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									                  The Mokelumne Monitor
                  The newsletter of the Mokelumne Trailbusters                                 Fall 2009

                  Bridging a Gap in the Trail!
  Mid-August brought the installation of a new trail
  bridge at Poormans Gulch (see photo at right).
  While this project was a lengthy and difficult one,
  the view alone was worth the wait. Just by itself the
  bridge is worth the hike or ride to see, but the
  surrounding area is brimming with history as well.
  This soon-to-be opened stretch of trail starts at the
  Lower Log Boom and meanders through James Bar,
  Rich Gulch, Poormans Gulch, and Jackass Gulch
  before arriving at Middle Bar.

  With the installation of signs, sign-in booths,                                The new bridge over Poormans Gulch.2
  motorcycle barriers, and trail gates, this newest 2.7
  mile section will be completed; creating 28.1 miles                 Property for the Gwin Mine was acquired by Wm.
  of continuous Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail                        M. Gwin, California's first U.S. Senator, in 1851.
  (MCCT) open to the public for hiking and                            After yielding millions of dollars in gold, the Gwin
  horseback-riding. As with all of EBMUD’s trails,                    Mine closed in 1908.
  access is through one of the staging areas and
  requires an EBMUD Trail Use Permit. (See page 8                     The historic Garaventa Ranch and homestead was
  to get detailed trail permit information.)                          located in Poormans Gulch. If the mosquitoes were
                                                                      as bad then as they are today in the Jackass Gulch
  Early mining at James Bar produced large amounts                    area, perhaps that is how it got its name; a miner
  of gold where 30 to 50 ounce nuggets were not                       working a claim in this gulch, under these
  uncommon. The area was originally called Lower                      conditions, would be considered one.
  Bar (or Sonorian Town because of the many
  Mexican miners) and in 1848 James Bar was a                         Wide, shallow bends in the river like the Middle Bar
  thriving regularly-arranged town with a population                  stretch became popular crossing points during the
  of about 300. However, their homes were only                        gold rush. However, Middle Bar also became a
  sapling houses, made without walls, and simply                      trading center with a lively gambling scene, stores,
  roofed with loose oak boughs.                                       an inn, and a school. The Grambis and Page Ferry
                                                                      carried people, freight, and mules across the river to
  Lower Rich Gulch and nearby Gwin Mine were                          access camps to the north and south. The ferry was
  mined for placer gold in 1849. Gold bearing quartz                  replaced by the first toll bridge over the Mokelumne
  was discovered in the area by J. Alexander in 1851.
                                                                                                               (continued on page 9 )

The Mokelumne Monitor is the biannual newsletter of the Mokelumne Trailbusters and is published by EBMUD. Articles are
welcome! Submit to EBMUD Watershed and Recreation, 5883 E. Camanche Parkway, Valley Springs, CA 95252. For volunteer
program/project information, go to We are working to make this
newsletter available electronically whenever possible (to save trees and reduce costs). To be placed on our email list call Steve Diers
at (209) 772-8260 or Lisa Stuart/April Hughes at (209) 772-8204. Fax: (209) 772-8264. Email:

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         Fall & Winter 2009 - 2010                                    TABLE OF CONTENTS
           Trailbuster Schedule
                                                             Bridging a Gap in the Trail.................. 1
                                                             Trailbuster Schedule .............................2
☺ October 17                Trailbuster Work Day
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #              Cave Art Tour & Heritage Gardens .....3
                                                             Tick Talk. ...............................................4
     October 31             Native American Cave
                                                             Hats Off to John & JJ............................5
                            Paintings Tour▲ #
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM                Become a Trailbuster ............................5
                            (Reservation Required)           Eagle Viewing........................................6
                            (See page 3 for details.)
                                                             The Longest Mile Wildflower Hike .......7
☺ November 14               Trailbuster Work Day             Trail Use Permits & Tarantula .............8
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #              Bridging a Gap (continued) ..................9
     November 28            Thanksgiving - No Work Day       Again (poetry)........................................9
                                                             MCCTC Update..........................10 & 11
∇ December 12               Heritage Garden Work Day
                                                             Mokelumne Area Map ............Back Page
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #
                            (See page 10 for details.)
                                                                             Schedule (continued)
                     Christmas - No Work Day
      December 26 Meet @ Campo Seco Staging Area
                      (#15 on map)
☺     January 9             Trailbuster Work Day              April 17               CA Trails Day
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #                                      Details in next newsletter.
☺     January 23            Trailbuster Work Day              April 21-23            CA Trails Conference
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #                            

