Trail supporter Tina reports two trees are down (she also sent in these photos) on Rich Gulch trail this afternoon, that for now makes the trail impassable. EBMUD is sending out maintenance crew to attend to it. Please call EBMUD Sierra Trails office at 209-772-8204 to get updates if you plan to head out there today or anytime this week. We do not have a time estimate for when the trail will be clear. Thank you Tina!
New day hike in the high country
Today we’re recommending a moderately challenging day hike with some cardio ridge climbing, expansive Sierra view, and a path through a favorite forest meadow.
It’s a great time to be up at altitude. Web trail inventory provider AllTrails makes it easier with their easy to use tools, replacing another inventory company called EveryTrail. We are grateful for AllTrail’s services.
Visit the MCCT day hike page and start planning your day hike!
Annual Single Track Running Event coming up!
Another 50K/50M and Half Marathon weekend is in store April 20-22nd!
From Single Track Runnings website:
Friday April 20, 2018
We are skipping the organized 5k & 10k and instead we will do a fun run on a 1 mile loop around the campgrounds, you can do one or more loops. This is open to runners of all ages. The fun run will not be timed. Starts at 7:00pm and it will be followed with a bonfire.
Both distances start from the Gold Run campsite area. The course is an out and back course on the Coast to Crest Trail. Click on the distance to find more information. Our 50 mile race is a UTMB qualier race (4 Points).
Half Marathon (Point to Point)
13.1M – 8:00am Bus pick up, 9:00am race start.
The Half Marathon race is a point to point course, runners will get picked up from the Gold Run camping area at 8am. Runners will then be shuttled to “Campo Seco staging area” where the Half Marathon starts at 9:00am. Click on the distance to find more information.
Google Earth is a free application that provides a remarkable aerial view. You can pan and zoom from campsite to water source, peak to valley. Features such as park and wildfire boundaries, roads, cloud cover and current snow pack totals can be displayed.
With a little computer savvy, users can calculate elevation gain and loss, display elevation profiles, see which campsite will receive the first morning sun or what stars will be overhead for an exact time and place.
First, you’ve got to set up Google Earth
- Download Google Earth.
- Download the Upper Mokelumne River Canyon layer with all the waypoints.
- Learn how to use Google Earth and take a feature tour.
Google Earth becomes really great when you load layers like these
- The latest snow overlays must be downloaded daily. This is a computer model based off of survey sensors. It’s not very accurate.
- The MODIS Fire Detections KML layer shows fires. Visit the main page here. This is satellite data that updates automatically. MODIS is 1 km resolution, so 1 km2 forms a cell. When a cell is ‘turned on’ (showing heat), there is a 50% chance there is fire within that cell. In other words, it’s also not very accurate.
- The GeoMAC active fire perimeter KML shows large incidents, and their actual heat perimeter. This data is generally gathered by airplanes flying over the fires. Updates might not happen every day. While the GeoMAC layer is detailed, it might not be up to date. Nor does it show all fires. Generally, only the large, longer burning fires get airplane overflights and end up being shown in the GeoMAC layer.
- The BlueSky Daily Runs are smoke forecast models.
- Every day, the Terra satellite’s MODIS instrument takes a color picture of Earth. You can see it on our daily satellite image page or on NASA Worldview. If you click the camera icon in Worldview, you can export that day’s satellite image into a KML file and load it into Google Earth. So neat!
* Don’t trust your life to the information you gather from Google Earth.
State Park, Interpretive Association sign trail; signals East Bay-Contra Costa segment is finished
Even more trail goodness! This time Mount Diablo State in the East Bay – Contra Costa County segment.
In June – September 2015, Mount Diablo State Park officials, Mount Diablo Interpretive Association, town of Clayton, and the trail council worked together scouting potential alignments & attaching trail signs on posts. We are grateful to Mark Sinclair of State Parks, John Mercurio, and MDIA’s Mike and Ruth Ann Woodring for completing the state park signing.
