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Education Collaborative Holds Youth Event on Modoc Line Rail Trail

1.Amy Holmen and Liz Norton Hike on the Modoc Line Rail Trail – Photo by Marisa Williams
Amy Holmen and Liz Norton Hike on the Modoc Line Rail Trail – Photo by Marisa Williams

A SusanvilleStuff Photofeature
by Jessie Diermier with photos by Marisa Williams, Joel Rathje and Jeremy Couso 

Students in Lassen County from 7th to 12th grade are invited to participate in the Modoc Line Rail Trail Service Project on March 21st, from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. The project, hosted by the Lassen County Environmental Education Collaborative, will be led by Amy Holmen, Land Manager for Lassen Land and Trails Trust.

Activities will include hiking, wildlife observation and providing trail maintenance in Snowstorm Canyon.

Youth will also have opportunities to learn about the historical aspects of the Modoc Line (including a view of the 1968 train wreck) and the columnar basalt cliffs that rise above the trail.

Looking down on Snowstorm Canyon - Photo by Joel Rathje
Looking down on Snowstorm Canyon – Photo by Joel Rathje
All along the abandoned railbed you'll find interesting desert rock formations.
All along the abandoned rail bed you’ll find interesting desert rock formations.

 

In addition to providing a service to the larger community, this project is focused on giving youth a chance to get outside, have fun and learn about recreation management from a professional. Participants are asked to dress for the outdoors (with sturdy shoes) and to bring a large refillable water bottle, snacks and a lunch for the day.

Youth groups are encouraged to participate. The project meets many service and badge requirements for youth programs. Please contact Jessie Diermier for details before March 19th at (530) 257-3252.

This event is a program of the Lassen County Environmental Education Collaborative, a partnership between the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, Lassen National Forest, the Lassen County Office of Education and Lassen Land and Trails Trust. For more information about the Collaborative, the Trust, their work or about trails to enjoy, please visit www.lassenlandandtrailstrust.org.

All along the Snowstorm Canyon section of the rail trail project you will find lush meadows and wetlands tucked into the desert arroyos.
All along the Snowstorm Canyon section of the rail trail project you will find lush meadows and wetlands tucked into the desert arroyos.
At the bottom of a steep cliff you'll see remnants of a 1968 train wreck, the largest freight wreck in the United States at that time, with more than 85 cars tumbling down the side.
At the bottom of a steep cliff you’ll see remnants of a 1968 train wreck, the largest freight wreck in the United States at that time, with more than 85 cars tumbling down the side.

 

Snowstorm Ranch and Little Horse Lake alongside the Rail Trail.
Snowstorm Ranch and Little Horse Lake alongside the Rail Trail.

 

Natural springs dot the landscape along the trail creating patches of lush green in the normally arid region.
Natural springs dot the landscape along the trail creating patches of lush green in the normally arid region.

 

Wildlife share the environment with livestock in the flats along the trail.
Wildlife share the environment with livestock in the flats along the trail.

 

The true desert lies ahead as the railbed turns south around Snowstorm Mountain heading towards Pete's Valley.
The true desert lies ahead as the railbed turns south around Snowstorm Mountain heading towards Pete’s Valley.

 

Majestic scenery on all sides, with towering rock walls and narrow defiles makes up a 5 mile segment along Snowstorm Creek.
Majestic scenery on all sides, with towering rock walls and narrow defiles, makes up a 5-mile segment along Snowstorm Creek.
Jeremy Couso
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