☺     February 6            Trailbuster Work Day
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #
                                                                             Schedule Symbols
☺     February 20           Trailbuster Work Day           # Please RSVP Steve Diers at (209) 772-8260 or
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #     prior to attending.
☺     March 6               Trailbuster Work Day           ▲ Ideal for families and youth groups
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #
                                                           ☺ Meet @ EBMUD Office, 5883 E. Camanche
☺     March 20              Trailbuster Work Day             Parkway, Campo Seco…………………. (#3 on map)
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #
                                                              Meet @ Camanche South Shore Recreation Area
      April 3               Longest Mile Wildflower Hike      …………………………………………. (#4 on map)
                            9:00 AM – 3:00 PM #
                            (See page 7 for details.)      ∇ Meet @ Campo Seco Staging Area……. (#9 on map)

                                                              Meet @ Middle Bar Take Out Parking Lot
                                                              ……………………………………….. (#11 on map)

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  Native American Cave                                              Heritage Gardens
      Paintings Tour
                                                                             Work Day
WHEN: October 31, 2009 • 9:00 AM-3:00 PM                            When: December 12, 2009 • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
WHERE: Camanche South Shore Staging Area (#4                        Where: Campo Seco Staging Area (#9 on map).
on map).
                                                                    Activities: Under the tutelage of Rosarian/Master
ACTIVITIES: We will take the “ankle express”                        Gardener Judy Dean and Master Gardener and long
(walk) to the Canal Cave site, stopping periodically                time Trailbuster Lorraine Morrison, we will conduct
to view the local fauna and talk about Native                       the annual pruning and fertilizing of the plants in the
American plant uses. The location of the canal                      Wildermuth gardens and make repairs to the drip
caves is rich in natural history; this area was used by             irrigation system. Bat guano collected at the
both Native Americans and the subsequent gold                       artificial bat cave inside one of the spillways, on the
mining community. Come experience the beautiful                     north arm of Pardee Reservoir, will be used to
pictographs, learn their origin, and the history of the             fertilize the plants in the garden. Protective fencing
area. Round trip is 2-3 miles with most of the route                and mulch are added around heritage roses to protect
being a moderate grade, but without shade. Because                  them. This work is accomplished by using hand
this site is behind locked gates and is not accessible              tools to prune vegetation, repair drip system, and
to the public without a ranger, we will arrive                      move clippings. We will take our lunch break next
together and leave together.                                        to the wood stove inside the Historic Wildermuth
                  Meet @ Campo Seco Staging Area                    House.
BRING: Please bring a bag lunch, long pants,
                   (#15 on map)
comfortable hiking shoes, backpack, canteen, sun                    Bring: Please bring a bag lunch, drinking water,
screen, insect repellent, poison oak ointment,                      sunscreen, and insect repellent. Also, please wear
binoculars, and a camera.                                           sturdy work shoes and a sun hat (long pants are
REGISTRATION: Advanced registration is
required as space is limited. Please RSVP beginning                 Registration: Advance registration is required as
October 13, to Steve Diers at or                   space is limited. Please RSVP beginning November
(209) 772-8260.                                                     17, to Steve Diers at or (209)
MINORS: We welcome children who are age 7 or
older (younger children tend to become bored).                      Information: Participants under 18 must have
Those under 18 must have written permission from a                  written permission from a parent or guardian and
parent or guardian; an adult must accompany those                   those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
under 16.                                                           There is no charge for this event. No pets or alcohol
NOTE: You may encounter poison oak. Please take
the appropriate precautions.

INFORMATION: There is no charge for this
event. No pets or alcohol permitted.

                                                                          The rear of the Wildermuth House in 1926.5

Reprinting any portion (in part or whole) of these announcements without permission from EBMUD is strictly prohibited;
including posting of the events on any public calendar, whether electronic or printed (see contact information on front cover).

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     Excerpts from Education is the Best Prevention for Lyme Disease & Co-Infections by Steve Diers

     Western Black-legged Tick: In its unfed state, the nymph (immature tick) is about the size of a poppy seed
     (1⁄25 inch long). It has four pair of legs, a dark brownish black plate on its back, and a light-colored,
     translucent abdomen. Once they attach to a person, the nymphs feed for about 4-5 days before they detach
     and drop off. The unfed adult female is about 1⁄8 inch long, has long mouthparts, brownish-black legs, a
     dark brownish-black plate that covers the anterior half of its back, and a reddish-orange abdomen. Attached
     females feeding on a host may expand to 3⁄8 inch in length, or longer. At 1⁄10 inch, adult males are smaller
     than females, somewhat oval shaped and brownish black.

