Happy New Year to all of you,

Come join the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail’s first work party of 2013 –   Saturday January 19th! Get a start on your New Year’s resolutions – outdoor exercise, meet new and interesting people, exploring new places, doing community volunteer work and most important … having fun!  Your efforts keep the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail open for year-round use!  Please bring your friends as many hands make light work.

 When:   January 19 – Saturday     8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

 Where:  Meet at Buncom (intersection of Little Applegate Road and Sterling Creek Road) for carpool to the Bear Gulch Trailhead on Little Applegate Road.

 What:   Brushing and minor tread work on the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail from Bear Gulch Trailhead over the Wolf Gulch By-pass to base of Wolf Gap Access Trail.  We’ll hike about 3 miles each way, passing a waterfall, historic stacked-stone retaining walls, and weather permitting—have fabulous views of the Siskiyou Crest!

 What to Bring:  Wear comfortable hiking or work boots, dress in layers, loppers or pruning saw.  If you have a Pulaski, Grubber, or sturdy shovel, bring it—we’ll be doing some minor root digging and tread work.    Bring water and whatever snacks you like.   SUTA will provide tread tools (Pulaskis, Grubbers) and our renowned mid-morning baked goods snack!

 Weather Contingencies:  Current weather forecast is for a sunny, 50 degree day.  We cancel work parties ONLY if serious weather threatens (pouring rain, blinding snow).  Occasional showers, mist, or flurries don’t deter us…but check the SUTA website late Friday if you have doubts.

 And if you are planning your calendar our next work parties are the third Saturday of Feb, March and April – Feb 16th, March 16th and April 20th!

 We’re looking forward to seeing you out on the trail.

Thanks for your help.

 Hope Robertson

SUTA

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