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Tahoe’s new Kingsbury Stinger Trail

This year we helped build a new trail. It took many years to get the alignment right, partnerships lined up and permitting done through the leadership from the U.S. Forest Service – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The new Kingsbury Stinger Trail is another piece in the puzzle and will allow for more opportunities for future trails in the area. This video was made by First Tracks Productions to show how the new trail came about. Thanks to everyone that helped build (133 volunteers), along with trail crews from the USFS and American Conservation Experience, cooperation from Tahoe Rim Trail Association, grant funding from Nevada recreational trails program your Connection to Adventure and local bike shop Shoreline of Tahoe for leading multiple trail days. Enjoy! 

https://vimeo.com/191202355

 

 

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

Winter Trail Conditions

Flume Trail in Winter

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.

 

Fall Party – November 20

Celebrate an amazing year at TAMBA’s Fall Party and membership drive. We’ll have some new TAMBA goods for sale, a raffle, and updates on trail projects. 2015 has been the best and busiest year – we got the Bijou Bike Park built, finished Corral Trail, built the new Snapdragon Trail, built a re-route on Stanford Rock, held regular trail days on Tyrolean and had some amazing events like the Meyers Mtn Bike Fest, Corral Night Ride and Rose to Toads. Join in the fun and celebrate more good things to come!Fall-Flyer-151120

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