     Know Where the Ticks Occur: The nymphs abound in hardwood forests or woodlands, mixed chaparral,
     madrone forest, and redwood forests, but they are much less abundant or accessible in more open habitats
     such as grassland. The adults are commonly encountered in open grass or chaparral (brushlands), in fringe
     areas where two vegetation types merge (e.g., where grassland abuts with either brush or forest); and along
     the margins of trails (especially in shaded moist ecotones, north facing uphill vegetative borders of hillside
     trails) in parklands and wildlands, in semirural communities, and in some suburban areas that support
     surrounding populations of deer and other wildlife. Adults climb low vegetation, such as grass or brush, and
     lie in wait for hours or days while seeking their preferred medium- to large-sized hosts, such as rabbits, dogs,
     or deer. Consequently, humans incidentally encounter adult ticks during recreational activities or working in
     various types of grassland or brushland habitats. In one study,1 about 85% of the adult ticks that infested the
     clothing of people walking through grassland did so between the ankle and the knee.

     Know When Ticks Occur: In northern California, people appear to be most at risk in spring until about
     midsummer, especially from April through July, when the nymphs are abundant. People are more apt to be
     exposed to the adult ticks at certain times of day (e.g., early morning/late afternoon on clear, warm days)
     because adult tick activity increases with relative humidity and decreases with higher temperatures. Adult
     ticks seek their hosts from late fall to spring, but are most active during winter. Thus, simply minimizing or
     avoiding prolonged contact with either grass or brush in these conditions will greatly reduce one’s exposure
     to the adult ticks.

     Personal Protection Equipment: Wear light-colored long pants and long sleeves so you can easily see any
     ticks. Tuck shirt into pants and tuck pants into socks. Another option now available is insect repellant
     clothing – clothing that comes pretreated with repellant that stays in the garments for many washes. Insect
     Shield(R) apparel and accessories are available now from top brands such as L.L. Bean, Orvis, ExOfficio,
     REI, Sloggers, RailRaiders, Outdoor Research, Tilley, Zorrel, Carolina Manufacturing, Buff and others.

     Use pesticides in a Responsible Manner: Always follow the manufacturer’s directions. Whenever possible,
     treat clothing with sprays containing permethrin to repel or kill ticks. In a field test conducted by the
     Minnesota Insect-Borne Disease Education Council in Northern Minnesota, permethrin products were found
     to out-perform the DEET-containing tick repellents. A walking shoe was sprayed with Duranon 0.5%
     permethrin: three weeks later it was tested against its matching mate that was sprayed with Deep Woods Off
     with 35% DEET. The ticks that made contact with the Duranon shoe immediately rolled up and dropped off.
     The ticks on the soaking wet DEET saturated shoe continued to crawl unimpaired. DEET is an excellent
     mosquito repellent, but appears to be a very poor tick repellent; permethrin causes ticks to die on contact. If
     using a DEET product, please be aware that DEET has been associated with human case histories of
     neurological damage and even death, and products greater than 40% were restricted in some states. It is
     recommended that products applied on exposed skin of adults contain 25% (or less) DEET and 10% on
1.   Lane, R. S. Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley, LYME DISEASE IN CALIFORNIA, Integrated Pest Management for Home Gardeners
     and Landscape Professionals, October 2008, University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources

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 Hats Off to JJ and John from Kent Lambert
 I was pleased to be present at the Volunteer Awards ceremony held on April 4th at the Wildermuth House near
 Pardee Reservoir. I always enjoy the event, particularly the part where Ranger Naturalist II and Volunteer
 Coordinator Steve Diers recounts the work and accomplishments of the
 dedicated volunteers known as the Mokelumne Trailbusters.

