Google Earth

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

  1. Download Google Earth.
  2. Download the Upper Mokelumne River Canyon layer with all the waypoints.
  3. 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!
  • The Protected Areas Database shows land management boundaries, including USFS, NPS, BLM, reservation lands, private parcels and others. They are large files and will bog down your computer. Keep the layer off, zoom in, then open the layer. The previously linked .KMZ files incorporate the data from the official PAD database.

* Don’t trust your life to the information you gather from Google Earth.

 

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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 using the free ArcGISExplorer App (search term MCCT) or via the free ArcGISOnline site on your laptop. 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!

  1. The snow melted and the MCCT east of Lake Alpine to Ebbetts Pass is now open (note: not all trail signs are posted yet)
  2. 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 limited where trail enters 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.

John Bull opening flyer
Click to open PDF

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
6:00am
(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.

Notable facts:

    • 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 (link is good but is dated before Big Bar Launch)

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.

More information: call Steve Diers 209-772-8260 or sdiers@gmail.com

Mokelumne Ultra Marathon is back

 

Another awesome trail race through the wildflowers! Sponsored by

April 21st, 2012
6:00am
(8M starts at 8am)
Camanche Lake, California
Camanche Lake South Shore Staging Area

Register Now!

This event is limited to 100 runners, so register early!

COURSE

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.

Course Map

WEATHER

April sees typical temperatures in the 50s ⁰F and 60s ⁰F, with high humidity.

AID STATIONS

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
Start 0 4.1 X X
Lancha Plana Bridge
(8M Turnaround)
4.1 8.3
Campo Seco Staging Area
(Marathon Turnaround)
12.4 4.1 X X
McAfee Gulch
(50K Turnaround)
16.5 6.9
Gwen Mine Rd Crossing 23.4 2.3 X
Middle Bar Takeout
(50 Mile Turnaround)
25.7 2.3 X
Gwen Mine Rd Crossing 28 6.9 X
McAfee Gulch 34.9 4.1
Campo Seco Staging Area 39 8.3 X X
Lancha Plana Bridge 47.3 4.1
Finish 51.4 0 X X

PERFORMANCE RULES

  • 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

FEES

Online registration closes at midnight, Thursday, 4/19

50M  $70
50K    $50
Marathon    $50
8M     $35

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!

Register Now!

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.

PACKET PICK-UP

Race Morning
Start/Finish Area
5:00-5:45am  (All distances)
7:00-7:45am  (8M)

RACE DAY

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.

FINISH FESTIVAL

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.

TRAINING PROGRAMS

Train with Coach Jimmy and be ready for race day! Learn about coaching opportunities with Coach Jimmy.

RESULTS

Coming April 23rd!