I believe in the importance of our national scenic trails as a way for people to connect with the wilderness while experiencing first hand the advantages of setting aside some of our untainted land for future generations.
Hiking on trails in the National Trails System is becoming more and more popular. With access to natural features and jaw-dropping scenery, it's no surprise. National Trails call to people of all walks of life. I'm proposing a new trail to add to the National Trails System, a system comprised of National Historic, National Scenic, and National Recreation Trails.
The Siskiyou Peaks Trail visits the highest point in 7 wilderness areas. On this National Recreation Trail proposal, hikers can have a grand adventure, going to heights of over 14,000 feet, and experience a sense of outdoor community and raw physical challenge not often found in the same location. Due to the extreme differences in topography on this trail, they will visit a variety of ecosystems, most of which contain rare and unique plants found nowhere else on Earth. They will also pass through small but vibrant mountain towns that offer opportunities to take a day off and go river rafting, visit friendly stores that are owned by second and third generation Mom & Pops, and have a chance to resupply from 7 different Farmer's Markets each offering locally grown foods.
I would like to honor, restore, and utilize the existing trails and summit routes that together form this proposed National Recreation Trail in a way that preserves their biotic uniqueness while providing new support to the recreational economies of the mountain towns that are located between them.
Help protect the delicate landscapes of the Siskiyou Mountains, Siskiyou Wilderness, and Siskiyou County by keeping our existing trails maintained and established. Help to continue renewing the spirit of adventure by designating new trails to include in the National Trails System. And help give further reason to protect these places for future generations by creating a cultural icon.
Designate The Siskiyou Peaks Trail as a National Recreation Trail to support and honor the trails, towns, and people along this scenic but otherwise unrecognized corridor.
I support The Siskiyou Peaks National Recreation Trail Proposal.