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Corral Trail Recap

On June 14th we had a grand reopening party for the Lower Corral Trail construction. The project has been a huge sucess for everyone involved in terms of PR, community support, partnerships, knowledge growth and building really cool (legal) mountain bike features in the Forest.  BIKE magazine ran an online article last week that got a lot of hits nationally, you can READ IT HERE.  In addition there’s been some more national coverage with mention in the Huffington Post about 5 trails that deliver stoke and sustainability.

The plan below shows what’s been built and not built.  You can see we have even more features to build in the future with your help! It’s amazing what can happen with strong volunteers, community support and just a little bit of money.

What's been built at Corral Trail Built as of June 14, 2014

What’s been built at Lower Corral Trail as of June 14, 2014

We have no plans to build the rest this year, we’re out of money and it’s too dry right now. Things could change if money becomes available for the Fall or next Spring.

The biggest thanks needs to go to the US Forest Service. Without Jacob, Garrett and their bosses this project never would have happened. They came up with the idea about the same time we were getting TAMBA back together. Then they contracted the design while we organized community input.  Finally the USFS let us run with construction.  Please keep talking up this project and drumming up support for TAMBA and future projects because this is just the beginning. If the business community can get on board with supporting projects like this we’ll accomplish a lot more.  Thanks!

Kids "Ribbon Cutting" for the grand reopening on June 14, 2014

Kids “Ribbon Cutting” for the grand reopening on June 14, 2014

Trail Build Days

Clear your calendar for June 14th Corral Party and volunteer trail building. We have a big day planned partnering with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship again. They’ll be bringing the party trailer, beers, BBQ and tunes. We’ll also be joined by some fine folks over at BIKE magazine that will be in Tahoe working on a feature story for an upcoming issue. Free event, but please RSVP so we have an idea of how much food, drink and trail tools are needed.

For more info on how the project has been coming together check out this video put together by First Track Productions.

We will also be working on Corral Sunday June 8th, we could really use the help. Please show up at 9 a.m. to help buff out some of the new Corral features, please wear long pants and sleeves for the trail work. Then join us for some test riding and post work party!


May 30, June 8th and June 14th – Corral Trail, South Lake Tahoe - We need you help to keep building more features on Lower Corral. Come out to see what our trail crew has been build and get some tips and tricks for building better jumps.  Bring bikes for post work “test riding” – Meet at the dirt parking lot at 9am (bottom of Corral).  RSVP so we have a head count for food and tools. Free post work BBQ for all volunteers at the bottom and afterwards.

For more information about the Corral Enhancement Project visit our project page HERE.

Our June 14th date will be a BIG Party with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship again along with a grand reopening.  DO NOT MISS THIS!



Corral Volunteer Build Days May 17 and June 14

Help us build some of the 30 new features being added to Lower Corral Trail and see what our trail crew has been building.  Please wear long sleeves, pants and sturdy shoes.  Bring bikes for post work “test riding”

Meet at the dirt parking lot at 9am (bottom of Corral).  RSVP so we have a head count for food and tools. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Free post work BBQ for all volunteers at the bottom and afterwards.

For more information visit our project page HERE.

Corral Volunteer Days

Corral Trail Construction Starts May 5th!

The time has come to build.  Construction on the 30 plus new features on Lower Corral trails starts Monday May 5th. TAMBA and the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) have an official partnership to build the Corral Trail Enhancement project. SBTS has more than 10 years of experience building trails on US Forest Service land and has the proper insurance, personnel and equipment to lead this project.

Proposed Plan

Proposed Plan

A formal contract has been signed between the SBTS, who will act as lead contractor. TAMBA raised $25,000 in private donations in the last year to help pay for this project. The money will be used to pay for labor, equipment rentals and materials costs. All work performed will meet the design intent and criteria of the construction documents and approval of the U.S. Forest Service.

The construction team will be led by legendary Downieville rider/builder Henry O’Donnell and be a mix of SBTS employees and TAMBA volunteers including Kris Morehead, Benny McGinnis and Kevin Joell. Oversight will be provided by the LTBMU staff. Construction is expected to take up to four weeks working Monday-Thursday. It is advised that users take alternate routes around Lower Corral such as Incense Cedar Trail to avoid delaying construction activities.

TAMBA and SBTS will jointly hold a volunteer workday from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 17, followed by a get together Saturday evening at Divided Sky and a guided mountain bike ride on Sunday.

Accomplishments and Highlights

2013 Highlights

  • Trail Build Days.  TAMBA volunteers have contributed about 5,000 hours of trail building and maintenance since 2011.  For 2013 we put in over 1,000 volunteer hours of trail building with over 20 individual trail days around Lake Tahoe.  Trails worked on include Mr Toads, Sidewinder, Corral, Tyrolean Incline Village, Tahoe City Rim Trail Connector, Cold Creek, Sunflower Hill, Flume Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Galena, and the new Monument Trail above High Meadow.
  • Rose to Toads Ride.  2013 marked the third annual Rose to Toads ride – this was the year of fire and snow.  Our Labor Day date got smoked out from the Yosemite Rim Fire, and our Sept 22nd rescheduled date was greeted with fresh snow in the high country.  It was the most memorable ride so far.
  • Kirkwood Sierra Cup Races.  Fundraiser included XC and Super D races in July.
  • Tahoe Fat Tire Festival.  2013 was the 2nd annual festival and fundraiser with races and events over 3 days in September.
  • Fundraising for new trail projects.  TAMBA rose over $20,000 in the summer of 2013 to build new mountain bike specific jumps and features on Corral Trail and also to go towards the new Kingsbury Stinger trail both to begin work in 2014.
  • Partnership with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship to build out the planned improvements on Corral Trail starting in May 2014.
  • Corral Night Ride – we brought back an old harebrained idea some of us had in the past and ended up with about 60 people riding bikes in the dark on Corral trail dressed in crazy costumes.  That’s to Jetlites for supplying free demo lights.  Read more from the Angry Single Speeder’s column on MTBR.
  • We threw Spring and Fall parties with big raffles and brews, thanks to everyone that joined as a member at the parties and the local businesses that donated towards the raffles.
  • We grew with your involvement.  Membership (150 paid in 2013) / Email list (800 address) / Facebook (2400 following)
  • Teaming with area groups to host joint trail works days including the Podunks, Muscle Powered, and Tahoe Rim Trail Association.
  • New crew leaders and volunteers stepped up – we had 6 new crew leaders and about 75 new volunteers in 2013.

2014 Projects

  • Bike Park at Heavenly:  Heavenly Mountain Resorts is in the planning and permitting stages of adding more summer actives on the mountain including a new bike park.  The bike park will be at the top of the Gondola, with lift access on Big Easy and Comet Express lifts.  9-10 miles of new lift-serviced trails will be built along with a skills area and pump track.  Potential connections to the Tahoe Rim Trail near Mott Canyon and also a longer single track connector trail on the front side towards Van Sickle are also being looked at.  TAMBA is very excited to be giving input on this new project that might be built starting in 2015.  More information and a map can be found online: HERE
  • Corral Trail Building 2014 with the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (May)
  • Tahoe Mountain Trail Work (May/ June/ July 2014)
  • Bijou Bike Park (Pump track to be built summer 2014)
  • Kingsbury Stinger (September/ October 2014)
  • NV State Parks – East side of Tunnel Creek single track connector (Summer 2014)