Fall Party – Nov. 11th

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Celebrate the end of another great riding season Friday, November 11th at Heavenly California Lodge. We’ll be showing First Decent: The Average Season, a backcountry ski movie filmed in Lake Tahoe, the Eastern Sierras and Colorado. Attendance is FREE and all ages are welcome!

Heavenly will be offering a pasta dinner for $12.95 and the California Bar will be open to purchase drinks. We’ll be holding a raffle and renewing memberships. If you would like to renew online prior to the event, visit our membership page.

Date: Friday, November 11th
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Where: Heavenly California Lodge, 3860 Saddle Road, SLT

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

Help Build the New Kingsbury Stinger Trail

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. 
June 17
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!

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Tahoe Trails Summit: May 6-8

 

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Ride, socialize, participate, learn, and have fun at our lake front Tahoe Trails Summit! FREE and open to the public. For more info and registration please visit the event website HERE. 

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
 
 
 

Trail Conditions

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

Valley View Trail at Tahoe Mountain – May 15, 2016

Crew Leader Training

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.

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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.

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 trails@tamba.org  

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