 This year’s event was especially remarkable because two of the
 volunteers who have been involved with the program since the earliest
 days – JJ Limbaugh and John Willard – became the very first
 volunteers to reach the 15-year milestone for participation. Both of
 these men have helped carry the program on their backs by
 volunteering their time and energy to build trails and plant trees on
 EBMUD watershed lands for all of these years. And strong backs they
 are! For many years John carried his young daughter Kelly on his back
                                                                                  JJ (left) and John displaying
 while working the trail and JJ has been known to push a fully laden        certificates and pins presented to them
 wheelbarrow with the best.                                                     at the 2009 awards ceremony.1

 The trail system has always been the primary focus of the volunteer program and, with the completion of the
 30-plus miles of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail now on the near horizon, it is an exciting time indeed to be
 a part of the effort. JJ and John, on behalf of EBMUD, I applaud you for your hard work and dedication, and
 my hat is off to you.

  Are You Interested In Becoming A Mokelumne Trailbuster?
  The Mokelumne Trailbusters, a dedicated group of volunteers managed by East Bay Municipal Utility District
  (EBMUD), are involved with land stewardship projects in Amador and Calaveras Counties. The primary
  focus of project work is on construction of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT). Volunteers are
  pleasantly surprised by how good they feel, both physically and mentally, after spending the day working with
  great people, in a beautiful setting, on such a worthwhile project.

  Volunteers meet every 2 weeks throughout the year and projects usually last 6 hours; however, start and end
  times vary with the season. Typically, during a Trailbuster Work Day, the Ranger(s) shares his/her knowledge
  of the nearby natural and cultural features. In addition, the Trailbuster Work Schedule includes outings such
  as Bald Eagle tours, Wildflower hikes, Native American Cave Paintings tours, Gold Rush History tours, the
  annual California & National Trail Days hike/work projects, volunteer awards ceremony, and other activities.

  Volunteers who contribute at least 20 hours in a year receive a certificate of appreciation, a volunteer pass
  (which entitles them to a 50% discount on parking at EBMUD’s Pardee and Camanche Recreation Areas), and
  a complimentary 1-year Trail Use Permit. Those who contribute 40 or more hours in a year also receive the
  uniform of the Mokelumne Trailbusters – a Trailbuster Tee Shirt. All volunteers who contribute a minimum
  of 20 hours in a year are invited to the annual Trailbuster awards BBQ where 1-year, 3-year, 5-year, 10-year,
  15-year, and 20-year pins are presented.

  EBMUD provides the tools and training for all volunteer projects which are performed in a variety of weather
  conditions, including light rain. So participants should be prepared and should wear comfortable, sturdy shoes
  and work clothes (long pants), gloves, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Also, don’t forget to bring a lunch,
  water, and a backpack. Advanced registration is required as the information is used to tailor projects to
  accommodate the size of the work group. Volunteers under 18 years of age need written permission from a
  parent or guardian, and an adult must accompany those under 16. Power tools, alcohol, and pets are not
  allowed on the volunteer projects. To volunteer, contact Steve Diers at or 209-772-8260.

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                                    Bald Eagle Viewing Information
                        Please Note: Due to budget constraints, our popular Bald Eagle Tours were cancelled
                        for 2010 and 2011. We are hopeful that funds for these tours will be restored by the 2012
                        season. Please stay tuned for further developments and see below for more information
                        on how you may still be able to view the beautiful birds on your own. Contact Lisa
                        Stuart/April Hughes at (209) 772-8204.

 During the winter, hundreds of bald eagles migrate south from Northern California, Washington, British
 Columbia, and even Alaska, seeking the warmer climates of Oregon and California. Northern lakes and
 streams ice over in the winter, cutting off the eagles’ food source. Eagles follow the migrations of waterfowl
 to Pardee and Camanche Reservoirs where fish and waterfowl are plentiful. These reservoirs are perfect for
 the eagles because in the winter months the lakes offer a good food source and minimal human interaction.
 In 2006 bald eagles stayed all year at Camanche and Pardee, nested, and produced young for the first time!

                                    The sheer number and species of water birds utilizing local reservoirs
                                    during the winter is astounding. Bring your boat to Camanche or Pardee
                                    Reservoirs (or rent one at either reservoir) to look for many different winter
                                    birds. For information on boat rentals, call Camanche North Shore Marina
                                    at (209) 763-5166 or Camanche South Shore Marina at (209) 763-5915
                                    (both are open year-round); or Pardee Marina at (209) 772-1472, (open
                                    February through October).

                                    Also, for a fee, boat tours of Pardee are offered through Lodi’s Sandhill
                                    Crane Festival in early November each year in hopes of catching the lake’s
                                    resident eagles or possibly some early arrivals. Fortunately, Pardee is host
                                    to so many other species of bird that it is not uncommon to see loons,
                                    grebes, mergansers, and bufflehead on these tours. See
                           for more information.

