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Break Through: Trans-Kalmiopsis Route

Posted By on Jul 7, 2014

SMC Crew Brings Route To Passable Standard But They’re Not Done Yet In 2010 Siskiyou Mountain Club volunteers started working to restore a 26-mile network of trails that had been severely damaged by the 2002 Biscuit Fire, and left to fill in with fire-killed trees and overgrown with brush. Five seasons later our youth crew knocked through the last impassable sections of the route from Babyfoot Lake Trailhead to Vulcan Lake...

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Resupply Trip Report

Posted By on Jul 1, 2014

Volunteers Resupply 18-day Trail Crew 30 June 2014 | Brookings, OR — Volunteers were busy over the weekend supplying an SMC trail crew deep in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. On Thursday morning four SMC hikers packed their bags full of 120 pounds of supplies and began a soggy 10-mile hike from Vulcan Lake Trailhead to Box Canyon Creek. The last three miles of the trail into Box Canyon drop over 3,200 feet in elevation....

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Dispatch: June 22, 2014

Posted By on Jun 22, 2014

22 June 2014 | Brookings, OR– Our seasonal youth crew (Chetco 1) has broken through to Box Canyon Creek, 10-miles from the Vulcan Lake Trailhead. The entire route from Vulcan Lake Trailhead to Box Canyon Camp is now is clear and passable for the first time since the 2002 Biscuit Fire. There are still some “step over” logs and short brushy sections, especially near Johnson Butte. The crew had been camping at a...

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Meet The Crew: Kayla Webre

Posted By on Jun 12, 2014

Kayla Webre: “It’s a story that’s going to become part of my life.” We hired Kayla Webre of Brookings, OR back in May because it sounded like she had a flexible attitude. Since then she’s spent three weekends on the trail learning the basics of backcountry travel. She says she applied for the opportunity after hearing about her parents’ experiences in the Forest Service. “It’s a story...

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June 22-22 or June 26-29: Hike Into The Kalmiopsis With A Mission June 20 – 22: Hike 7-9 miles in from the Vulcan Lake Trailhead with the mission of supplying our extended crew with food and supplies. They’re working in the Kalmiopsis through July 4. Stay overnight with them and start the hike back on Saturday morning. Saturday night we’ll camp near Johnson Butte or Vulcan Lake. Pack light to afford food and weight...

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SMC Youth Crew Embarks On Siskiyou Highlands And Finds Their Way Back Down Last weekend was the last of three training sessions for our hired crew. So I took them out to Rough & Ready Creek, handed them a map and had them lead the way. “We need to get to here,” I said, pointing to a plateau on the map, and they started making their way straight up a steep slope, finally reaching a ridge defined by peridotite outcrops....

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Three Hikes You Must Do

Posted By on May 30, 2014

SMC Crews Have Been Busy Go Enjoy Their Work Do you want to help keep these trails open? Join the Siskiyou Mountain Club today with a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more. Membership options Red Buttes Membership $25.00 USD Siskiyou Summit Membership $50.00 USD Cascade-Siskiyou Family Membership $100.00 USD Rough & Ready Supreme Membership $250.00 USD Sand County Scholars Circle $1,000.00 USD Babyfoot Lake — Located just...

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Hike From Babyfoot Lake to the Upper Chetco River After years of tedious, tenacious and strenuous work, volunteers have the nine-mile route from Babyfoot Lake Trailhead to the Chetco River looking better than ever. Last weekend we maxed out our group size limit and 12 volunteers set out to clear thick brush and logs from the route. On Saturday, May 24 the crew backpacked five-miles from Babyfoot Lake to a seasonal water source and...

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Thank You Members and Volunteers

Posted By on May 28, 2014

Members And Volunteers: The Difference You Make Is Clear Here are some of our favorite before-after shots from the last six or so months. When you come out and volunteer, or choose to give, your generosity goes a long way. Sign up for a volunteer trip or join our growing membership today. Bailey Cabin Trail, Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The brush grows exceptionally fast here because there’s no canopy. Brush may not keep hikers from...

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Attn: Equestrians, Runners, Hikers

Posted By on May 20, 2014

SMC Needs Trail Scouters 20 May 2014 | Marial, OR — We are looking for trail scouters. We have a number of routes that need to be inventoried for trail conditions so we can make future project plans. Scouters go out on their own time to hike, run, or ride specific trails we need information for. They keep a detailed account of trail conditions, and report them back to us. The trails we need data from are remote and sometimes...

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