunteer hours and is especially important when applying for grants as it shows community support!

If you want to get involved in trail maintenance we post group events on our Meet-up site.
 

Moore Mountain Trail Run - September 5, 2021  


 

The 11th annual Moore Mountain Trail Run will be held Sunday, September 5th.  This year the Moore Mountain Run will have a 30K, half marathon, and 5K. Additional information can be found at Ultrasignup webpage.  Register before August 15 to save a few bucks. Email amberlila77@yahoo.com for additional information. The Linkville Lopers look forward to seeing runners and volunteers in early September. We typically have a few training runs leading up to the event, and may have a few trail maintenance days to prep the course.  All proceeds from the race are given back to the community including direct support for Moore Park, KTA, and Spence Mountain. 

Fred Meyer's Community Rewards & AmazonSmile Helps KTA!

 
If you shop at Fred Meyer or Amazon you could be helping KTA with your purchases. There are “no strings attached” other than having to set-up an online account if you don’t have one.  
A frequently asked question about the Fred Meyer charity program is whether you lose your reward points by naming a charity.  The simple answer is NO. Here is a link to the frequently asked questions and information on how to link your rewards card. 


AmazonSmile is also simple to set-up. Follow this link to support of Klamath Trails Alliance or this link for more information.  With Amazon you will need to place your order on the AmazonSmile site in order in to generate contributions back to KTA.

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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