Hedge Creek Falls Trail Improvements Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Dunsmuir, City of (City of Dunsmuir)
Document Title
Hedge Creek Falls Trail Improvements Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Project Applicant
City of Dunsmuir

Document Description
The Project includes improvements and minor modifications to the existing Hedge Creek Falls Trail. The purpose of the Project is to provide ADA accessibility. Proposed improvements include: . Moving the trailhead south of its current location and realigning the trail west of an existing gazebo (±250 linear feet) . Installing a drinking fountain drain downslope of the gazebo. Cutting back an existing culvert (utilized/maintained by Caltrans), and installing rip-rap in the stream channel. Installing a free-span pedestrian bridge immediately downslope of the above referenced culvert . Installing a retaining wall (±105 linear feet) to achieve the necessary grade for switchback construction to the east . Extending two switchbacks located midway between the trailhead and the falls (±270 linear feet) . Replacing a failed traction mat immediately south of the falls with crushed basalt (±50 linear feet); supplementing existing dacite rock behind and immediately north of the falls with crushed basalt (±105 linear feet) . Re-routing the trail east of the viewing platform (±165 linear feet) . Installing a retaining wall immediately east of the viewing platform, which will serve to raise the trail so it is flush with the platform (the current platform includes steps) . Extending the trail from its current terminus near the viewing platform downslope to the Sacramento River (±245 linear feet) . Restoring abandoned trail segments to original grade and overtopping with forest duff and branches for sediment/erosion control

Contact Information
Todd Juhasz
City of Dunsmuir
5915 Dunsmuir Avenue
Dunsmuir, CA 96025

Phone : (530) 235-4822 ext. 103


Other Location Info
As shown in Figure 1, the proposed Project is located within the City of Dunsmuir city limits in Section 13, Township 39N, Range 4W, of the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Dunsmuir 7.5-minute quadrangle. The parking area for the trail is located on the southeast side of Mott Road, immediately east of Siskiyou Avenue. The trailhead is located on the northwest side of Mott Road.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15303, 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1 includes the repair, maintenance, or minor alteration of existing public facilities, including pedestrian trails and topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use; Class 3 includes the construction and location of limited numbers of new, small structures; and Class 4 includes minor alterations in the condition of land that do not involve removal of healthy, mature, or scenic trees, including minor trenching and backfilling where the surface is restored. The Project is consistent with the categorical exemptions noted above because work would consist of repair, maintenance, and minor alterations to the existing trail; no expansion of use would occur; the pedestrian bridge and retaining walls are considered small structures; no healthy, mature, scenic trees would be removed; and the ground surface would be restored following construction. As documented in Attachment A, the proposed Project would not have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances; would not result in damage to scenic resources within a Scenic Highway; is not located on a hazardous waste site pursuant to §65962.5 of the Government Code; would not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource; and would not result in cumulative impacts.


Notice of Exemption
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