Another 1/2 mile of new features has been built on Lower Corral Trail. This 2 week build came about very fast. On a Sunday afternoon we were flagging the new alignment and the very next day the USFS had a 5 person crew digging.
This is a testament to the respect we have gained with the US Forest Service and the dedication of our volunteers to help out. The section of trail finishes off what we worked on last year (in partnership with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and USFS) but is in a steeper area that gave us great opportunities for new features like elbow dragging berms, step up jumps, table top jumps and a rebuild of the 25′ long rock lip jump.
TAMBA paid for the equipment rentals (about $4,000) and supported with multiple volunteer build days, in total about 60 volunteers helped out on this two week build. Our biggest thanks go out to Jacob and his crew at the US Forest Service. True team effort!
Flagging the new alignment on June 14
Finishing the build on June 27
Building the take off on the new 25′ long jump
TAMBA Crew Leader testing the new big jump
Text book berms
Water, it’s the most important ingredient
Jacob from the Forest Service
For more photos please visit our flickr album HERE.
We have two projects currently under construction through the month of June. Corral Trail is getting even better again, with a big section of new trail being built in partnership with the US Forest Service, a 6 person USFS crew will be working full time (Mon-Fri, 8am to 5pm) through the end of June along with TAMBA volunteers. We have two big weekend volunteer trail days schedule with free food and beer on June 21 and June 27. Meet at 9am at the lower parking lot. Two mid-week trail days are June 23 and 25, meet on the trail for these. Wear study shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Bring a bike to test ride.
Trail work continues this summer on the new Snapdragon Trail in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park with a goal of completing it by Mid-July. Multiple trail days coming up with options for weekend and mid-week participation. We get lots of requests for trail days during the week for the folks that work on the weekends so here’s your chance! All trail days meet at 9am behind the Tunnel Creek Cafe in Incline Village. It’s a 3 mile 4wd caravan/carpool up to the worksite. Bring a bike and helmet if you want to leave early. All trail days will go to 3-ish. Please bring a lunch and water and wear long sleeves and long pants.
Friday, June 19 – Snapdragon Trail
Wednesday, June 24 – Snapdragon Trail
Then starting in early July 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.
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
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!
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
***Class POSTPONED. Stay tuned for a new date***
We’re hosting an advanced trail building training class on July 18th on Kingsbury. This is meant for those that have already taken a basic trail building course or are crew leaders. This will primarily focus on rock wall construction and rock armoring and safe procedures for working with rock using hand and powered tools. The class size is very limited with preference given to our current crew leaders.
Class will be from 8am-5pm on the Kingsbury Stinger Trail. Exact meet location will be sent to those accepted into the class. The class size is ten students with preference given to our current crew leaders, then current members. Please state your trails experience in the registration form. The course is free.
Click HERE to register.
***Class POSTPONED. Stay tuned for a new date***