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Trail Daze set for June 5

Shannon Morrow
Sports Editor
6/2/2010


Many hands make light work, and when you’re building trails with other fun people while looking forward to a barbecue and party afterwards, it hardly even seems like work.

This Saturday, June 5, the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is hosting the Lost Sierra Trail Daze, which will be based out of Graeagle and feature five different projects.

The event will be an opportunity to celebrate National Trails Day while bonding with other community members who value outdoor recreation in Plumas County.

“This year’s celebration is only the beginning,” said Greg Williams, the executive director of SBTS. “We hope to grow the event into the largest trail event in the country.

“By hosting National Trails Day in Graeagle, we’ll be able to tackle important community projects, as well as bring national attention to how beautiful Plumas County is and the many recreational opportunities the area has to offer.”

The day will begin at 9:30 a.m., when SBTS crew leaders will organize volunteers near the work sites. The trail work will go until 2:30 p.m., and light breakfast snacks and a sack lunch will be provided.

All the crews will meet back in Graeagle for a barbecue from 3-5 p.m. and then live music by Rusty Evans and the Ring of Fire, a Johnny Cash tribute band.

Santa Cruz bicycles and Red Stripe Brewery sponsor the event. Free camping for all volunteers is available Friday and Saturday nights in downtown Graeagle.

In conjunction with the Lost Sierra Trail Daze, a community expo will be held Saturday on the Green in Graeagle. Local organizations will provide information on projects happening throughout the community.

There will also be fun attractions for kids. The town of Portola will set up its bounce house to promote Railroad Days, and Smokey Bear will make an appearance during the barbecue.

The four trail projects Saturday will be the Graeagle Community Pathway, the Mills Peak Trail, the Lake Davis Trail and the Gray Eagle Creek Trail.

Volunteers working on the Lake Davis Trail will meet at the Lake Davis Trailhead, located at the intersection of Grizzly Road and Lake Davis Road, at 9:30 a.m.

For those working on the other three trail projects, meet on the Green next to the Bike Shop in Graeagle at 9:30 a.m.

All volunteers are encouraged to RSVP so that food quantities can be planed. Register online at sierratrails.org, call Emily Williams at 836-4333, or e-mail her at emily@sierratrails.org.

“This event is for people of all ages and abilities, and a fantastic way to support the trails, give back to the community and meet other trail enthusiasts,” said Emily Williams, program director for SBTS.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and close-toed shoes, preferably boots or hiking shoes, but sneakers are also OK. Volunteers should also bring water, gloves and a hat or sunscreen.

There will also be a creek cleanup, in partnership with Feather River Trout Unlimited, which will take place Saturday afternoon between the Blairsden Bridge and Mohawk Bridge. Meet at the Coyote Bar and Grill parking lot at 1:30 p.m.

Even for those who aren’t able to work on any of the projects, the public is still encouraged to come out to Graeagle and enjoy the festivities.

The next day, there will be informal groups gathering for road bike rides, mountain bike rides and hikes.

The Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship is a non-profit organization that works to preserve, restore and enhance the trails in and around the Sierra Buttes area.

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