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News.bytes Extra, issue 455

Newly paved rail trail offers variety of recreation

Reserve space for "Iconic Bike Ride" Nov. 6

Crews are putting the finishing touches on a $1.6 million project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to pave the Sacramento River Rail Trail.  A ribbon cutting and public bike ride will celebrate the accomplishment on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010.

The national recreation trail follows the river northwest of Redding from Shasta Dam south to near the Keswick Dam, a distance of about nine miles.  Managed by the BLM's Redding Field Office, it crosses public lands administered by the BLM and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation. (text continues below photos)

 power roller compacts freshly-laid asphalt on a streamside trail
A roller compresses a ribbon of newly applied blacktop on the trail about two miles south of Shasta Dam as the project nears completion in mid October.

Men look over freshly-laid asphalt behind a paving machine
BLM Redding Field Manager Steve Anderson was on the job site Tuesday, Oct. 19, taking a close look at the work.

Leaves cover the edges of a paved route alongside trees and a river 
This is shaded section of the trail paved earlier this year.

With the paving project complete, the Sacramento River Rail Trail offers a variety of recreational outings.  The eight-foot-wide paved area is excellent for all types of bicycles and provides a path for road bikes to travel from the heart of Redding to the dam.  A four-foot-wide gravel section is great for horseback riders, mountain bikers and runners and walkers who prefer natural surfaces.

Completion of the project will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 6,  with the "Iconic Bike Ride," 18-mile cruise from one Shasta County icon -- Shasta Dam -- to another -- the Sundial Bridge in Redding.  The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding.  Riders and their bikes will be shuttled to the dam, where a ribbon cutting and a brief ceremony will mark the opening of the trail and start of the ride.  There will be several stops along the way for presentations on the dam, mining and railroading legacy of the trail.  Refreshments will be provided at the end of the ride.

Anyone interested should reserve space by calling the BLM Redding Field Office, (530) 224-2100.

Partners in the Sacramento River Rail Trail improvement project are the Bureau of Reclamation, McConnell Foundation, City of Redding, Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Sierra Pacific Industries.

The Rail Trail is one segment of an expanding trail system in and round Redding.  They include paved trails along the Sacramento River, a single track trail network on the east side of the river, a trail system in the BLM Swasey Recreation Area in west Redding, trails along the Lower Clear Creek Greenway south of the city, and routes along the Sacramento River in the Bend area north of Red Bluff.  Complete information can be found on the trails page of the Redding Field Office homepage, http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/redding/recreationmain/reddingrecreationtrails.html.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District, 10/20/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 455

Last updated: 11-03-2010