 There are a few precautions and considerations to keep in mind while
 bird-viewing. When going out on boats in the winter it is imperative that
 you wear warm, layered clothing, (insulated boots and parka, long
 underwear, extra socks, gloves, and hat), as it can be extremely cold in an
 open, moving boat. Weather can change in a moment, thus increasing
 the wind chill factor and the potential for hypothermia.

 REMEMBER, please don’t disturb the eagles. They will fly away when
 disturbed by humans, but they do not appear to mind people in a boat
 who stay at least 330 feet away. Since only 1 out of 18 attempts by a
 bald eagle is successful in securing prey, they need to rest when not
 hunting because of the energy expended in this activity. Your respect
 and consideration is important to ensure that our national bird will
 continue to return to Camanche and Pardee annually.
                               SILHOUETTES OF OTHER BIRDS OF PREY

                   Accipiter                           Buteo

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           The Longest Mile Wildflower Hike
                           April 3, 2010                     9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
               Meet at the Middle Bar Take Out Parking Lot (#11 on the map)

 WHAT: Here is a chance for you to see this magnificent portion of
 the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail with native plant experts as
 guides! After meeting at the Middle Bar Take Out parking lot, we will
 carpool/caravan to the jump off point (since this starting point is behind
 locked gates, there is no vehicle access to the public without a ranger –
 we will all arrive together and leave together). Then we will take the
 “ankle express” (hike) from James Bar west to Patti’s Point on one of
 the most beautiful and challenging segments of the MCCT on EBMUD
 watershed, “The Longest Mile”.                                                        A photo taken during the 2009
                                                                                       wildflower hike. 3
 For 10 years, California Conservation Corps, Mokelumne Trailbusters,
 and California Youth Authority wards worked on this remote one-mile segment of the MCCT between
 Patti’s Point and the Log Boom. Difficulty: The route between Spanish Gulch and Patti’s Point is very
 rugged and steep because of property boundaries and topography. The elevation change in this half mile is
 550 feet. Stone stairs, landings, and retaining walls have been constructed to mitigate these steep grades.
 Round trip is about 2-3 miles and much of the route is a difficult grade. The hike, one way from James Bar
                                                 to Patti’s Point, takes about 2 hours.

                                                      BRING: Bring a bag lunch, comfortable hiking shoes,
                                                      backpack, canteen, sunscreen, insect repellent, long pants (to
                                                      protect against stickers and insects), binoculars, and camera.

                                                      REGISTRATION: Advance registration is required as
                                                      space is limited. Call or email Steve Diers after March 2,
                                                      2010 at (209) 772-8260 or for information
                                                      and registration.
   The type of “photo-opp” available during a
   wildflower hike!3
                                                INFORMATION: Not recommended for children under
 7½ years old. Participants under the age of 18 must have written permission from a parent or guardian and
 those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets or alcohol permitted. There is no charge for this

   If you would like to bring along a field guide, one of these beautifully illustrated guides are all you’ll need to
   locate and identify hundreds of native plants that grow in California’s Gold Country and both are available in
                                     Sutter Creek at Bubble Gum Book Store:
                      Wildflower Walks and Roads of the Sierra Gold Country by Toni Fauver
                       Peterson Field Guide to Pacific States Wildflowers by Nichaus/Ripper

  Reprinting any portion (in part or whole) of these announcements without permission from EBMUD is strictly prohibited;
  including posting of the events on any public calendar, whether electronic or printed (see contact information on front cover).

