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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

November 2016



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, Nov. 11th
Time:   Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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
No trail maintenance day this month.

Trail News & Information

 

Spence Mountain Trail-building

The team from Dirt Mechanics officially started Phase 3 trail construction on October 12th. They had a wet start but the moisture was a welcome relief to the dry conditions experienced all summer.  
 
On tap for Phase 3 is our first black diamond (or most difficult) trail, called Spence Mountain North Ridge, as well as an easy or green trail, called Mazama.  A second trailhead is also planned near Shoalwater Bay off of Eagle Ridge Road.
 
Early indications are that the North Ridge Trail will be in a category all by itself!  For those seeking the ultimate challenge there will be drops, rock gardens, chutes, high speed flow sections and some amazing views.  North Ridge starts near the top of Spence Mountain and descends over 1,500 feet to Shoalwater Bay. The first half mile section will be intermediate before turning black diamond – then hold on to your handle bars!
 
On the other end of the spectrum, our new Mazama trail will be something the entire family can enjoy.  It causally meanders along Shoalwater Bay before gradually climbing around the mountain toward the middle part of Hooligan trail.  Great views of Shoalwater Bay, Rock Creek Ranch and Mountain Lakes Wilderness are guaranteed to impress.  
 
Both trails are currently under construction and will be finished by next Spring.  Please respect our “trail closed” signs as they for your own safety and protection.    
 




Note, the first half mile of Spence Mountain North Ridge trail is open for those that want to sample the intermediate section.  You will be able to tie back into Hooligan trail if you follow the signs on old logging roads.
KTA fundraiser

Don't forget: Biagio's Bar and Grille is hosting NOVEMBERFEST, a fundraiser for the Klamath Trails Alliance.

The event is a wine and beer tasting -- from Oregon brewers and wineries -- along with a great meal. This year the band Hermano will play for local entertainment to accompany the wining and dining. 

Join us for a fun night at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, and benefit the KTA at the same time. Check out the Facebook event page.



Tickets (food, beer and wine tasting), are available at The Ledge, Hutch’s Bicycles, and Zach’s Bikes. Tickets are $10 in advance for regular folks and $8 in advance for military personnel. 
Other News:
2016 Kingsley Field Duathlon selects KTA to receive proceeds
 
Community ambassadors from Kingsley Field and the Oregon Air National Guard chose the KTA as a recipient of proceeds from their 2016 Duathlon and run events. Parts of the longer races were held on the Klamath Ridgeview Trail to showcase the splendor of the Klamath Basin.



The event on October 8th was impressively organized and  sanction by the USA Triathlon, which drew teams from outside the area competing for points in the Northwest Duathlon Circuit. Among others, teams from Oregon State University and the University of Oregon participated.    
Watch the site for the 2017 event:  www.kingsleyfieldduathlon.com.  
The Guardsmen are already building additional bike racks for next year's growth.   
Senior Project Dedicated
to Trail Work

 
For most high school aged teens trail work is not that much fun.  But for Drew Lawrie, a senior at Henley High School, it is a perfect fit for his Senior Capstone Project.
 
Drew committed 20 hours of volunteer service to KTA’s trail maintenance projects.  

Over the course of last month he has been involved with building drain dips in Moore Park, helping professional trail builders at Spence and brushing back overgrown vegetation at Spence.
 
Drew has a passion for riding bikes of all kinds including both mountain and dirt bikes and wanted to learn more about trail building.


“It’s pretty cool that someone his age wants to give back to the sport he loves,” said Drew Honzel, Drew’s mentor at KTA. After graduation, Drew is interested in attending Oregon Tech and studying mechanical engineering.  
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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