Trail Days

The dig season in the Tahoe Basin has started! On May 2nd we held a build day with about 40 volunteers on Corral Trail to rework some of the new features, jumps, berms and booters. After the trail work a hearty session of test riding broke out. The trail is in prime shape right now.

We’ll turn our attention to other trails now with our next public trail build day on May 25th on Tyrolean in Incline Village. Then in June the US Forest Service will start construction on a brand new 4.5 mile trail off Kingsbury Grade which is a complete rebuild of the old Stinger Trail. More info HERE. We will hold multiple build days out here this summer in partnership with the USFS. Visit our events page and Facebook page for more dates to get involved.

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Corral Trail Day, Saturday May 2

The dig season in the Tahoe Basin starts this week. To kick it off we’ll host a trail day on the beloved Corral Trail this Saturday May 2nd – reworking some of the new features. Then we’ll turn our attention to many other trails this summer including Tyrolean, Mr. Toads, the new Snapdragon, and a brand new 4.5 mile trail off Kingsbury Grade in partnership with the USFS. Join us this Saturday 5/2 at 9am at the dirt parking area. We’ll end around 1pm and host a free BBQ for all volunteers (with drinks). Wear long sleeves, pants, sturdy shoes and bring your bike for test riding.

May 2 - Corral Trail Day

May 2 – Corral Trail Day

Spring Party! Wed. April 29, 6pm

Come and party with TAMBA on Wednesday April 29 at 6pm at the SLT American Legion. We’ll have info on upcoming projects including Bijou Bike Park, Kingsbury Stinger, Heavenly, Corral and many more. Membership drive with free schwag if you join or renew in person. DJ BerkMon will be spinning some tunes, Lauren Lindley will have her famous photobooth, and drink specials flowing all night. FREE, ALL AGES, bring your friends and family!

SpringParty-2015

Crew Leader Training

TAMBA will be hosting a U.S. Forest Service-approved crew leader training course the weekend of April 11-12, 2015 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. Although trail building standards and best practices will be reviewed, 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 11: 8:00am -5:00pm at the LTBMU Forest Supervisors Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA

Sunday April 12: will be in the field, location TBD.  Weather conditions may require field location to be moved to Reno or Galena area.

The cost is $40 for non-TAMBA volunteers, free for TAMBA volunteers(e-mail for discount code), RSVP required.

CLICK HERE to register.

More info email Kevin at trails @ mountainbiketahoe.org

 

What’s going on in 2015?

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So you’re sitting on the chairlift and someone asks you what’s going on with TAMBA.
Here’s our chairlift update – quick and dirty (just like this winter):

  • This spring we will start building the 4 acre Bijou Bike Park in partnership with the City of South Lake Tahoe.
  •  The new 4.5 mile Kingsbury Stinger Trail will start construction in June with full time USFS crews and TAMBA volunteer days.
  •  The 5th Annual Rose to Toads ride kicks off at 6am on Sunday, September 6th 
  • The Meyers Mountain Bike Fest is planned for August 9th at the Divided Sky.
  • Don’t miss the Corral Night Ride on October 17 .
  • Trails days are planned for Tyrolean DH, Corral, Toads, Tahoe City, and more.
  • The new Snap Dragon Trail that we’re building in Lake Tahoe NV State Park will be complete this summer with planning underway for new trails in the park.
  • We have a proposal in to adopt and improve the Brown’s Creek Trail in Galena, construction may begin as early as this fall.
  • More features and jumps will be built on Lower Corral Trail this Fall contingent on winning an OHV grant in partnership with the USFS and SBTS.
  • Heavenly Bike Park is moving forward with lift accessed trails and public connector trails, pending approvals in late spring
  • Plus, a feature article about Tahoe will be published in the May issue of BIKE magazine

Canoe Hill Trails Public Scoping

The Bureau of Land Management is reviewing a trail proposal that would adopt the “Zipper” Trail out of Golden Eagle Park in Sparks, NV as a managed system trail and construct up to 13.4 miles of new trail to create a 23 mile trail system.  The project is in an area containing significant cultural resources so it will be an uphill battle, but if done correctly, the resources will be protected while maintaining trail access to the public.  You can check out all the information on the BLM project page.

Zipper trail

There will be a public workshop to present the project on Tuesday, February 17 at from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the Spanish Springs Elementary School, multi-purpose room, located at 100 Marilyn Mae Drive in Sparks.

Canoe Hill Map
If you cannot attend the meeting, you can submit comments via Mail or E-mail to:

Sierra Front Field Office, BLM
Attn. Brian Buttazoni
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

or via e-mail to: SFFO_EA@blm.gov  (that’s an underscore between SFFO and EA, in case your browser doesn’t show it)

Form letters or cut and paste are counted as one comment, so your best bet is to pick a few of the below paragraphs and personalize them to your experiences or state why you support them.  BLM has created an outline on how to write substantive comments.

Examples to pick from and personalize with your experiences or desires:

– Non-motorized recreational trails have significant health, economic and social benefits to a community.  Trail networks near where people live encourage use and provide for increased quality of life.  Currently the City of Sparks has nearly zero non-motorized singletrack trails nearby requiring residents to drive to other nearby locations to experience trails.

– The new trails should be designed for sustainability with mountain bikes in mind.  Mountain bikers will likely be the largest user group of a majority of the proposed trails.  Ignoring this in the layout and design will affect the quality of the trail network for these users as well as the long term sustainability of the trails. High quality trails will be fun for riders while acknowledging the different riding styles and travel patterns of users that will ensure these trails will last with minimal maintenance.

-The proposed trail network as shown would be difficult to sign and navigate due to the excessive amount of intersections.  In open terrain with little vegetation such as what exists at the Canoe Hill area, trail sustainability works best when there are fewer intersections and trails that are not within sight of each other.

– There should be consideration to different difficulty levels of trails.  The stacked loop design works very well with easier trails closer to the trailheads and more challenging trails further away for the trailhead.  This provides for the desires of different levels of users while providing for risk management.  Alternate lines utilizing natural rock features alongside trails can provide the more technical option for advanced riders.

– We’d like to see more of an encouragement with the trails proposal on allowing local trail stewards to assist with the care and maintenance of the trails.  Grant funding into perpetuity is not guaranteed, but fostering stewardship opportunities from within the actual users of the trail can provide for the long term care and in most cases increases the quality of work.

– The network proposed would be an ideal location to host mountain bike and running events since the Golden Eagle Park trailhead can accommodate parking and staging.  This both provides for an economic benefit to the community but also introduces more people the the trail network and outdoor recreation in general.

– The connectivity options within the proposed network are excellent.  Loops are usually desired by users over out and back trails.  This also reduces user conflict by dispersing use over more trail miles and reducing the need for passing.  Additional consideration should be given to future connection south to the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway.  This both provides for network inter-connectivity but also fits in with the long range master plan to encircle the Truckee Meadows by trail, creating the “Biggest Little Loop”.

The comment period closes March 12, 2015.

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