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Klamath Trails Alliance


August 2018

Monthly Trail Meeting

Date:   Friday, August 10th
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.

Trail News & Information


Klamath Falls Composite Mountain Bike Team 

by Lillian Schiavo-Gilmour

If you have been seeing more teens riding mountain bikes in Moore Park and Spence Mtn, this is because Klamath Falls now has a NICA affiliated mountain bike team.  NICA stands for National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

Last summer when Zach Bikes organized mountain bike rides for some of their customer's teens,  we realized, there just isn't enough young people riding bikes on our trails and how fun the teens were having riding with other teens.   When the Oregon League was created this year, I knew that this was a perfect time to get a team started in our area, especially with the new green trails getting built.

NICA's primary objective is to get more kids on bikes thru promoting mountain biking for adventure and fun and its benefits as a healthy outdoor recreational lifestyle.   

Founded in 2009, in California, the association now has 22 leagues in 21 states.  Participation in NICA continues to grow almost 40% year over year.  As of 2017,  nationwide 777 teams, there is about 15,000 student athletes and 6,500 coaches.  

This February the Oregon League was started to assist with forming teams, training coaches, and race planning.  This fall, there will be 2 races in September, and one in October and November.  At this time, there are 12 teams through out the state, 60 coaches licenced, and expect over 100 student athletes to participate this season.

Klamath Falls Composite has 8 student athletes (2 high school / 6 middle school students) and 7 coaches.  I am proud to say that 37% of our athletes and 50% of our coaches are female (exceeding the 15% national average).  As a NICA affiliated team, we are organized and operate within the 5 core values of NICA Equality, Inclusivity, Strong Mind, Strong Body, and Strong Character.   There are no tryouts, everyone can participates in the races, there are scholarships for those who need it.  We were fortunate to have Zach's Bikes donate one bike for the team and let us utilize some of their demos for some of the athletes who needed a bike, while they were in the process of getting their own.  Also some of their customers have donated equipment and one bike for the team to use.   

For the Oregon League, we have a Fall season, which started in July and will end with our last race in November.  We can still register riders up to our first race in September.  We hold practices 3 times a week.  Midweek rides are at Moore Park trails and weekend rides are at Spence Mountain.  With  the smokey conditions we have been doing indoor workouts at CrossFit APE, who has been generous to let the team bring our bikes inside and we ride on trainers with a structured workout program.  In such a short time, I have seen some of our beginner riders get stronger and more confident on the trails.   The team has gone thru riding skills workshops, a basic bike repair clinic, and is taught proper trail and riding ettiquette and how to ride safely as a group.   If you know any one who will be in the 6th thru the 12th grade this fall who would be interested in joining the team, please have them contact me at or 541-892-7894.  Also check out our facebook page - Klamath Falls Composite with more detail and links to NICA and the Oregon League.  
July Trail Work Log

Sky Lakes Trails:
  • In Blanket Creek Burn area, removed all tree portions that were light enough for one person. Worked from South end of burn to ridgeline just North of Goose Egg mountain.
  • Log-out and brushing in Sky Lakes Wilderness.
High Lakes Trail:
  • Clean-up Great Meadow trailhead. String-trim High Lakes Trail through meadow and around interpretive sign and restrooms. Sweep concrete pad of interpretive sign. Pick up litter.
  • Brush huckleberries, grass, etc. east of the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Ride trail, pick up sticks and debris, move one downed tree, dig invasive thistles
Geo Trail:
  • Weed trimmed and raked the Geo Trail. Completed the entire trail!
Moore Mountain Trails:
  • Brushed RV between ‘green gate’ and landing at Buck Ridge.
  • Weed whacking
  • Pulled barbed wire and 7 posts off Ridgeview between Lynnewood connector and green gate.
Volunteers Needed 

A-Canal Multi-Use Path Patchwork - Friday Aug. 10th
John Bellon of Çity Parks has asked for our help. We’re looking for about 8-10 people interested in helping to seal the cracks in the A-Canal Path.  The 7:00 a.m. meeting location will be at the City Streets Division, located on 1190 S. Spring St., south of the 6th St. railway overpass. Participants will meet somewhere behind the Streets shop building—look for the group.  Planning to work until 2:30 pm.  If you are interested in helping please contact John at

Crater Lake Century Bike Ride - Saturday, August 18th
This is a long running charity ride, benefiting the Klamath-Lake County Food Bank, The Klamath County Museum and the Klamath Trails Alliance.  We are always looking for more volunteers. If you're interested in helping please contact Zach at

Moore Mountain Trail Run - Sunday, September 2nd
The Moore Mountain Runs (MMR) are Klamath County's premiere trail running event and boast one of the best half-marathon and 30k trail courses in the Pacific Northwest.  Linkville Lopers organizes the run and still needs a few volunteers.  If interested please contact Amber at

Ride the Rim - Saturday, September 8th & 15th
Ride the Rim showcases Crater Lake National Park on two consecutive Saturdays to those that want to walk, run or bike the rim without vehicles.  We still need 2 volunteers each weekend to help tear down the rest stops.  Ideally, we need someone that can pull a trailer.  If interested please contact Tonia at

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