Schedule of Activities

 

 

We have many activities during the year. The calendar linked below is the best way to find out information on what is happening on any particular month.

 

You do not need to be a member to join us on any of our trips. If you have an interest in the emigrant era, or just want to get away for the weekend and have fun with friendly folks, you are more than welcome.

 

 

For a calendar of our upcoming events, click here.

 

                              

 

 

The dates for this years field trip are finalized and are plans are for the following:

 

June 22nd to 24th – This is our annual Blackrock area trail survey in conjunction with the BLM. We will be looking for a missing section of the Applegate Trail where it bypassed the Fly Canyon Wagon Slide. We will be using metal detectors in addition to aerial photos to locate a missing section of trail. This will be a mostly camping trip, but rooms are also available in the area. Four wheel drive will not be needed for this trip. Email us at: kljstn(at)msn.com if you have an interest in attending and you will be placed on our mailing list for additional information. Don’t forget to replace the (at) with @ in the email.

 

June 30th & July 1st – This will be the first of two Applegate Trail marker installation trips this year. We will be placing about nine markers on this famous trail. Sedans will be fine for this trip.

 

July 24th to the 26th – This will be a fun trip on the Beckwourth Trail which goes from Sparks, NV to Marysville, CA. We will be following the trail which was the lowest crossing of the Sierra of any trail. Participants will have the option of camping or using motels. The roads are good for this trip and four wheel drive is not needed.

 

September 8th & 9th – This is the second and final Applegate Trail marker installation trip and we will be placing the final markers on this trail in anticipation of publishing the final driving guide to allow anyone to follow the route. Sedans will be fine for this trip.

 

On our work trips, we can always use help and it’s an outstanding way for anyone to contribute to preserving our western heritage and having a great time too. Don’t let the work party name scare you off from attending, the work is easy and we always need note takers, photographers and “superintendents” – no experience necessary.
Our fun trips are just that. We follow an emigrant trail, view actual trail traces, and an historian will talk about what went happened on specific sections of the trail. Children of all ages are very welcome on our trips and it’s a great way to pass on a little history while having fun.
If you’re even thinking of attending one of these, let us know as that will put you on the mailing list for more on that trip’s information as it becomes available. It is best to email our trip coordinator at the email below.

 

trailactivities(at)emigranttrailswest.org

Be sure and change the (at) to @

 

 

                                                                

 

 

The field trips for 2017 are all completed and here’s a list of what we accomplished.

 

June 9-11 = Work trip with the BLM near the entrance to High Rock Canyon.
We metal detected and checked the actual route of the Applegate/Lassen Trail between Fly Canyon and High Rock Canyon. We used metal detectors to locate evidence of the trail, photographed and recorded our finds, and worked with BLM archaeologists on Friday and Saturday.

 

June 23-25 = Installed new markers on the Applegate trail in Oregon.
We started a few miles south of Ashland, Oregon and ended near Grants Pass, Oregon and installed ten markers.

 

July 12-15 = Fun trip on the second half of the Lassen Trail.
We continued on from where we left off last year. Started at the Bogard Rest Area on Hwy 44 and ended at Vina/Los Molinos, Calif. on Hwy 99 where we visited a winery, museum and the Lassen Rancho.

 

Sept. 15-17 = Fun trip to follow the Hastings Cutoff.
We started near Bidwell Pass, north of Wendover, Utah and ended west of Elko at the BLM California Trail Interpretive Center.

 

October 28-30 = Fun trip where we visited unique sections of the Lassen Trail and found out how Lassen and Bruff possibly affected the Nobles Trail.

 

 

                                  

 

During the year, we usually have several one day trips to do marker maintenance and move markers to better locations. If you would like to be advised of when these are happening, contact our Trail Activity Coordinator at the email address below.

 

trailactivities(at)emigranttrailswest.org

 

                  

 

We could use your help!!

 

With all the markers we have out on the trails, many of them are getting to where they need maintenance work. Attached here is an updated PDF version of our Inspection Report form that can be printed out and it would be a great help if anyone out on a trail would take a copy along and fill it out as they pass by a marker. It would also be a big help if you would fill it out even if a marker is fine. That way we’ll know that someone won’t need to make a special trip to check it. Here is a Word version of the form that you should be able to fill out on your computer and then attach to an email back to us at:

markermtce(at)emigranttrailswest.org

Be sure and change the (at) to @

 

Thanks, this would be a big help in our continuing efforts to maintain our markers.

 

                  

 

RULES & REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAILS WEST FIELD TRIPS

 

We, as an organization, have certain responsibilities on our outings. Because of that, we have developed a set of Rules & Requirements that each participant must adhere to when joining us on one of our trips. You may review them by clicking here.

If you do not have the type of necessary vehicle and are still interested in joining us on a trip, please contact the trip leader. Many times there will be room in someone else’s rig and arrangements can be made to accommodate an extra passenger.

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