Description: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the National Park Service (NPS) worked with the City of Redding to design a route that allows hikers, bicyclists and equestrians to link Redding, California with Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (Whiskeytown). Rather than a completely new trail, the Shasta Trinity Trail is envisioned as a regional trail connecting both existing local trails already in use and constructing new trail links to enhance recreational use and eliminate portions of old roads or trails that are too steep or have resource concerns.
In June 1998, Superintendent Dave Pugh and Don Neptune of Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve requested assistance from NPS's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program to develop a trail along Clear Creek. Following a meeting facilitated by RTCA staff and involving 35 community members in April 1999, a proposal was submitted by NPS, BLM, the City of Redding, Congressman Herger's Office, Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve and the Trails and Bikeways Council of Greater Redding requesting assistance from RTCA to develop a draft plan for the Shasta Trinity Trail. The draft plan was completed in December 2000.
The draft plan identified travel corridors that could link the Sacramento River, Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake with surrounding population centers, such as Redding, and Weaverville, California. It proposed a trail link between the City of Redding's interior trails system (near Mary Lake), Whiskeytown and Trinity Lake. To complete the link, the trail would need to pass through private property and BLM public land on its way to Whiskeytown.
The BLM (Bill Kuntz), NPS (Jim Milestone), City of Redding (Terry Hanson) and the California Conservation Corps met in Spring 2002 to coordinate a construction plan to link the area by trail, from Mary Lake (Westside Trail) to Whiskeytown. A field trip was held and a general location of the route was determined.
In Fall 2003, the BLM and the NPS hired the California Conservation Corps (CCC) to construct the Shasta Trinity Trail. The trail begins at Swasey Drive Recreation Area on BLM land and continues to NPS land where it connects to Whiskeytown's Salt Creek Trail. The 5.5-mile trail is comprised of 1.1-miles of NPS land and 4.4-miles of BLM land.
The NPS portion of the trail was funded with $10,000 from the agency's Challenge Cost Share Program and matching funds from the State of California's California Conservation Corp's. Matching funds come from Proposition 12 Park Bond funding (State of California Bond) which requires a match from cooperating agencies.
BLM committed over $40,000 for the development of their portion of the Shasta Trinity Trail and for the development of an additional eight mile section of trail, both located in the Swasey Drive Area (BLM land adjacent to Whiskeytown). The California Conservation Corps matched approximately $30,000 of that funding.
On February 12, 2004, thirty volunteers assisted NPS and BLM in completing the final 200 yards of the new trail. Eighteen of the volunteers were part of the CCC's Crew 29 which volunteered their time on their day off.
Once the 30 volunteers completed the trail, Superintendent Jim Milestone, Bureau of Land Management's Anastasia Lytle, Recreation Planner, Marion Schmitz of the Trails and Bikeway Council and Crew 29 of the CCC cut a ceremonial ribbon opening the trail for public use. Superintendent Milestone stated, "This trail could have only been built through the partnership effort of all the different agencies, user groups, and volunteer participation from the planning committees to those swinging the pulaskis. The Shasta Trinity Trail is one of three trails built solely for the purpose of recreation, while all the other trails in the park have incorporated abandoned mining and logging roads from back in the 1850s."
The trail project has been warmly welcomed by hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The cooperation between NPS, the City of Redding, BLM and local trail volunteers has been a tremendous example of community cooperation.
Geographic area covered: The 5.5 -mile trail crosses the Shasta Divide that separates the Sacramento River Watershed from the Clear Creek watershed. The trail allows people to hike from one watershed to the next, or from Redding into the backcountry of Whiskeytown.
Of the three parts of the Whiskeytown - Shasta - Trinity National Recreation Area, the Whiskeytown Unit is the only unit administered by the NPS.
List of Partners and Relationships: This collaborative effort enjoyed wide support from the community, local agencies, and local groups. Supporters included the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, City of Redding, the Redding Mountain Bikers, Shasta Wonderland running club (SWEAT), and the Trails and Bikeways Council and the California Conservation Corps.
Accomplishments to date: 5.5 miles of new trail have been built between the BLM and the NPS lands allowing the public a safe and beautiful entry into Whiskeytown. Now one can hike from Whiskeytown all the way to the Trinity Alps. This is the first step of building a trail dedicated for the sole purpose of recreation, linking Redding with the Trinity Alps. This link will eventually connect to a larger existing trail plan that has many sections already completed. Twenty miles west of Whiskeytown are the Trinity Alps.
Key success factors: Funds from NPS and BLM allowed the park to do cost sharing with the State of California's California Conservation Corps. The state has a wonderful program of hiring young adults to do conservation work outdoors and, with supplemental funding, help federal agencies with work such as trail building in national parks.
Most important lessons learned to date: Partnering outside agencies with volunteer groups can lead to productive results if good projects are designed with goals that benefit the public.
What would you do differently next time: In the future, we will establish sections of un-built trail and have them ready for construction so more of the public can be involved.
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Information on the trail and partners is available at the following websites: www.nps.gov/pwro/rtca/shasta-trinity.htm and www.reddingtrails.com.
For more information:
Name: Jim Milestone
Affiliation: Superintendent, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Name: Bill Kuntz
Affiliation: Recreation Program Lead, Bureau of Land Management
Name: Terry Hanson
Affiliation: Manager of Community Projects, City of Redding
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Prepared by: Jim Milestone Date posted: 05/27/03