Since May we’ve held more than 25 volunteer trail days on various trails around Tahoe including Tahoe Mountain, Christmas Valley, Tyrolean, Stanford Rock, Snap Dragon, the Bijou Bike Park and the new Kingsbury Stinger Trail. The Fall season is here and we’ll continue to work (and ride) until the snow falls. Stay up to date on our events page and Facebook page.
Under our Special Use Permit with the US Forest Service TAMBA hosts three signature events again this season. Together these events are our largest source of fundraising dollars and rider education/stewardship.
Still to come this year is the famed Corral Night Ride on October 15th. We mix Halloween revelry with a night bicycle ride on one of our signature trails. It’s an event not to be missed!
In August we held the 4th Annual Meyers Mountain Bike Festival in partnership with the Divided Sky. The two-day event included the popular Triple Crown Ride, bands, festival events, and the Corral Demo Day with 6 bike companies attending (Ibis, Turner, Knolly, Intense, Norco and Specialized).
Next up was the 6th Annual Rose to Toads Ride over Labor Day weekend. The 62 mile ride sounds tame enough in name but in reality is a true test of endurance and attracts riders from around the country. 153 registered riders joined us this year for the ride of a lifetime!
Construction has started on the Kingsbury Stinger Trail being built by the U.S. Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit with American Conservation Experience crews. We first walked this new alignment with the Forest Service five years ago and it’s exciting to see it finally being built. Join us on the following days to help build the new trail and for your opportunity to check out what’s been built so far. For all trail days, meet at 9am at the end of North Benjamin / Andria Drive for all trail days.
July 9, July 15
Aug 12, Aug 21, Aug 26
Sept – TBD
Oct – TBD
Below are a few photos from our volunteer day on June 11, thanks to the 47 volunteers that helped out!
TAMBA is hosting this trail summit to showcase the amazing trail renaissance in Tahoe and discuss the future. We want to bring together all trail users to gain input and consensus on the future of multi-use trails around beautiful Lake Tahoe. With over 75% of the land in Tahoe managed by the Forest Service, we are hosting this summit in partnership with US Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
Friday May 6, 2016
- 2pm – 5pm: Trail Tech Talks
- Trail planing and process
- Building a connected trail network
- Creating consensus among different trail users
- 5pm – 8pm: Opening sunset reception on the beach with food and drink specials
- 8pm – 9pm: Movie and raffle
Saturday May 7, 2016
- 7am – 8:30am: Breakfast in the Tavern, Coffee complimentary
- 8:30am – 2pm: Presentations/Workshops/Panel Discussions, topics include:
- Success stories, Tahoe and beyond
- Current threats to multi-use trails
- Too many trail users?
- Tourism, economics and trails
- Engaging tomorrow’s trail stewards
- Round table workshop – Prioritizing community trail projects.
- Afternoon showcase ride and Bijou Bike Park tour
- Evening movie, raffle, party in the Tavern and beach front patio with food and drink specials
Sunday May 8, 2016
- Breakfast in the Tavern
- Mother’s Day family ride
Our trail conditions page is updated weekly. Go to our TRAIL CONDITIONS webpage for details on what’s open and still snowed in, but please remember to the respect the trails – if your tires are sinking and leaving ruts, it’s not time to ride yet. Enjoy this spring!
The Bijou Bike Park has been open since early April with temporary closures as snow and rain move in, please visit our bike park website for more info.
Valley View Trail at Tahoe Mountain – May 15, 2016
TAMBA will be hosting a U.S. Forest Service-approved crew leader training course the weekend of April 30-May 1, 2016 in the Tahoe area. The Forest Service has stringent training requirements for volunteer crew leaders, and this training may also be accepted by other land manager agencies. The training will be taught by Kevin Joell, TAMBA’s Trails Director, and Jacob Quinn, Trails Engineer for the Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Each has 20-plus years of trail building experience.
Topics will include volunteer management and supervision techniques, safety briefings and job hazard analysis, and emergency procedures and communications. The course has a focus on modern sustainable trail building techniques to produce work that will last and design techniques to reduce conflicts and resource damage. This is not a basic trail building course, it is expected that attendees will have participated in multiple sanctioned trail days previously. First Aid and CPR certification is also required of crew leaders. It is not included in this course but will be offered separately. That must be re-certified every two years.
Saturday, April 30: 8:00am -5:00pm at the LTBMU Forest Supervisors Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Sunday, May 1: 8:30am-4pm, will be in the field, location TBD. Weather conditions may require field location to be moved to Reno or Galena area. It is free to register, but donations are requested for non-TAMBA volunteers to cover student materials. CLICK HERE to register. More info email Kevin at email@example.com
Our Spring Party this year was on the North Shore for the first time. We partnered with Sky Tavern to do a dual fundraiser at their lodge for our trail projects and their bike park. Over $3600 was raised between both organizations. Here’s a great video by John Clausen that shows all the smiling people at the party. Thanks for attending and thanks to the following businesses that have donated to our raffle:
Black Rock Bicycles
Village Ski Loft
Olympic Bike Shop
High Sierra Cycling
Great Basin Bicycles
Reno Cycling and Fitness
Go-Pro/ Sports LTD/ Jeff Hopkins and Crew
Mountain Hardware/Synergy/Justin Singer
Golden State Sales Agency/Alex and Kathy R.
Hestra Gloves/Peter Ball
Bolle/Fox/Sierra Specialty Sales/Gary Forsberg
Brooks-Range/Integration Sports MS/John Clausen
Alpine Sports Marketing & Sales/Tom Lane
Sierra Sports Marketing