The result: newly open trail entering the park from the southwest via the Briones-Mt Diablo Regional Trail (managed by East Bay Regional Park District) and from the northeast via the town of Clayton (home to MCCT trail-co founder George Cardinet Jr.)
Hooray!! The MCCT is now continuous between Martinez (and Berkeley) to Antioch’s Big Break Regional Shoreline, the gateway to the Delta. This announcement marks the 2nd completed MCCT segment, with three segments to go (another completed segment is planned to come online in 2018.)
View the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail map free on ArcGISOnline. After checking out the map, plan your trip in this segment using East Bay Regional Park District’s interpark regional trails info. Happy trails!
1.1 mile trail opens in high country; nets 30+ miles of trail goodness
U.S. Forest Service partners completed this tiny 1.1 mile-long section last fall, days before the Butte Fire turned us upside down here in Calaveras County. Naturally our energies pivoted to our community. I am happy to report MCCT board members returned to their homes, although the community has forever changed.
Now almost a year has passed; time to rally around this tiny but very strategic connector trail between Mosquito Lake and Pacific Valley – a huge milestone for two big reasons!
- The snow melted and the MCCT east of Lake Alpine to Ebbetts Pass is now open (note: not all trail signs are posted yet)
- Hikers and equestrians can travel between Ebbetts Pass to Lake Alpine on the non-motorized trail with sections nearer Hwy 4, rather than the longer partially motorized trail set in the back country
Trail posts are installed at both ends of the new section, as seen in the following images:
Please note bicycling is required to follow the highway along sections of the trail passing through Carson-Iceberg Wilderness between Lake Alpine and Ebbetts Pass. See map. Search or zoom in on the orange line in the high country to see Pacific Valley.
Open now: 7 mile loop trail overlooking Pardee Reservoir
We appreciate all you do, EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District)!
John Bull Trail is now open in MCCT’s Camanche-Pardee segment near Valley Springs in the Sierra Foothills. EBMUD’s announcement:
In our continuing efforts to support our trail users, we added a new loop trail located one and a half miles east of the Campo Seco Staging Area. This new segment of trail branches off the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) to the northwest at Lawry Flat, winding through beautiful rolling hills above Pardee Reservoir. Pardee View vista point (open now) and the spur trail to the top of John Bull Peak (elevation 1053 feet) which will open later this year, offer spectacular vistas of the surrounding watershed landscape.
Visit our Camanche-Pardee segment for trail permits, maps, weather tips and safety guidelines. Share photos and comments here or on our FB page.
3rd Annual Mokelumne River Run announced
Join Elemental Running for the third annual Mokelumne River 50M/50K/Marathon/Half Marathon/8M. New this year — Half Marathon and support from Fleet Feet Stockton!
Race course is again along the beautiful Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail. Visit Elemental’s website for pictures and details.
April 20th, 2013
(Half Marathon and 8M start at 7am)
Camanche Lake South Shore Staging Area
Independence Flat Loop Trail Highlights
This map shows MCCT’s last area under construction by EBMUD. June 2nd, National Trails Days, is set to be an historic day! EBMUD estimates this trail’s construction will finally be completed.
- Over 1.16 miles of abandoned water ditch between Middle Bar and Big Bar will be developed as part of the new Independence Flat loop trail
- This loop does not extend or connect east to BLM’s new Mokelumne River Whitewater Trail Big Bar Launch & parking lot at Hwy 49
- New river access will be available along the trail. EBMUD will provide this information after the loop trail is opened. View the Google map below to learn more about river access using EBMUD’s Middle Bar Take Out located just across the river
Progress to Date:
- Conversion of ditch remains to trail tread started in August of 2011, relying on hand tools and hard work. On average, the crew completes 150 feet a day.
