Winter Trail Planning

The Spence team recently met with the lead designer for Spence Mt (Paul Thomasberg) with the intent of deciding what trail building would be accomplished this year and also to rework the Spence master plan. It was decided that the three trails that would be built in 2019 are Queen of the Lake, Winema, and North Star. So, no changes to previous plans in that department. These trails will up the total mileage at Spence Mountain to about 35 mi and will open lots of new routes and loops for riding, running and hiking.
The Spence master plan was also in need of some changes to account for usability issues and changes in trail building wishes (more true single track and less road to trail conversions). These changes will likely include new trails along the west face of Spence Mountain to allow for a good climbing route to the top from the Shoalwater Bay TH. There are also possible plans for more aggressive trails (like Hooligan Tr) extending directly into the Shoalwater Bay TH from higher on the mountain. A few other changes were also discussed that will take a few more years to see realized.

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The Kiosk at Eulalona TH is Complete

With the hard work of KTA volunteers and the City of Klamath Falls, the new kiosk at the Eulalona Trailhead has been completed. It is the same as the kiosk that was put up at the Spence TH along hwy 140. We are now going to the process of getting the display space populated with maps and other information.

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The Eulalona Kiosk is taking shape.

With the help of the City of Klamath Falls and KTA volunteers, the Eulalona Trailhead kiosk is taking shape. There will be a few more work days involved to complete the construction, but things are going well so far. The finished kiosk will appear almost identical to the kiosk presently at the Spence Trailhead off of Hwy 140. Another similar kiosk will be built at the Shoalwater Bay Trailhead as time and weather permits.

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Come on out the dirt is fine.

With the recent rains, the dirt around Klamath (Spence Mt. and Moore Park) is in really good condition for riding. The dust is mostly gone and it is nice and grippy. It is a little cooler now than in the summer so you may have to wear a few more layers, but the fall provides some of the best riding of the year.

With the fire season done, I also hear that the Kiosk for the Eulalona Trailhead (The TH above downtown, above Riverside School) is going up this week. The new kiosk will be the same as the one at the Spence TH along Hwy 140, built to survive the apocalypse. Eventually we will also get a similar kiosk out at the new Shoalwater Bay TH.

Ride On.

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New Signs at Spence.

With 11 miles of new trails completed this year we needed to get signs up to help with navigation. We have put up lots of sign posts and have added enough temporary signs to help you find your way around the new trails. Permanent signs will be going up later. With the warm weather, the riding is great at Spence right now. Come on out.

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Spence Trail Building is Complete for 2018.

Spence Mountain now has about 11 miles of new trail in the central portion of the tract – most easily accessible from Shoalwater Bay TH. The official opening is on Jun 2 with a 30k/50k run scheduled. The trails are rideable at present but the signage is lacking – will be working on that soon though as some of the posts are already up. Updated maps are available on the maps page.

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Spence trailbuilding update 5/18/18

The new trails at Spence Mountain are coming along nicely and are getting close to finished. The lower part of Captain Jack is pretty much completed. Modoc is about 95% complete as of yesterday. Winema is completed. The upper part of Captain Jack is being constructed as we speak. These are anticipated to be open by the end of the month. We have also started putting up signposts for these trails with temporary signs likely coming soon. There will be close to 11 miles of new trails that will add a lot of options and variety to Spence Mountain.

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Spence Mountain Work and Ride 5/12/18

There is a work group scheduled at Spence Mountain for 5/12/18 at 8:15 AM at the Shoalwater Bay TH. The plan is to rake and clear roots from the currently being built Modoc Trail. After the work is completed you can ride the newly opened Old Eagle and Shoalwater Trails – a loop of about 4.5 miles. Come out and help build and ride a new trail (and join our Meetup group linked below).

Spence Work Group on Meetup

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Spence trail building update – 5/2/18

Went up to Spence Mountain yesterday for a ride around the new trails. As of today, Old eagle – the trail going north and east from the Shoalwater Bay TH is open. It is about 1.6 miles long and terminates where it crosses Eagle Ridge Rd and connects to the eastern half of Shoalwater Tr. The eastern half of Shoalwater Tr is still being groomed but should be open next week some time. The western half of Shoalwater Tr is now open (about 1.4 mi in length). This trail starts across Eagle Ride Rd from the Shoalwater Bay TH (next to the exit of North Ridge Tr).

The lower 2/3 of Captain Jack Tr is machine built and still needs a lot of hand grooming. Machine work on Modoc and a short portion of Winema is continuing (hopefully done soon).

So, there are about 3 miles of new green trail open for use with the other trails coming along nicely.

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Current State of Spence Trail Building

I rode the new trails at Spence today to see what had been done. At present Old Eagle should be completed by the end of today (not sure if it will be open yet). The eastern half of Shoalwater is rough cut, but not finished. The western portion of Shoalwater is pretty much complete, but not currently open. Rode up to Captain Jack and found them actively digging. By report, at least half of the lower section has been rough cut – expected to be completely cut in the next week. They are also actively cutting trail on Modoc, but I think that is less complete than Captain Jack. I updated the maps on this website to reflect the work that has been done. hopefully the Shoalwater/Old Eagle loop will be open soon.

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