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Cancelled for rain! Event: preview trail between Middle Bar & Independence Flat

Here is your chance to preview the Middle Bar to Independence Flat segment, near the “Ore Cart” on highway 49 between Mokelumne Hill & the Mokelumne River. Trail construction will complete in late 2012.

Description: Celebrate National Trails Days by joining Steve Diers, EBMUD Ranger II & special guest, Pat McGreevy, sharing information from his field research on the area’s gold rush history. The potential route for the narrow gauge portion is exceptional but there are some challenges to hiking it now (see “difficulty” below).

Wildflowers viewed this week in bloom on the potential route for the narrow gauge portion include snowdrop bush, fairy lanterns, Chinese houses, larkspur, vetch, wild pea, Indian paintbrush, snake lily, nemophila and woodland star. There is poison oak on the narrow gauge portion. Although it has been cut back please take appropriate precautions if you are susceptible to it.

As a participant you agree to obey EBMUD guidelines and directives outlined in the details of the hike below. Your cooperation will make this tour a success. Hope you can join us.

When: Saturday, June 4th

Length & Duration:  4 miles roundtrip, 9:00am-3:00pm.

If it starts raining we will not travel cross country on the narrow gauge section which is on a very steep cross slope. We will retrace our steps for a total of 6.8 miles round trip.

Meet Up: Middle Bar Take Out Parking Lot – see Google map above

Age: 16 and up. Hikers 16 – 18 year of age need written permission from a parent or guardian, or be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Personal Items: Bring a lunch, water, backpack, sturdy boots/shoes, long pants, water, insect repellent, sunscreen & dress in layers.

Reservations: Required. RSVP Steve Diers at or (209) 772-8260. Please provide your daytime phone.

Difficulty: The first 1.2 miles of the hike will be on existing fire roads with an increase in elevation of 400’. The second mile is on a primitive abandoned road with a drop of 200’ in elevation. The third mile is on the remains of an abandoned water ditch with a drop of 120’ in elevation. The last ¾ mile is cross country on a very steep cross slope. The narrow gauge is on uneven ground with obstacles and part of it is cross country on a very steep cross slope. Because the narrow gauge portion is rugged, undeveloped and littered with obstacles and has a steep cross slope that is why this 4 mile hike is rated difficult.  This hike is far more strenuous than the hike to Patti’s Point.

Weather: The hike will be cancelled only if there is heavy fog, moderate to heavy wind and heavy rain. The hike will be held under light rain/drizzle weather conditions. Here is a weather forecast link that I find to be accurate and very useful. You can change the exact location by clicking a point on the map. Additionally, the link on the bottom right under additional forecast and information where it says hourly weather graph is very helpful in seeing the timing and intensity of the events. The hike will cancel for heavy fog, moderate to heavy wind, and heavy rain.

Ticks: You will be taking part in an outdoor activity in an area that ticks may inhabit. The following are suggestions that will help protect you from tick-borne diseases. Wear light-colored long pants and long sleeves so you can easily see any ticks. Do thorough tick checks after the event. Now there is clothing that comes pretreated with repellant that the manufacturer claims will be effective even after 40 washes. Insect Shield(R) apparel and accessories are available now from top brands such as L.L. Bean, Orvis, ExOfficio, REI, Sloggers, RailRaiders, Outdoor Research, Tilley, Zorrel, Carolina Manufacturing, Buff and others. The University Of North Carolina Gillings School Of Public Health reported that the incidence of tick attachments was reduced by 93 percent among workers wearing Insect Shield Repellent Apparel. The report was published online March 11, 2011 in the journal Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. Another option is to spray one pair of pants and one shirt with a repellent containing Permethrin (at least 2 hours before use). The manufacture claims the treatment should remain effective for 6 weeks or 6 launderings of the garment. Spraying pesticides containing DEET, Pecardin or Lemon Eucalyptus oil on your skin is not as effective as treating your garments with Permethrin products. Spraying pesticides containing DEET on clothing is NOT effective against ticks. There is a risk of skin reactions when applying DEET so use caution, especially on children. The Centers for Disease Control lists Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil as an organic product as an effective repellent for ticks that can carry Lyme disease. In a 2010 Consumer Reports study a commercial product called Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Repellent, from Spectrum Brands rated just as effective as DEET. Insect Shield(R) apparel, Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Pump Insect Repellent and Sawyer Permethrin Pump Spray are available at REI.

