Fallen Leaf Lake/Angora Ridge Trail Project

The Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Assn. (TAMBA) and the Forest Service are building new world-class trails around one of the most beautiful places in Tahoe: Angora Ridge and Fallen Leaf Lake. Three miles are funded – we’re raising money for the last three.

Because all donations are matched, roughly one dollar you donate builds one foot of trail. Please donate here: http://www.tamba.org/donate/

Fallen Leaf Lake is a gem at the base of Mount Tallac. To the west of the lake is Angora Ridge, site of the devastating 2007 Angora Fire. With your help, we can link many old user trails and connections to the new trails at Tahoe Mountain. The US Forest Service completed the hard work of environmental approvals for approximately 15 miles of new trails. These trails are ‘shovel ready’ but need funds for construction.

TAMBA is teaming up with the Forest Service in 2017 to build the first phase of these new trails: six miles in total on three new trails. More details here

Some of these trails will eventually be part of a bikeable trail around The Lake.

This project coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Angora Fire. On June 24, Lake Valley Fire Dept will host an event to remember the devastating 2007 fire and celebrate the rehabilitation of the area. Also, Lake Valley Fire is organizing volunteers to help with the trail building.

Tahoe’s new Kingsbury Stinger Trail

This year we helped build a new trail. It took many years to get the alignment right, partnerships lined up and permitting done through the leadership from the U.S. Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The new Kingsbury Stinger Trail is another piece in the puzzle and will allow for more opportunities for future trails in the area. This video was made by First Tracks Productions to show how the new trail came about. Thanks to everyone that helped build (133 volunteers), along with trail crews from the USFS and American Conservation Experience, cooperation from Tahoe Rim Trail Association, grant funding from Nevada recreational trails program your Connection to Adventure and local bike shop Shoreline of Tahoe for leading multiple trail days. Enjoy! 

 

 

End of Summer Update

Since May we’ve held more than 40 volunteer trail days on various trails around Tahoe including Tahoe Mountain, Christmas Valley, Tyrolean, Stanford Rock, Snap Dragon, Incline Flume Trail, 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.

Grand Opening of the new Kingsbury Stinger Trail

Grand Opening of the new Kingsbury Stinger Trail

Major accomplishments in 2016 include:

  • Grand Opening of the brand new Kingsbury Stinger Trail. This trail provides a crucial connection from the lake to the mountain tops connecting many neighborhoods in Stateline and South Lake Tahoe. For some longer rides it can be ridden uphill connecting over to the Bench, Genoa Trails, or making a loop to Van Sickel. Or can it be shuttled downhill.
  • Reroute of the Incline Flume Trail. This reroute on what was previously private land will allow the Forest Service to adopt the trail as a system trail in 2017.
  • Work on Mr. Toads Wild Ride. Using funds raised from the Meyers Mountain Bike Festival, TAMBA funded a week of work on Saxon Creek Trail, with an 8 person crew from the American Conservation Experience (ACE), under supervision of the Forest Service. The goal was to repair eroded sections and return widened trail segments back to singletrack. Work was focused on two main areas, the lower section of the upper rock garden and the trail segment above the old motorized turn around. TAMBA wants to create sustainable trails, but we also want to Keep Toad’s Wild! 
  • Removing fallen trees. Just in the month of October alone TAMBA volunteer sawyers have removed more than 20 downed tress from the trails, including Corral, Connector, Tahoe Mountain, and Christmas Valley.

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 22. 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!

Toads got rockier from new work in October

Toads got rockier from new work in October

Crew Leader Training

TAMBA will be hosting a U.S. Forest Service-approved 2 day crew leader training course on Sunday, May 7 and Saturday, May 13 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.

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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.

Sunday, May 7: 8:30am -5:00pm at the LTBMU Forest Supervisors Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Saturday, May 13: 8:30am-4pm, will be in the field, location TBD.  Weather conditions may require field location to be moved to Reno or Galena area.

Attendance to both days is mandatory for course completion.

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 trails@mountainbiketahoe.org.

New Trails this summer

Help fund new trails this summer at Fallen Leaf Lake and Angora Ridge. 

Let’s build some trails! Every $1 raised will build one foot of trail at Fallen Leaf Lake and Angora Ridge. Chris McNamara will show videos from some of the very first wingsuit BASE jumps off major US cliffs (and the 80+ El Capitan climbing ascents that led to them).

Tickets are $25 and 100 percent of the money goes to the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association to build trails. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Our goal for the night is to raise $10K!
How?

1 – OutdoorGearLab is donating a ton of gear. There will be a raffle (everyone will receive one ticket, and you will have the opportunity to buy more at the event)

2 –  A silent auction with skis, snowboards, electric skateboards, jackets and much more all starting at 70 percent off retail.

3 – An online auction will be here: http://stores.ebay.com/outdoorgearlabstore/ The auction starts Feb 19 and end the night of the event.

All money raised from the night will be matched PLUS any donations made to TAMBA in February will  be matched.

Here is a list of items in the raffle and silent auction: https://goo.gl/xVXiSd (It will be added to and updated over the next 10 days).

EVENT SCHEDULE

– 6:30 pm  Doors open
– 7 pm – Chris Mac show
– 8 pm- Raffle
– 8:30 pm – End of silent auction

Location:

Upstairs at Blue Angel Cafe
1132 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Feel free to join us for dinner and/or a drink at 5:30pm

See you there!

Chris McNamara and Corey Rich

PS: if you can’t make the event but want to support trails, please donate here: http://www.tamba.org/fll-trails/

PPS: Here are more details on the trails:

The Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Assn. (TAMBA) and the Forest Service are building new world-class trails around one of the most beautiful places in Tahoe: Angora Ridge and Fallen Leaf Lake. Three miles are funded – we’re raising money for the last three.

Because all donations are matched, roughly one dollar you donate builds one foot of trail. Please donate here: http://www.tamba.org/donate/

Fallen Leaf Lake is a gem at the base of Mount Tallac. To the west of the lake is Angora Ridge, site of the devastating 2007 Angora Fire. With your help, we can link many old user trails and connections to the new trails at Tahoe Mountain. The US Forest Service completed the hard work of environmental approvals for approximately 15 miles of new trails. These trails are ‘shovel ready’ but need funds for construction.

TAMBA is teaming up with the Forest Service in 2017 to build the first phase of these new trails: six miles in total on three new trails. More details here

Some of these trails will eventually be part of a bikeable trail around The Lake.

This project coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Angora Fire. On June 24, Lake Valley Fire Dept will host an event to remember the devastating 2007 fire and celebrate the rehabilitation of the area. Also, Lake Valley Fire is organizing volunteers to help with the trail building.

 

 

Are You Ready to Ski??

Heavenly Resort Logo

 

TAMBA gave away a pair Heavenly Lift Tickets to John Drum of South Lake Tahoe on 21 Jan and Eric Gerken of Reno on 11 Feb. Congratulations to them and happy skiing. Also, a big thank-you to everyone who joined or renewed their membership during this sweepstakes period. TAMBA added over 60 memberships in January and the first half of February…which is truly remarkable considering mountain biking is not prevalent subject this winter!

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