North Trinity Hiking Trail PDFs...
Major North Trinity Events
Last modified on: Sunday, 14-Sep-2014 16:12:20 EDT
Trinity Lake Report and Drought Watch
9/14/14 -The lake is at 2,211', down 159'.
The lake has been taken down faster for a few weeks as the Bureau goes back on its word to not dump the lake for the artificial
"fall fish run." This is insane — junk science and politics at its worst.
The Bureau of Reclamation's irrational, unsustainable
behavior remains on track to leave the lake at the second lowest level on record. Given the likelihood of another
fairly dry winter, there is little hope for a significant recovery this winter. The water is primarily going down
the Sacrmento River for their fish and to lower salinity in the Sacramento Delta. It is absurd to attract fish
into the Sacramento only to strand them when the water runs out.
Despite Previous Promises For
No Fall Release, There Goes The Water...
Alert! Aug 22,2013: Today, the USBR
ordered an emergency release of Trinity Lake water
into the Klamath River. The linked table shows the release flows. This "emergency" nonsense
will result in at least an extra 3' reduction in lake level -- water that will not be available for the
real fish needs next year.
The high diversion to the Sacramento River for the Sac River Salmon and
salinity control in the Delta will continue.
With the forecast 50/50 chance for a dry 2015, shouldn't
we be saving water for next year? The fish kill-off next year with little lake water could be huge.
Different viewpoints on the decision:
New Water Bond Information:
Agriculture accounts for 80% of the non-enviromental water use in California. And Calif grows almost half
of the produce consumed in the US. Here are some interesting articles about ag water use:
Bowerman Barn and Ranch Work Party
The Bowerman Barn gang worked on the cemetery fence on Saturday, Sep 6. The old, USFS-installed fence was removed,
and the posts for a more historically accurate picket fence were installed. Also, USFS archeologists determined
that the cemetery is oriented to face the Alps, and therefore, removing the flora blocking the view would be in order.
The work crew was authorized to take out any dead trees and shrubs that could be removed with loppers.
- A proposal has been submitted for funding for the required NEPA for a new interpretive trail at the barn.
- See the project website.
If you're interested in helping with some of the projects, contact Carol Fall at 286-2855, email@example.com
Coffee Fire Trail Closures Reduced
On August 19, a new forest closure order was issued dramatically reducing the amount of wilderness closed to the public.
The latest map
shows that much of the Red Trinities north
of the fire have been reopened. Essentially, the area between Coffee Creek's North Fork and East Fork, from Coffee
Creek Road north to a line along the Granite Creek drainage northeast to Wolford Cabin, then east to the intersection
of the PCT and Granite Creek Trail, then south along Bloody Run trail past Doe Flat to East Fork Trail.
Granite Lake (the one northeast of Hodges Cabin, not the one up Swift Creek) and Doe Lake are closed. Stoddard Lake
and trail are open.
CONSERVE WATER !!
No matter where you get your water, please be VERY mindful of your water usage. We are in a severe
rainful in June was ZERO in Trinity Center. Whether you are on your own well, or on one of the mutual water companies, this
year will stress and test our water sources. Some wells have already dried up. Swift Creek and Coffee Creek have well below
normal flows. This will likely become critical over the next several weeks.
The remaining water meters are now being installed in Trinity Center. Soon we will have an idea how much water we are using
and can use this data to determine the effectiveness of conservation efforts. The water company will also be able to identify
users who are wasting vast quantities of water on needless irrigation.
The water meters read cubic feet of water. To understand your water use, take a meter reading. When you take the next meter
reading, subtract the first reading and multiply the result by 7.48 gallons per cubic foot. Use all the digits (white and black)
and don't bother with the dial gauge (which reads fractions of a cubic foot.) This calculation will tell you how many gallons you
used between the meter readings. Try doing it daily for awhile to get a sense of how much you use per day. Make a point of doing
the calculation when your outdoor sprinklers have run, and another calculation on a day when your sprinklers have not run.
That will let you know how much water you are using outdoors.
Some ideas that will help:
- Minimize your outdoor irrigation. You don't need to water your lawn for hours every day, or even every other day. Do NOT
water in the afternoon. The heat of the day is the WRONG time to irrigate. That is the maximum time of evaporation, and you
are just wasting water. Set your sprinker timers for 15 minutes at 4am. In any case, avoid watering between 9am and 7pm.
- Reduce your irrigation by 1/2. Most systems we see around town are over-watering the gardens and lawns.
- Convert gardens to drop systems.
- Do not water on weekends. That is when peak domestic usage occurs as our visitors and part-timers come to town. Set your
sprinklers to water twice during the week.
- Don't water needlessly. You are not preventing fire or reducing your risk by watering pine needles. Removing the pine needles
is FAR more effective than keeping them wet.
Discover Hiking and Jeeping in the Trinity Alps
Hiking in the Trinities will leave you with life-long memories of alpine lakes, fresh air, and amazing wilderness.
You can start your exploration with our growing collection of hike writeups.
The Granite Lake hike was recently added.
Jeep trip writeups are starting to appear on the
North Trintiy Lake Info page!
You'll notice that many of our write-ups are appearing in the Trinity Lake Shopper!
TPUD Community Workshop 3/3
Trinity PUD's General Manager Paul Hauser presented TPUD's very early plan to move
TPUD power lines out of the forest to the Highway 3 easements. The plan has "first glance"
concept approval by CalTrans and USFS.
Those attending the workshop had a lot of questions. The consensus from the group was
to move forward to the next step of the plan, which is serious discussion with the USFS.
Where appropriate and economical, sections of lines would be moved as a section
"ages out" or is in need of major repair. The entire project county-wide could take 15 years.
Here are links to large PDF maps of the power lines in the Trinity Lake area:
Existing: South Lake (3MB)
Existing: Highway 3 (4MB)
Existing: Coffee Creek/East Fork (3MB)
Trinity County Code Enforcement
Here are a few quick links to documents on the Trinity County website:
Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Delta Tunnels
as more people become aware of the Governor's proposal to divert Northern Calif water south through
two 32-foot diameter tunnels under the Delta. You can read much about this plan on our Stop
the Tunnels page. Below are some recent articles and news: