Indian Creek Nature Loop Trail Bridge Replacement


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Document Title
Indian Creek Nature Loop Trail Bridge Replacement
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Realign a segment of the Indian Creek Nature Loop Trail to construct a new pedestrian bridge upstream of the current pipe bridge that is removed by November 1st and reinstalled by May 1st every year due to winter precipitation. The new bridge will be permanently installed outside the ordinary high-water mark of Indian Creek, to maintain year-round use of the trail. Work will: • Remove 50 trees under 8” diameter within the realigned trail corridor, to be used on trail construction, access and to reduce fuel loads; • Excavate three (3), 5’ x 5’ pads 24” deep to construct three (3) abutments comprised of locally sourced rock and mortar; • Construct a 100’ long by 5’ wide pedestrian bridge consisting of a 70’ stringer spanning the banks of Indian Creek and a 30’ stringer spanning the low area on the east side of the creek; • Construct 100’ by 3’ of new turnpike trail using locally felled 8” diameter cedar trees, buried approximately 3” deep along the trial border, to direct the existing trail to the new pedestrian bridge; • Construct six (6) puncheons along the new trail and replace one (1) existing puncheon ranging from 8’ to 15’ long and 6” deep using locally sourced cedar trees; • Import approximately 8yds of decomposed granite or gravel for use on puncheons and low laying area; • Slash existing trail to discourage continued use.

Contact Information

Trish Ladd-Shute
Agency Name
Department of Parks and Recreation-Northern Buttes District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Parties Undertaking Project


Northern California
Cross Streets
Castle Creek Road
State Highways
Near Interstate 5
Indian Creek
Other Location Info
Castle Crags State Park

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15303 & 15304
Reasons for Exemption
Project consists of the demolition and removal of individual small public structures involving no expansion of use beyond current levels; construction and location of limited numbers of new, small structures; and the minor public or private alterations in the condition of land and/or vegetation which do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees, and is included as “trail construction or realignment and trail removal” in the Department of Parks and Recreation's list of exempt activities in accordance with CCR §15300.4.


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