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TAMBA was established in 1988 to represent the interests of all mountain bikers in Lake Tahoe and Truckee when working with land managers and other user groups to keep our trails open, and to volunteer with trail maintenance, and to be spokespeople for our healthy lifestyle.

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 21
Oct 9

Below are a few photos from our volunteer day on June 11, thanks to the 47 volunteers that helped out!

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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  

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
 
 
 

Comments needed by January 15, 2016

The U.S. Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking input (meaning your comments) on a proposal for the management of trails, roads and facilities on FS land – this includes the potential to permit guiding services, events and even shuttles. READ the proposal here.  

The TAMBA board feels that any commercial activities on public trails should include a component of stewardship, user education and trail maintenance. Right now the Forest Service has a skeleton crew working on the trails along with many volunteers from the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, TAMBA and other nonprofits. Please read the documents in this link and make informed comments before January 15, 2016. For more information on the proposal and how to comment, contact Daniel Cressy at 530-543-2694 or email dcressy@fs.fed.us.
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Here is a link to our TAMBA comment letter.

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