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Klamath Trails Alliance


January 2019

Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, January 11th
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

Grant Weidenbach likes to take a normal adventure and add a twist.  As an example, on one of the Ride the Rim days at Crater Lake this year, Grant decided to participate, but instead of starting at one of the usual starting places (Steel Visitor Center, North Junction, or even Fort Klamath), Grant and friends rode a route that included the Pinnacles valley and the old Grayback dirt road.  Cyclists know that riding a road bike on dirt is pretty hard work.  On another Crater Lake rim ride, Grant did the ride on a full moon night in August, using lights and reflective gear.  Grant has an activity for every season.  He enjoys whitewater kayaking, cycling (mountain and road), hiking, and back country ski touring.  

A preferred location for ski touring is Crater Lake, due to its fantastic natural ski terrain, abundant snowfall, and incredible scenic beauty (see photo below).

Grant developed a love for the outdoors growing up in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  His family enjoyed fishing and camping, and trips to Yellowstone National Park.  He moved to Klamath Falls in 1995 to work for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).  His work as a River Ranger included issuing and managing outfitting permits.  One of the benefits of his job was that he was able to work outdoors for 6-8 months of the year, including regular patrol trips of the upper Klamath river canyon by whitewater raft.  He managed three campgrounds and was involved in trail building.  While working for the BLM, Grant developed an appreciation for Public Lands and their importance. 

Grant has served on the Klamath Trail Alliance's (KTA) board for a year now (and previously held an advisory position for years).  He has been an asset to the KTA, not only volunteering for trail maintenance, but also sharing insights into trail building, maintenance, and trailhead management.  Grant coordinates KTA trail maintenance work on the Brown Mountain Trail System in partnership with the Fremont-Winema National Forest.  

Grant mountain biking on the High Lakes Trail (between Fish Lake and Lake of the Woods)

Trail News & Information

Trails, trails, trails… why do we love them?
Great question.  There are some obvious reasons why we love trails.  "Trails just have a way of closing off the rest of the world and all of the chaos,” says Dr. Jerry Lynch, a Boulder, Colorado-based psychologist and author.  They offer an escape from our busy lives; they connect us with nature; they offer an adventure by taking us to new places; scenery is better; and exercising on trails produces natural endorphins that leave us feeling happier and calmer.
There have been numerous studies on the economic and health benefits of trails, too.  Enclosed are a few good links:
  • Measuring the Benefits of Trails to Communities - trails and pathways frequently are an important part of a town or city’s identity, but measuring and understanding the benefit of trails to communities often is not fully understood.
  •  Economic and Health Benefits of Bicycling in Northwest Arkansas - Northwest Arkansas is an unlikely mountain biking mecca but after decades of building quality single track they now have multiple IMBA Ride Centers, a coveted designation. One of the objectives of the study was to examine the ROI of bicycle infrastructure investments.  Results showed the following: (1) Bicycling in Northwest Arkansas provides $137 million in benefits to the economy annually (2) Bike tourism is a significant economic driver with tourists spending $27 million at local businesses each year (3) Investments in soft-surface mountain bike trails is a key driver of tourism with at least 55% of mountain bikers traveling to Northwest Arkansas from outside the region (4) Bicycling in Northwest Arkansas generated $85 million annually in health-related benefits.
  • Economic Diversification and Outdoor Recreation in Bonner County - this report explores how investments in trails and outdoor recreation could contribute to Bonner County and particularly its ongoing efforts to sustain a diverse rural economy through a strong tourism sector, which in turn fuels the area’s ability to recruit and retain businesses and skilled employees. 

December Trail Work Log
December Hours: 0
Total Hours in 2018: 1008

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 to join the mailing list for updates.
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