Spence Peak and Peak Tie trails are now open for business. These two trails add about 6.5 miles of new trail to the northwest side of Spence Mountain. Spence Peak (Blue) starts off of Mazama Tr just past the road crossing with Eagle Ridge Rd. It continues for about 5.5 miles to the top of the mountain, by way of Jct 5 and Jct 3. This trail was designed to be a climbing route although it goes down well also. It is more gentle and less technical compared to South Ridge Tr. Peak Tie (Green) starts at the bottom of the blue portion of Mazama near the Doak Mt summit of Hwy 140. It is a gradual climb up to Spence Peak Tr about halfway up the mountain. These trails will open up many new loops out of The 140 trailhead and Shoalwater trailhead. Thank you Dirt Mechanics.
The lower 3.7 miles of Spence Peak Tr is now open. It is a two way trail, but made to be a nice climb. Work continues on the portions above this level that will eventually connect to the top of the mountain. Peak Tie Tr work is also continuing.
Trail work is one of the few occupations where social isolation is the norm. Work is going on on Spence Peak Tr now, but can’t go too high on the mountain yet because of snow. They have more done than I thought they could get in the short period of time they have been there. The trails are still muddy for the most part although Queen of the Lake is in pretty good condition except for a couple areas in the first 1/4 mi.
New up-to-date maps have been added to the kiosks at Moore Park. A large map has been placed in the new kiosk at Eulalona Trailhead. Smaller maps have been placed at the kiosks at the north end of Eulalona Tr, the gingerbread house kiosk, and at BuckRidge at the northern end of Klamath Ridgeview Tr. The old maps were getting pretty rough and faded. The new ones should hold up better over time.
Just a short note to announce that the new trails: Queen of the Lake, Lower Winema, and North Star are all open for business. GO ride them and have fun. Watch out riding Queen of the Lake as the rocks are tough and the trail is narrow and steep in places.
The trail building year is about to finish for 2019. Hopefully by sometime in the first week of June the new trails should be completed and opened. Currently:
1) Queen of the Lake: There is a gap of about 1/4 mile still to go. Work is concentrating on this trail. It’s a slow process.
2) Winema: Essentially completed. About 1.80 miles of green and blue trail.
3) North Star: Almost completed with about 1/4 mile of grooming to finish. Total Length 3.35 mi, green.
Logging operations on Brown Mountain Trail have been completed for the season and the trail is open, but for the snow that is present on the higher parts of the trail. That snow amounts to patches in the 1-2 ft deep range mostly above 5000 ft. Hopefully that should melt in the next few weeks.
The trails are coming along and the work should be done in the next couple weeks. Currently:
1) Queen of the Lake: The gap as of yesterday is about .35 miles. The work has been slow recently as the rocks are very large and everywhere. The bright spot in all this is that the worst of the rocks are behind them and they actually have some dirt to make a trail again. This is going to be a really nice trail when complete.
2) Winema: Almost fully completed with only a short section of grooming remaining. So about 1.30 miles of blue and 0.5 miles of green trail.
3) North Star: About 2.25 miles cut with some grooming remaining in that distance. They are working from both sides and hope to bridge the 1 mile gap next week some time.
The Dirt Mechanics trail work is going well. The work on Winema and North Star is mostly machine and goes fairly quickly. The work on QOTL is completely by hand and is slow. As of yesterday:
1) Winema: The blue portion is mostly complete except for a section of hand grooming that needs to be completed. The green upper 0.5 mi section is being cut presently.
2) North Star: At present about 1.9 miles of trail has been cut, most of which is fully groomed. There is about 1.35 mi left to complete.
3) Queen of the Lake: about 0.4 miles in the center is yet to be completed. There is about 0.6 miles complete on the south side and 0.9 miles complete on the north side.
The Spence trails are coming along nicely with a lot of work going on this week.
1) The blue portion of Winema (about 1.3 mi) is almost complete an just requires some grooming to get it into shape. I rode this trail and it is going to be a fun one. There is a nice alternate line on the lower part of this trail that has some tough rocks. There will also likely be a climbing road for this trail to allow it to be mostly downhill and providing loops for sessioning these sections of trail.
2) About 1.35 miles of North Star had been cut as of yesterday. This is a green trail looks pretty flat on paper but has enough hill to provide some fun/swoopy stretches.
3) About 1.2 miles of Queen of the lake is complete. this trail is almost completely hand-built because of the steep terrain and abundant rocks (often very large). The work is slow but most of the bodies are working here to get this trail complete. This trail is quite pretty, lined with trees and large rocks (nice views also). The rocks and short steep pitches make this trail fairly tough.
1) In the interest of decreasing the number of intersections and improving the trail flow in the spaghetti bowl that is Moore Park there is a new reroute of Autobahn Tr so that it doesn’t intersect with Powerline anymore. It now connects to an unnamed connector and will go to the Stonehenge/Sawmill intersection.
2) The top of Ratcamp is being rerouted to intersect with the Sonehenge/Eulalona junction directly instead of 50 yards away.
3) A new reroute of Klamath Ridgeview Tr is planned for later this month to bypass the swampy areas present near 5-gallon and Big Sky trails.
4) New trail signs are going up on the trails along the river to improve navigation.