Poison Oak: You will encounter poison oak. Please take appropriate precautions (long pants are recommended).

Please no pets or alcoholic beverages

Postponed: explore a possible new trail alignment

Our desire is to hold our bike ride on a warm and sunny day, and while we’re sorry we won’t be out on the trail for National Trails Day, we are happy to wait patiently for spring or even summer to arrive. A good chance of rain and cool temperatures is expected Saturday on our route. A late-season snowstorm visited this week as well.

Thanks for your support as we plan and build new trail to connect our Upper Mokelumne River Canyon segment to its lower altitude neighbor, the Camanche-Pardee segment.


Mitigated Negative Declaration for last piece of Camanche-Pardee segment

East Bay Municipal Utility District released its notice of intent to adopt a mitigated negative declaration for the Middle Bar Segment project this week. They released the Negative Declaration too. The Middle Bar segment represents the one remaining piece of our Camanche-Pardee segment, and is located  from just below the hwy 49 bridge to the Middle Bar bridge.  Read the Cover Letter and Notice of Intent or check out the mitigated Negative Declaration and on file at EBMUD’s offices until 6/9/2011:

5883 East Camanche Parkway
Campo Seco, CA 95226
Contact: Kent Lambert 209-772-8340

Event: Explore a possible new trail alignment — postponed for a warmer, drier day

We have postponed this event due to wet & cool weather. Stay tuned for a new date!

Biking along the North Fork of the Mokelumne River
                           — National Trail Days June 4th, co-sponsored with REI, Inc.

Description: Celebrate National Trails Days by joining REI and other like-minded explorers on a service trip to assess a possible route for the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail between Moore Creek campground and Tiger Creek Reservoir. This route is on a  series of roads passing through a rugged and wild section of the Upper Mokelumne River Canyon segment of the trail. We’ll travel along a mostly paved road suitable for a hybrid or cyclocross bicycle.  The route starts along the banks of the river at Moore Creek Trail head and gradually heads uphill 1400’ before gradually heading downhill to our destination at the Tiger Creek Reservoir and PG&E powerhouse picnic area. Along the way we’ll introduce you to the Mokelumne River’s land and water recreational opportunities, scenic canyon views, the route’s natural history, timber harvest history, and take in the river’s tremendous role delivering power and water to California and East Bay water customers.

How your National Trail Days participation benefits the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail:

  • Be the first to travel a possible new trail alignment in the Sierra Nevada
  • Document features & concerns
  • Offer your suggestions to the MCCT Trail Council

Length & Duration: 21.5 miles. We will meet up at 8am and begin our ride at 8:30am sharp. We expect several unscheduled stops along the way to comment, take notes and snap photos.

Age: 16 and up

Please bring a lunch, water and personal items & dress in layers. Additional driving and parking details provided after registration.

Make your reservation here!

Group Size: 25


Required Legal Form:

This Trail Days event requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. You will need to print, sign and bring the form with you. Stay tuned for the form.

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MCCT welcomes

Note: replaced EveryTrail in 2018. 

Along with the California State Parks Foundation and other high profile internet trail venues, we would like to announce our partnership with to produce downloadable MCCT trail guides to your computer & downloadable apps for Android and iPhones.

Look for Everytrail here on our website, then click and connect to see our trail guide listing! It’s that easy. Research your next day hike or your summer vacation and when you’re ready, download your chosen guide app(s). New trail guides are added in each week, as fast as we can put them up.

EveryTrail is the fastest-growing online community for GPS trip sharing and is exactly the kind of service we think trail users need to find the trail and then reach their destination. EveryTrail runs on GlobalMotion’s geo social platform, which gives businesses the power to provide a full-fledged social network focused on creating, sharing and exploring travel stories to their customers.

