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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

December 2018



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, December 14th
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

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Member Highlight

Theresa Ross is an inspiration.  She has dedicated her life to physical activity and the outdoors, and most importantly, she is sharing those skills and passions with young children.  Theresa grew up in the Klamath Basin and loves it here.  She has three grown children who have moved away and are living interesting and successful lives. 

Theresa has been a hiker and cyclist for most of her life.  She did some backpacking in junior high, and started racing bikes in 6th grade.  As an adult, she has competed in many triathlons.  One of her favorite things to do is to go on a long mountain bike ride with friends, or her faithful dog, Paige.  Theresa prefers the longer rides that are three to five hours in length.  The loop around Brown Mountain is one of her favorite rides because of the length, variety of terrain, and generally less severe climbing and descending sections.  She rides in Moore Park on weeknights after work, when weather permits, and likes to go out to Brown Mountain or Spence Mountain when she has more time.  Theresa feels our trails have just enough challenging aspects, and she appreciates the accessibility of our trails as well.  She enjoys traveling to new, or much loved trails, including those at Waldo Lake and Oakridge.  

Theresa has worked as a Physical Education teacher for 27 years.  She has worked at Shasta elementary for 11 years and has done amazing things while there.   She has been leader in developing and operating a bicycle safety program, triathlon program, and after-school bike rides. 

One of her primary concerns is to provide exposure and training on bicycles to children who do not have access to a bicycle outside of the school programs.  She has been instrumental in obtaining “bike fleets” for Shasta and other county schools.  Another goal she has is to offer supervised mountain biking events for children in Moore Park several times this year.  Her idea is to teach and show children how to use public transportation to get to Moore Park with their bike, teach mountain biking skills, ride on the trails and have a race for the children at the end.  Theresa is in the process of planning The Malin Park Kids Triathlon and Duathlon, and it will take place on the Saturday after the last day of school, and is open to children ages 8-14 years old.  We will include an update in the newsletter this spring.


Trail News & Information

A Good Time Was had by all at our Annual Meeting
 
Based on the noise level, everyone at our Annual Meeting enjoyed themselves. We gathered again at Gaucho Collective which provides lots of space to spread out and plenty of seats. There was enough beer and pizza to go around. We thank our presenters Kevin Jones, Drew Honzel, Grant Weidenbach and Dennis Taugher. Special thanks to Rodeos for the pizza and beer and to our door prize donors:  Zach’s Bikes, Green Blade Bakery, Lillian Schiavo, Gregg Waterman, Cliff Bars and Leap of Taste.  Special thanks to Zach Gilmour for a large donation check from the Crater Lake Century and to The Linkville Lopers for their substantial contribution. Please thank these business for their support of KTA. The meeting was mostly a social occasion giving folks a way to connect with friends and to meet new ones along with several reports of what we did this past year and what will happen in the coming year. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events.
 
2018 has been another productive year for KTA.  Several accomplishments were noted at the meeting, including:
 
High Lakes Trails (Brown Mtn, High Lakes, Fish Lake, PCT and Wilderness trails): 
  • Stats: 44 work days, 418 volunteer hours done by 9 individual volunteers
  • 2018 was year three of adopting the Brown Mountain trail
  • Brushed 2 more miles of huckleberry in 2018; 90% of the 15 mile trail has now been brushed
  • Shout-outs - Karen & John Poole, many days/hours on the High Lakes trail system!  Also, Jerry Enman for 20+ work days on Sky Lakes Wilderness trails (many long days)
Moore Mountain: 
  • Stats: 42 work days, 300 volunteer hours done by 20 individuals
  • Built new 1/4 mile long Sawmill trail
  • Re-routed the east end of Hayride trail to soften grade for green/easy trail difficulty
  • Built massive Kiosk at the Eulalona Trailhead
  • Shoutouts - Ric Drucker the master blaster on the weed whacker; Mark Goodman for lots of “quality” digging on Hayride and Sawmill trails; Michael Schaaf for his “craftsman skills” on the Eulalona Kiosk project.
 Spence Mountain: 
  • Largest build season yet with 11 miles of new trail
  • Spence Mountain Trail Run, our first competitive event at Spence thanks to the Linkville Lopers
  • 2019 plans include 7 miles of new trails as best case; 4 miles likely case; with a budget of $132,000; an updated master plan and a Kiosk at Shoalwater Bay Trailhead 




November Trail Work Log
 
November Hours: 30
YTD Hours: 1008 (includes late entries for past months)
 
Moore Mountain Trails:  Worked on greening trail features on Hayride.  Moore Trails Map

Spence Mountain Trails:  Removal of downed tree on Northridge; Installed trail signs on Old Eagle, Shoalwater, Captain Jack and Modoc trails; Raked loose rocks and cut brush from upper Hooligan and upper Southridge.  Spence Trails Map

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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