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.
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
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.
Along with the California State Parks Foundation and other high profile internet trail venues, we would like to announce our partnership with Everytrail.com 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, Everytrail.com helps travelers find and visit California’s state parks. Everytrail.com 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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