Shuswap Trail News – Sept 20th

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Shuswap Trail News – Sept 20th

Welcome to fall, everyone!

Is it possible this is the very best of seasons for getting out on Shuswap Trails? Crisp cool air, lingering berries, spawning salmon, fall colours, and yes – the Larch will turn yellow and make the Larch Hills Traverse spectacular!

And its also fall trail inventory time. An excuse to go for a walk and check trails before they settle under a blanket of snow. Be sure to send in trail condition reports to our uber-steward, Clint, at trailreport@shuswaptrails.com. And if you’re looking for something a little more formal, let us know and we’ll send you a copy of the trail inventory form.

Remember: its also deer hunting season, so be aware, make noise, and wear visible clothing out on crown land trails.

Gotta get out there!

Here are the highlights:

  • Rubberhead Volunteer Trial Build – Tuesday Sept 24
  • Upcoming Hikes – Sept 28 and Oct 5
  • Shuswap Outdoors trail clearing – Sunday Oct 27
  • Shuswap Trail Stewardship Planning and Celebration – Sat Nov 9
  • Join the fall trail inventory
  • Logging at South Canoe trails
  • Shuswap Trails admin assistant posting
  • Whats the Trail Team working on?
  • And huge thanks to the RAP Attack Crew

Here are the details:

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Rubberhead Volunteer Trial Build – Tuesday Sept 24, 5 – 7 pm – There are new trails afoot (or should we say atire) in the Rubberhead Mountain Bike trail system. The new Veggie Delight trail has been completed thanks to a grant from Recreation Sites and Trails BC. This trail creates a new Blue (intermediate more difficult) alternate to the extreme classic Meatgrinder. Combine it with Muffin Top and the lower SeaDoo sections to ride a super sweet extended downhill through Hemlock and Cedar, with a spectacular new burm (can you say photo op?!?) Epic thanks to the summer trail team for all their work!

And there’s more underway: Join Jim Maybe for a short trail building blitz this Tuesday, Sept 24, from 5 – 7 pm. Meet at the 2 km trailhead kiosk sign on the 110 Forestry Road (4 km east of Salmon Arm). Come on out and see whats cooking.

And watch for a Rubberhead regroup and planning session in October!

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Upcoming Fall Hikes – Sept 28 and Oct 5 – Join with the Shuswap Trail Alliance, Shuswap Hospice, and Salmon Arm Recreation on the last two fall hikes exploring trails throughout the Shuswap.

  • NOTE: tomorrows hike has been postponed to Oct 5th.
  • September 28 we join Shirley Bates to hike Cougar Bluffs. This is a moderate hike.  Again meet at the WSalmon Arm Recreation Centre parking lot at 8:15 am for an 8:30 am departure.  Those in the Skimikin area can meet at Skimikin Campground at 9:.00 am.
  • October 5 we join Phil McIntyre-Paul to hike Tuktakamin Mountain near Falkland. This is a very difficult hike and is for experienced hikers.  Again, meet at the Salmon Arm Recreation Centre parking lot at 8:15 am for an 8:30 am departure. Or 9:00 am at the Falkland Community Hall on Hwy 97 through town. (4wheel drive vehicles will be needed to carpool up to the trailhead.)

The cost of each hike is $10 per individual or $25 per family.  Proceeds go to the Shuswap Hospice Society and to cover the cost of insurance. For further details and to register please call the Hospice Office at 250-832-7099.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Shuswap Trail Stewardship Planning Workshop and Celebration – Saturday Nov 9th, Planning Workshop 1:30 – 5:30 pm, Potluck Celebration (including BC Parks Acknowledgement) 5:30 – 7:00 pm. (LOCATION TBA) An invitation to all and any invested in, using, managing, or planning trails throughout the Shuswap – to review existing and planned trails, identify priorities, and look for opportunities to collaborate in the following year. Also – a time to celebrate all the good work done caring for and creating trails this year – including a chance to celebrate the acknowledgement as BC Parks Volunteer Organization of the Year. For info contact Phil at 250-804-1964.

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Shuswap Outdoors Club News – They’re the very original that got things started outdoors on foot in the Shuswap. Call 250-932-8729 for more info. Upcoming dates:

  • Bike KVRs Myra Canyon – Sunday Oct 20 – call 250-832-6522
  • Larch Hills Ungroomed Ski Trail Clearing – Sunday Oct 27 – call 250-832-6522
  • Annual Potluck Social & Show and Tell – Saturday Nov 16  call 250-832-8729

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Join the fall trail inventory – its fall trail inventory time. An excuse to go for a walk and check trails before they settle under a blanket of snow. Be sure to send in trail condition reports to our uber-steward, Clint, at trailreport@shuswaptrails.com. And if you’re looking for something a little more formal, let us know and we’ll send you a copy of the trail inventory form.

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NOTICE: Logging at South Canoe trails – South Canoe trail users should use extra caution, especially on the Forestry Road. Watch for logging traffic and obey all signs. Fall harvest is currently taking place in the area South of the light beacon at 3 km around the trails Mo Buddah, Jr, and Bear Den.

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Shuswap Trails admin assistant posting – The Shuswap Trail Alliance is interviewing for a self-motivated, highly organized, skilled administrative assistant ready to support the day-to-day operations of the organization. Responsibilities include office administration, project invoicing and payables, payroll, database, membership, volunteer, and PR communications. This is a part time, term position. Wage based on experience. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Submit a resume with references to phil@shuswaptrails.com.

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Whats the Trail Team working on? – We bid goodbye to our summer trail crew at the end of August, with huge huge thanks for all their good work (and great energy and spirit!). But projects continue: Kevin and a small fall team are currently completing a major greenway and wetland restoration with the City of Enderby and MV Beattie School (very very cool!). Also look for the addition of another kilometer to the Raspberry Hill section on the Larch Hills Traverse made possible through funding from Recreation Sites and Trails BC in partnership with CSRD Parks. And we’ve also been given the green light to start work with CSRD Parks and the Sorrento and Area Community Association on the new Mt Baldy trail just west of Sorrento. Watch for more trail signs to go up soon in and around Salmon Arm including Haney and South Canoe. And be sure to check out the new Pileated Woods Ow ls Prowl Bike Connector. Its a 500 meter yahoo ride between the new and old Auto Roads. Whee! Lots to celebrate. Stay tuned for more updates to come!

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And huge thanks to the RAP Attack Crew – our final word goes out to the entire RAP Attack Crew this season, who were spectacular working with us on trails throughout the Shuswap. Wow! They bruched, bucked, cut, sawed, and cleared their way through more blow down and kilometers than ever. And ended the season getting us started on the new Mt Baldy trail with a day long brushing blitz that readied nearly 2 kilometers of new trail corridor. To the whole team: our sincere thank you for everything you do for our communities!

See you out on the trails!
Phil McIntyre-Paul
The Shuswap Trail Alliance

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