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Klamath Trails Alliance


January/February 
2015



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, Feb. 13
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. 
Trail building:
We're starting two trail-building projects in Moore Park in the next two weeks. Want to volunteer? Send an email to  info@klamathtrails.org and we'll follow-up with you individually. 
KTA volunteers needed:
What: KTA booth at Sky Lakes Health Fair
When: Saturday, March 7
Time: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Klamath County Fairgrounds
If interested email: info@klamathtrails.org
More info: Shifts would be one to two hours, depending on how many people volunteer.

Trail News & Information

 

Spence Mountain Fundraising

Good news on the fundraising front! 
The Klamath Trails Alliance end of the year fundraising campaign for Spence Mountain was a big success!
Thanks to local sponsor EcoSolar and Electric, who kicked-off the campaign with an $8,000 match.
We raised $24,237 in just over a month!
Notable businesses and public entities that helped the effort include: Linkeville Lopers, Great Basin Insurance, Windermere Real Estate, Isler of Klamath Falls, Rodeos Pizza, Hutch's Bicycles, Tucker, Tucker & Gaillis Dental Group, the Jeld-Wen Foundation, the Sky Lakes Foundation and 53 other generous donors.
KTA is excited about the great community support and the plan to build more awesome trails at Spence Mountain this summer.  




Winter Ski Trails

We live in a beautiful place!  
Even when lower country trails are too muddy to hike, bike or trail run we have ample opportunity to strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy high country trails.  
 
Thanks to Klamath Basin Ski Club, a partner of KTA's, we have a great resource for winter fun and great trail information.  Check out the website for maps, weather information and events.  
So where to go in a low snow year like this one?  The most obvious choice is Crater Lake National Park where you can drive to the rim at 7,000 feet and find snow even in a bad year.  
One tip for those snow shoeing: it is proper etiquette to stay on your own trail and not trample over the skinny cross-country ski tracks.  
Pray for snow and enjoy our great winter trails! 
Beware the mud!

Though there hasn't been much snow in the lower elevations of the Klamath Basin this winter, there has been a fair amount of rain. And on the trails, rain equals mud.
The KTA wants to caution hikers, mountain bikers and runners against getting too muddy out there.
What's the big deal? Well, many feet and many tires can add up fast.
Words of wisdom from Central Oregon Trail Alliance tell us that initial riders or bikers may cut a damaging path through the center of a trial, but those who come after try to skirt around the deep mud, widening the trail. 

How to avoid the mud?
  • Go early in the day before the mud thaws
  • Try staying on paved or gravel sections of places like Moore Park



 
  • If you're on a trail with only a few spots of mud, walk or bike right through it to to avoid widening the trail.
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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