In this issue:
1. “The Traverse” race on Saturday, September 8th
2. The Holy Jim, Trabuco and West Horse Thief Trails completely brushed
3. Running event in the Santa Ana’s on Sunday, February 4th
4. Hike the Morgan Trail on Sunday, January 28th
1. “THE TRAVERSE” RACE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH
Our new endurance event in 2007, “The Traverse,” is a 41-mile race with 7,000 +- total elevation gain. It will start at 5:00 a.m., which means most contestants will be done by 12:00 p.m. (7 hours) and get most of the climbing out of the way by 11:00 a.m.
After your feedback we decided to run the course from Black Star to the Trabuco Canyon Trail on the Main Divide. The start will be at Black Star Canyon Road and the finish will be at the end of Trabuco Creek Road and Trabuco Canyon Road (where the Pow Wow finish is). There will be one Aid Station at 4 Corners (Maple Springs and the Main Divide, a little over half of the way).
The event fee will be $65.00, which will include an event t-shirt, raffle prizes, food after the event, finishing awards for all finishers and CASH PAYOUT TO THE TOP 3 FINISHERS IN THE EXPERT AGE CATAGORIES AND EXPERT SINGLE SPEED CLASS. THERE MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 5 PARTICIPANTS IN EACH AGE GROUP OR THE AGE GROUP WILL BE COMBINED.
We will have the following classes and age groups:
Intermediate Class (male and female):
17 to 30
31 to 45
46 and up
Expert Class (male and female):
17 to 30
31 to 45
46 and up
Single Speed Class (male and female):
Intermediate (no age classes)
Expert (no age classes)
Only the expert classes will race for prize money, which will be determined based on participation and sponsorship cash provided by our major sponsors. We are hoping to have $500 for first place, $250 for second and $175 for third.
All those who finish will receive a finishing award.
Registration will open after the Toad Festival in May. Participation will be limited to 300.
From your feedback we believe this event will sell out like the Pow Wow so if you are serious about participating register as soon as registration opens.
2. THE HOLY JIM, TRABUCO AND WEST HORSE THIEF TRAILS BRUSHED
We had another great turnout at our trail work event last Saturday, January 20th. Thanks to all our volunteers, including the Trail Angels, which made it such a success!
We have now completely brushed the Holy Jim, Trabuco and West Horse Thief Trails and removed all the poison oak encroaching on the trails.
We gave a good two-year cut to 75 percent of these trails so in 2008 we can focus on repairing the Holy Jim and West Horse Thief Trails where the trail bed or their switchbacks are failing.
We will be taking February off from trail work so we can focus on the Pow Wow. Our next trail work event will be in late March or early April and we will be working on the Chiquita Trail.
3. RUNNING EVENT IN THE SANTA ANA’S ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH
On Sunday, February 4th there will be a 50-K and 50-Mile run in the Santa Ana’s. The course will include Harding Truck Trail, the Main Divide Road between Harding and West Horse Thief, the West Horse Thief Trail, The Trabuco Trail and the Holy Jim Trail.
We have a lot of traffic on the trails with participants of both the run(s) and the Pow Wow out practicing so please use care when on the trails and avoid them the day of the running event.
For more information on the event see the Saddleback Twin Peaks 50K and 50 mile run’s web site at:
4. HIKE THE MORGAN TRAIL ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 28TH
The Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Association (SAMNHA) of the Cleveland National Forest invites you to join us for a hike on the Morgan Trail in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness on Sunday, January 28th. We will be joined by an entomologist, geologist, and several naturalists. The trail is 5.4 miles, easy to moderate in difficulty.
Meet 8AM at the San Juan Loop Parking Lot (across from the Candy Store) on Ortega Highway (19 miles east of I-5 or 10 miles west of Grand Avenue in Lake Elsinore). We will shuttle from the parking lot to the Morgan Trailhead and hike one way on the trail. Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes early, wear appropriate clothing (long sleeves and long pants recommended), sturdy shoes, hat and sunscreen. Bring water and a snack. You are welcome to bring binoculars, camera, field guide books. Rain cancels the program.
End time: 2PM
Parking fee: $5 or Adventure Pass
If you would like more information on the hike or the Santa Ana Mountains Natural History Association go to: www.freewebs.com/santaanamountains or contact Debra Clarke, Wilderness/Trails Manager at 951.736.1811×3227 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 4
History Through Time
Geology caravan through the foothills
Saturday, March 31
Ecology of the South Main Divide Road area
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Butterfly Hike with the North American Butterfly Association
Saturday, May 5
Ecology of Hidden Ranch
Saturday, June 2
National Trails Day – West Horsethief/Trabuco trail loop hike
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Interpretive Hike and Insect Lighting at Caspers Wilderness Park
Saturday, August 18
Coastal Geology Walk
Saturday, September 29
Public Lands Appreciation Day – Twilight Hike at Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Sunday, October 21
Nature Hike at Starr Ranch National Audubon Sanctuary
Saturday, November 3
Hike the Harding Truck Trail and help search for the Neptune Crash site
Saturday, December 29
Trabuco Trail to see the Madrones