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Trail Use Permits                                        Tarantula
                                                                                Article & drawings by Chris Swann
What: Trail Use Permits are required by EBMUD in
order to access their trails in the East Bay or in the   The Desert Tarantula, Aphonopelma chalcodes, is a
Mokelumne Area. The permits list important trail                                 common sight during the
rules that all user’s need to be aware of. The fees                              twilight hours of late summer
charged for the permits are minimal:                                             and early fall in many rural
One-Day Permit…………………………….…$2.50                                                 parts of California. Although
One-Year Permit…………………………..…$10.00                                               they are by nature not
Three-Year Permit………………………...…$20.00                                             aggressive and relatively
Five-Year Permit………………………..…...$30.00                    harmless, with a bite comparable to a bee sting, the
                                                         lore and attention given the palm-sized arachnid is
Where: Trail Use Permits can be purchased a              extensive. Sightings of the spiders figured
number of different ways.                                prominently in 19th century accounts of early
                                                         explorers. A team of geologists returned from a
In the East Bay, please contact Orinda Watershed         surveying expedition in the early 1860s with wild
Headquarters at (510) 287-0459 for a current list of     tales of spiders "the size of small birds”. About the
options or locations.                                    same time, miners gave whiskey the nickname of
                                                         "tarantula juice" and claimed the drink was an
In the Mokelumne Area, permits can be purchased at       antidote to the spider's feared bite.
any of the recreation area gates – Camanche North
Shore, Camanche South Shore, and Pardee                  In reality, most encounters are far more hazardous
Recreation Areas – during their normal business          for tarantulas than humans. In their typical slow
hours (usually dawn to dark) daily. Camanche’s
                Meet @ Campo Seco Staging Area           moving fall wanderings (mature males searching for
gates are open year-round, while Pardee’s gates are      females with which to mate), the large spiders are
                 (#15 on map)
open for the season: February through October.           often crushed by vehicles or unwary (or
Permits are also available at EBMUD’s Mokelumne          unsympathetic) hikers. Additionally, several
Watershed office on Camanche Parkway during              predators including birds, snakes, coyotes, and
regular office hours, Mon-Fri. See the map on the                               tarantula hawks, Pepsis
back page of this newsletter to find any of these                               species, a large (approx. 2”
locations.                                                                      long) parasitic wasp, seek
                                                                                out the vulnerable wanderers.
When annual permits are purchased at any of the
above locations, a user completes the application and    The light brown female Desert Tarantula lives in a
walks away with a pink, temporary copy. The actual       burrow, awaiting a likely suitor, typically roaming at
permit is mailed to the user at a later date. Maps and   night to hunt. She will lay up to 1,000 eggs that she
other useful trail information are supplied with your    tends in the burrow until the young hatch and
permit purchase as well.                                 venture out into the world.
Permits are also available online. Unlike purchasing
in person, buying a permit online allows you to print    Males (the lucky ones) can live from 7-10 years,
and walk away with your final permit immediately.        while some 20-year-old females have been recorded
Go to recreation. At the         in the wild.
bottom of the page, you’ll find the link titled Trail
Permit Application.                                      As we move into the tarantula season, keep an eye
                                                         on the ground for the dark brown/black males as
Please note: Because One-Day Permits can only be         they go a-courting. And watch the skies for the large
used on the day of purchase, be prepared to stop and     dark blue, orange winged tarantula hawks as they
pick one up on the day you plan to access the trail –    cruise about looking for a likely victim.
they’re not sold online.

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Bridging a Gap in the Trail!                                   Again                     by John Willard
                                 (continued from front page)
                                                                  The job again required a skill
River in 1851, but when the bridge was swept away                   Some very steady hands
by a flood the following year, the ferry was back in              To set those metal posts to hang
business. The “new” bridge also succumbed to a                      A gate this trail demands
flood during the winter of 1861-62. A third bridge
was built some                                                    But only four arrived today
thirty years later to                                               We had no other course
serve Gwin Mine;                                                  Just Fred and Steve and Norm and me
it collapsed in 1911                                                 No time to think remorse
under the weight
of a herd of cattle.                                              We laid our tools just off the side
The last of the four The Middle Bar Bridge today.                   The concrete bags were stacked
 bridges, built a year later, still spans the river today.        We found the early morning shade
                                                                    Before the sun attacked
From their vantage point above the river, trail users
will marvel at the feats of the “hard rock gophers”               We centered posts from point to point
(miners), the stone retaining walls and erosion                     And measured up the height
structures built by the Mokelumne Trailbuster                     The eyes had thought it got it straight
Volunteers, and enjoy the view of the Mokelumne                     But levels got it right
River Canyon and the Middle Bar Bridge.
                                                                  We matched the posts against the string
Locally, hikers will be able to access this section of              We did our level best
trail from the Middle @ CampoOut parking lot and
                Meet Bar Take Seco Staging Area                   We’re flying high we think we’re good
the Rich Gulch Trail Accessmap) In the past, this
                 (#15 on Point.                                     Our minds are full of zest
magnificent portion of the MCCT could only be
accessed by hiking more than 20 miles round trip                  But when we thought we had it made
from the Campo Seco Staging Area!                                   Disaster played its role
                                                                  That’s when we lost our grip and dropped
Equestrians will still need to access this newest                   Those levels down the hole
segment of trail from the Campo Seco Staging Area
as the roads are one lane with a steep grades and not             And thus our egos took a hit
advisable for trailers. Also, the Middle Bar Take                     You wouldn’t find a grin
Out parking lot and the Rich Gulch Trail Access                   It’s not the first we dropped those tools
Point areas prohibit trailer parking.                                 And oops we dropped again

