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Klamath Trails Alliance

 

May 2017



 
Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, May 12
Time:   Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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. 
Maintenance Day 

We are kicking off trail maintenance season with two events scheduled for Saturday, May 13th.  Volunteers will receive a free KTA T-shirt while supplies last!

Brown Mountain Trail Loop:
Time:   9 a.m
Place:  Meet at the Fish Lake Trailhead on Road 37 at the North Fork campground
Check out the event page on Meetup.com.

OIT Geo Trail
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon
Place: Meet in the parking lot near Oregon Tech's geothermal power plant building.
Check out the event page on Meetup.com.

Trail News & Information

 

Spence Mountain Update

Trail building is in full swing and more great trails are in the works!  Dirt Mechanics’s, professional trail builders from Bend, recently arrived with two crews to finish up Mazama and North Ridge trails just in time for summer activities.
 
Mazama trail will be our first beginner or green trail and offers amazing views and much gentler terrain that the front side of Spence.  The lower part of Mazama will be something the whole family can enjoy.  It starts near Shoalwater Bay off of Eagle Ridge Rd where our second trailhead is planned.  


                                                                                                            
North Ridge trail is on the other side of the spectrum and will appeal to those that want something fast and rowdy!  Quoting one of the Dirt Mechanic’s crew members: “We are back at it on the black diamond trail that will be one of the best trails in the state for advanced riders.  Everything from gnarly rock gardens to drops, steeps and a jump line towards the middle that is shaping up to be off the hook!”  



We’ll announce on KTA’s Facebook page when both these trails open so please respect our “trail closed” signs.
Other News:
Oregon Timber Trail

By Zach Gilmour
Zach's Bikes

Klamath Falls might not have the ski resorts or legendary breweries yet, but it makes up for it tenfold in the back country and remote experiences available. The Oregon Timber Trail introduces us to yet another opportunity to be many miles away from any other soul. And what's better is that you can do it by bike, on mostly single track trails.

The Oregon Timber Trail is an approximately 670 mile route, mostly single track, spanning the state from the California to Washington borders. With the trail starting near Lakeview, Klamath Falls is the kickoff point for many as they take their bikes from the Portland area by train and ride back. With options to start in Klamath, that makes us the gateway to an absolutely amazing adventure.
Using the majority of the Fremont National Recreation Trail, the first tier of this route is the most rugged, but most scenic. Much of that trail has not seen any real maintenance or traffic over the last ten years. Zach rode a section of this trail a few years ago. With all of the down trees it was tough to tell if the bike really did him any good or if it would have been better to just walk.



Come out June 1st through the 4th (any day or combination of days is fine) to help us reclaim the trail in this beautifully remote place. All are welcome, and we are especially in need of certified sawyers. This event does require signup (but is free).

Learn more about the Oregon Timber Trail here.

Sign up for the trail work party/campout here.


Oregon Tech's Geo Trail is in the works. Come and lend a hand on KTA's maintenance day, or on the Geo Trail's planting day scheduled for May 20. 
Velo Cascadia Road Cycling Series



Check out the Facebook event page to learn more.
Join Zach's Bikes and the LCBC for the first annual Velo Cascadia Road Race Series! This series is perfect for the novice road racer and seasoned competitor alike. The events will consist of Time Trials, Road Races, and Criteriums. This is a great way to experience the world of road racing and enjoy the amazing, local cycling in Klamath Falls.

How it works: Racers accumulate points based on finishing place. The season will end with a gathering at Moore Park, following the last Time Trial...where food, drink, and raffle prizes will be in abundance.

Cost: $5 per race or $35 a season pass
Link River Festival
June 3, 2017
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

It's time for the return of the Link River Festival! 

The third Link River Festival will be on June 3rd and will run form 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year the Klamath County Museum is taking the lead for running the festival, with the Klamath Greenways Foundation acting as a supporting organization.
 
The festival welcomes visitors of all walks of life, great for the whole family. (No dogs please, as some exhibits have animals.)

The walking event stretches along the 1.5 miles of the Link River Trail with presenters, music, vendors and food. Visitors can walk down the trail and back, or take a shuttle back to where they started. Access will be at either end of the trail: north at Putnam Point or south near the Favell Museum.

Check out the event website for more information.
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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