Besides easily showing MCCT trail users how to get on the trail safely and have an enjoyable hike, helps travelers find and visit California’s state parks. offers:

  • Read about a park’s highlights and history
  • Easily find the best hikes in the park
  • Navigate hiking trails using detailed maps, descriptions points of interest, photos, and audio
  • Share a trail experience by tracking your hikes, taking pictures and uploading to EveryTrail, Facebook and Twitter

Screenshot examples from an Android State Park app:

A Kodak moment: MCCT opens for business in East Bay-Contra Costa

an early 1990s photo with Mt. Diablo in the background

Diablo Foothills Regional Park will always hold a special place in our collective MCCT heart — for it is the first of the East Bay Regional parks to publish their website map showing the MCCT passing through it.

We’re so thankful and excited travelers will soon be able to hike from Martinez or Berkeley to the Antioch Bridge or Brentwood, following MCCT trail signs for almost the entire way.

MCCT invited to present to CA State Recreational Trails Committee

Presenters l to r: Jennifer Tripp, Maryanne Vancio, Mary Boblet, Laura Thompson

California State Parks holds an annual Trails & Greenways Conference that brings in all the major trails managers and builders from around the state as well as the various and dedicated interest groups who use and maintain them. It truly is a great learning experience.

4 of the state’s major trail organizations were invited to speak on their trail’s progress and challenges at the annual CA State Recreational Trails Committee meeting held in conjunction with this conference last year.

Pacific Crest Trail — Jennifer Tripp with the Pacific Crest Trail Association reported on the founding, partners and length of this National Scenic Trail and the mission of the Association.

Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail — Mary Boblet with Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail Council reported on the organizational structure, location, goals, partners, and challenges of completing this 300 mile long route.

San Francisco Bay Trail— Laura Thompson from the Association of Bay Area Governments reported on the partners, funding and challenges with this trail.

High Country Meadows trail: a nice day hike

Unlike our lower altitude trails in the Camanche-Pardee segment, this trail, at 7200′, is buried right now under mounds of snow. But it’s a great trail to visit in mid to late summer. A nice 9.2 mile round trip is in store for you, with a couple challenging ridges to conquer. A less challenging option is the meadow meander, offering plenty to occupy an explorer, a family with children, or birdwatcher.


a kiosk, one of several installed in the high country in 2010. Very sturdy!


This trail works as a day hike or as a jump off spot to head into the Mokelumne Wilderness (get a permit first before going). We’re thinking of calling it the High Country Meadows trail, but if you have a better suggestion, just holler. Details at the link.

Geo-tagged photos here.

New hiking trail to welcome in Spring

Come on out and enjoy a charming slice of the Coast to Crest Trail alongside the Mokelumne River near the tiny town known as Paloma in Calaveras County.

It’s called the James Bar Trail. Only .8 mile round trip from the trailhead, it is a very moderately sloped trail designed and built to accommodate mobility challenged hikers. Check it out here. We are carefully updating our website to include day hike pages with maps and descriptions. James Bar trail is on East Bay Municipal Utility District property, and requires trail permits. Details at the link.

Updating recreational trails near Contra Loma Recreation Area

Do you visit this park located in the East Bay Regional Park District? In the next couple months the MCCT alignment through this area will be signed. If you have any suggestions or concerns about trail use here, please consider reading this notice and attending the upcoming public workshop. Thanks!

From the East Bay Regional Park District website: The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is preparing a Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of land and water resources for Contra Loma Reservoir and Recreation area. The East Bay Regional Park District manages recreation at the park under agreement with Reclamation. The Contra Costa Water District and the City of Antioch manage water and the Community Park under separate agreements.

Reclamation hosts its second RMP Development public workshop on Thursday, March 3, 6-8 PM at Prewett Family Park and Community Center (4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531). Workshop participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the process and timeline for Contra Loma planning and environmental review
  • Understand how community input has helped inform the process to date
  • Provide input on possible future actions and how they relate to uses, including recreation
  • Identify opportunities for improving resource management and recreational experiences at Contra Loma