The Mokelumne Area trails map/brochure released                   But once again we overcame
this spring combines China Gulch Trail map and the                  A trail that’s full of fate
MCCT map/brochures into a single map. It shows                    We set those posts with concrete mixed
the MCCT from the western terminus near                             To hang a needed gate
Camanche Creek, east to Middle Bar Bridge.

The goal is to complete the next 2.8 mile segment
from Middle Bar to Big Bar by 2012 to celebrate the
20 year anniversary of the start of construction of the
MCCT on EBMUD’s Mokelumne Watershed. Then
there will be 30.9 miles of contiguous

                                                                       Drawing by Chris Swann

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                              MCCTC UPDATE

 If you would like to become involved in the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail (MCCT) effort please contact
 the MCCT Council at or go on line to

 East Bay Segment Update – Provided by Jean Tarabek
 Jean Tarabek, Segment Coordinator, and John Fazel (ADT) met with Anne Rockwell, Trails Supervisor for
 the EBRPD, and toured the 4 areas for installation of the MCCT/ADT map panels. The four MCCT
 map/information panels sites are: Inspiration Point, Nejedley Staging Area at Carquinez Strait Regional Park,
 Contra Costa Canal Trail at the Iron Horse Trail crossing, and Contra Loma Park near the DeAnza Trail
 junction. We met with each individual park supervisor and they proved to be very supportive and helpful
 with the project. The panels will be made by the EBRPD shop and maps mounted by their
 graphics division. The trail discs are ready to be mounted as part of the plan. Hopefully, the map panel for
 the Nejedly staging area will be made in time for an event on Oct. 3, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the
 EBRPD, and the 20th anniversaries of the Bay Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail. It would be a perfect
 kick-off for the Delta terminus of the MCCT!

 San Joaquin County Segment Update – Provided by Steve Diers
 A meeting was held at REI in Stockton on July 21 to network on trail issues in San Joaquin County and the
 Delta. Attendees included Judi Quan and Alex Westhoff of the Great Delta Trail (Delta Protection
 Commission); John Fazel of the American Discovery Trail (ADT); Wayne Breece, California State Parks
 (CSP) Trails Manager; Julia Cox, CSP Assistant Landscape Architect; Paul Plathe, Delta Chapter of the
 Sierra Club; and Karen Smart, Jean Tarabek, Joseph Chavoen, Mary Boblet, Matt Patwell, and Steve Diers of
 the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail Council (MCCTC). Julia and Alex shared information on the 2009
 Central Valley Implementation Plan. Mary provided a power point presentation on the MCCT. John gave an
 overview of the ADT, a national trail. Judi explained that the current focus of the Great Delta Trail was in
 Contra Costa and Solano Counties. Steve is proposing that the MCCT use the same alignment as the ADT
 from the Antioch Bridge east to Tyler Island on existing roads. The ADT is considered a Recreational Trail
 because portions are on roads. John is pursuing legislation to make the ADT a Discovery Trail as there is
 more funding available for Discovery Trails. John suggested that there should be a Central Valley Trails
 Coalition formed to support trail efforts in San Joaquin County and the Delta.

 Middle Mokelumne River Canyon (MMRC) Segment Update – Provided by Steve Diers
 This middle segment has been the nemesis of the MCCT for years because its 45-mile stretch penetrates the
 remote and rugged Mokelumne Canyon which has few routes of access and has been explored by few people
 since the Gold Rush. For this reason, the MCCTC will be submitting a Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC)
 grant application in September to request funding for a two-year project consisting of exploration, research,
 and planning for the development of this segment. This would be phase one of a three-phase program
 leading to trail construction and completion of the MMRC. The goal of this SNC proposal is to build the
 trail through the canyon to connect the Camanche/Pardee Watershed segment and the Upper Mokelumne
 River Canyon segment.

