New trails are being developed and others are being improved for mountain bikers, walkers and equestrians in the Klamath Basin.
The Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council met in Klamath Falls earlier this month and toured portions of the 100-mile long OC&E-Woods Line State Trail.
Advisory members heard reports on regional trails projects, including ongoing development of the Gerber/Potholes Recreation Trail at Gerber Reservoir, plans for the possible Swan Lake Trail and updates on the partially completed Klamath Ridge View Trail.
Klamath Ridge View Trail
The 4-1/2 mile Klamath Ridge View Trail begins in Moore Park, follows easements overlooking Lakeshore Drive and ends at the Buck Ridge subdivision.
Plans are for it to cross Lakeshore Drive to connect with trails at the Running Y Ranch Resort.
The Klamath Ridge View Trail is seen as the first phase of the larger Great Klamath Circle, a multi-use, multi-season trail.
As envisioned by Bob Williams, who outlined plans for the trails group, the Great Circle would be used by hikers, bicyclists, mountain bikers, horseback riders and cross country skiers. The route would extend upward of 300 miles, from Klamath Falls to Crater Lake National Park, Collier Memorial State Park, Swan Lake Ridge and other areas.
Joe Slaughter, representing the city of Klamath Falls, emphasized the Klamath Ridge Trail is a stand-alone route designed for hikers and mountain bikers. While the entire trail is in place, he said, work this spring and summer will enhance the trail and make some minor route adjustments.
"It's usable. It can definitely be improved," he said.
Slaughter said the city needs to overcome cultural and other concerns before building a trail connecting the Link River Trail with Moore Park trails.
The city also is working to prevent the sprawl of unauthorized mountain bike trails in Moore Park, including some on private lands.
"We're trying to learn what we have and what we want to do with them," Slaughter said.
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