Our trail conditions page was updated May 22, 2016 – It’s been a solid winter and wet spring, most trails are clear to about 7,800 feet in elevation with patchy snow on the north faces, the high country is taking a while to melt off and still has a deep snow pack. New snow has continued to fall as recently as May 21.
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.
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!
Valley View Trail at Tahoe Mountain – May 15, 2016
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Winter on the Flume Trail
As of February 9, 2015 – It’s been a solid winter and the trails are snowed in top to bottom right now. The Bijou Bike Park is closed and will remain closed until it dries out this spring. Some lower trails may melt off soon, but please remember to the respect the trails – if your tires are sinking and leaving ruts, it’s not time to ride yet. Thanks and enjoy winter!
*Our predictions: This has been a fairly “normal” winter with snow fall. If we get a few more storms and no major cold snaps we’ll probably be riding lower lake level trails (Powerline, Tahoe City XC, etc) by mid to late April. Corral by late April or early May, and maybe upper reaches of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Toads by mid-June. Let’s see what happens.
Trail work in the Tahoe Basin will start the first week of May and earlier in the Reno area. Stay tuned!
More info on area trail conditions here.