 Camanche/Pardee Watershed Segment Update – Provided by Steve Diers
 About 80-85% of the trail users on the Mokelumne area trails are equestrians (based on the sign-ins on the
 trail registers). The trail segment between Camanche South Shore Staging Area and the Campo Seco Staging
 Area, which opened in June of 2008, has been receiving a lot of use by equestrians with rave reviews. Many
 equestrians have been combining their rides with stays at the Turkey Hill Group/Equestrian Campground at

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 Camanche South Shore. The following is a compilation of comments from an equestrian group from the Bay
 Area: “Turkey Hill Equestrian/Group Campground is lovely with lots of shade for humans and horses, quite
 level parking for all our rigs, pipe corrals for the horses, wash racks for the horses water (including a human
 drinking fountain) near the corrals, picnic tables, a campfire ring, barbeque, and even a pole with two hooks
 for hanging lanterns or garbage bags to keep them away from nocturnal critters. The porta-potty was close,
 and very clean; there was a wheelbarrow (in good shape), and a shovel for getting manure to the manure pile;
 and a large trash dumpster all within easy reach plus wild turkeys and a wily coyote to serenade you. The
 trails, beautiful and extremely well-marked, the scenery lovely, the drive to Camanche is beautiful and very
 easy, a great location and great riding. We are going back to Camanche – perhaps even in the fall to check
 out the changing colors.” An account and photographs of a ride from the Campo Seco Staging Area to the
 Lower Log Boom by Kim Fish can be viewed at:”

 Upper Mokelumne River Canyon Segment Update – Provided by Mary Boblet
 The first thing to report is that the Upper Mokelumne segment was in full bloom this past July. Picture
 perfect vistas complemented by gorgeous wildflower meadows greeted you around practically every boulder
 and ridge. We are truly blessed to have an opportunity to help build a trail California residents and visitors
 alike will use to view the Stanislaus National Forest (SNF) along the Mokelumne River.

 Our recent trail reconnaissance was a huge success. Team members drove in on forest service road 7N11 to
 scope out the best route for signage material delivery. Team members also reached the site of a spring and
 considered ways to protect it from over-use by trail users coming through on horseback near Jelmini Basin.
 A corral site was mapped and measured in Bear Trap Basin. I would like to recognize reconnaissance
 volunteers Steve Diers, Jean Tarabek, and Barbara Bowers. Thank you for your dedication and hard work!

  In August, the Stanislaus National Forest received $225K to complete the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail
 from Calaveras Dome west to Tiger Creek, along the Mokelumne River in Calaveras County. Reg Baudler
 from the Summit Ranger Station is the SNF's Trails Coordinator responsible for laying out exactly what will
 be built and paid for with this funding. Work is scheduled to begin on the trail next spring. We are very
 excited and thankful for this opportunity to work with Reg Baudler, Patty Clarey, Dave Vosti, and everyone
 involved on the trail crew to complete this segment.

 Proposition 40 funding continues to be bogged down at the state and county level. The trail council awaits
 nearly $10K in Proposition 40 funds to sign 16 miles of trail between Moore Creek and Coral Hollow (the
 Alpine County line). Funding was frozen by the state finance staff last December but opened again in March
 with the sale of over $12B in state bonds to cover Proposition 40 commitments, among others. However, the
 state is not advancing funds as stipulated in the Proposition 40 guidelines. Instead, projects will be
 reimbursed. We will now work with our lead agency, the U.S. Forest Service, to set up a reimbursement
 account process.

 In addition, the trail's project packet, along with all county project packets, went under review recently at the
 county and state level, to determine if each project met the prop 40 guidelines. The result is the county is
 amending and correcting packets. The good news for our project packet is that our partner agreement with
 the U.S. Forest Service is solid. We are now in wait-mode, as the county decides how it wants to move
 forward. We also reached consensus with the U.S. Forest Service on installing a kiosk and boundary fence in
 Bear Valley. A local Bear Valley coordinator is in the works too. For more information, go to or contact Mary Boblet at or 209 795-7818.

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East Bay Municipal Utility District
Watershed and Recreation
5883 E. Camanche Parkway
Valley Springs, California 95252

Volunteer Newsletter Staff:
Production: Lisa Stuart
Editing: Kent Lambert, Chris Swann, April Hughes
Trail and Volunteer Coordination: Steve Diers
Article Contributors: Kent Lambert, Chris Swann, Steve Diers, Lisa Stuart
Photo credits: 1Kent Lambert, 2Chris Swann, 3Gary Hughes, 4Randy Bayne, 5EBMUD Archival Photo

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