- The cross-country portion of trail is being built on 60% to 75% cross slope using a 1-ton mini excavator. With around 1,050 feet of the cross country portion complete, that leaves a balance of about 400 feet. Several gulch crossings were also developed.
Mokelumne Ultra Marathon is back
Another awesome trail race through the wildflowers! Sponsored by
April 21st, 2012
(8M starts at 8am)
Camanche Lake, California
Camanche Lake South Shore Staging Area
This event is limited to 100 runners, so register early!
The out-and-back course runs along the Mokelumne River Coast to Crest Trail and winds along the Mokelumne River past California’s historic mining towns and old mines. Drink in the beautiful scenic views of Camanche and Pardee Lakes, oak woodlands, gorgeous wildflowers, the “Longest Mile Trail,” and wildlife that often includes the majestic Bald Eagle.
April sees typical temperatures in the 50s ⁰F and 60s ⁰F, with high humidity.
Aid stations will be located every 4-8 miles and will stock a variety of hydration and nutrition.
|Aid station||Miles||Next Aid||Crew||Drop Bags|
|Lancha Plana Bridge
|Campo Seco Staging Area
|Gwen Mine Rd Crossing||23.4||2.3||X|
|Middle Bar Takeout
(50 Mile Turnaround)
|Gwen Mine Rd Crossing||28||6.9||X|
|Campo Seco Staging Area||39||8.3||X||X|
|Lancha Plana Bridge||47.3||4.1|
- Runners must wear their official race number on the front of their person, where it must be visible at all times.
- Each runner must complete the entire selected course under their own power in order to be eligible for a finisher award. Changes to a different distance are allowed provided they are communicated to an aid station as well as upon completion of the race.
- Each runner must carry all their own food, fluids and other supplies needed for use between aid stations.
- Runners may not accept aid from a support crew or any other source while on the course and in between aid stations and designated support locations, except in case of a medical emergency.
- Any entrant who is unable or does not desire to finish the race must continue to the nearest aid station. The runner must relinquish their race number to the aid station captain and state their decision to withdraw.
- Absolutely no littering. Please respect the natural beauty of our trails and the rights of everyone to enjoy them.
RACE START & TIME LIMITS
- 50M, 50K, and Marathon distances will start at 6:00am
- 8M will start at 8:00am
13-hour time limit for all distances. The course will close promptly at 7pm.
All times are local time (Pacific Daylight Time) on Saturday, April 21st, 2012
Online registration closes at midnight, Thursday, 4/19
If the race does not sell out, we will accept registrations at Packet Pickup Race Morning. Entry fees increase $10 at Packet Pickup.
**You must register by Thursday, April 12th in order to be guaranteed a shirt and your requested size!
CAN I GET A VOLUNTEER?!
Volunteers are an essential element of any race, but especially for trail races. And we have some of the best! Interested in volunteering? Let us know here. In additional to a sweet volunteer tee (you know you want one!), we thank you with free entry into any ERT race this year. And lots of hugs and kisses.
5:00-5:45am (All distances)
All participants will receive a technical shirt, a finisher award (upon completion of the registered event), and goodie bag. Awards will be presented for the top men’s and women’s finishers in each race.
Each participant will receive a raffle ticket for entry to win one of the raffle prizes provided by Elemental Running and Training and its generous sponsors and partners. Additional tickets will be available for purchase for $2 each or three for $5.
Winners must be present to receive all finisher awards and raffle prizes. No awards or prizes will be mailed.
All spectators, crew, friends, and family are welcome to relax at the start/finish area and enjoy the atmosphere while cheering on their runners. Plenty of food and beverages will be available, as well as a post-race barbeque. Additional meal tickets are available for purchase for $7.
Donations will be accepted on behalf of the designated charitable beneficiary.
The festival area may include booths and displays by ERT partners, with product samples, demonstrations, and items for sale, so don’t forget to bring some cash.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available, so contact ERT today if you or your organization wishes to be represented at the festival.
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Coming April 23rd!