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Advanced Trails Training

***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.

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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***

Canoe Hill Trails Public Scoping

The Bureau of Land Management is reviewing a trail proposal that would adopt the “Zipper” Trail out of Golden Eagle Park in Sparks, NV as a managed system trail and construct up to 13.4 miles of new trail to create a 23 mile trail system.  The project is in an area containing significant cultural resources so it will be an uphill battle, but if done correctly, the resources will be protected while maintaining trail access to the public.  You can check out all the information on the BLM project page.

Zipper trail

There will be a public workshop to present the project on Tuesday, February 17 at from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the Spanish Springs Elementary School, multi-purpose room, located at 100 Marilyn Mae Drive in Sparks.

Canoe Hill Map
If you cannot attend the meeting, you can submit comments via Mail or E-mail to:

Sierra Front Field Office, BLM
Attn. Brian Buttazoni
5665 Morgan Mill Road
Carson City, NV 89701

or via e-mail to:  (that’s an underscore between SFFO and EA, in case your browser doesn’t show it)

Form letters or cut and paste are counted as one comment, so your best bet is to pick a few of the below paragraphs and personalize them to your experiences or state why you support them.  BLM has created an outline on how to write substantive comments.

Examples to pick from and personalize with your experiences or desires:

– Non-motorized recreational trails have significant health, economic and social benefits to a community.  Trail networks near where people live encourage use and provide for increased quality of life.  Currently the City of Sparks has nearly zero non-motorized singletrack trails nearby requiring residents to drive to other nearby locations to experience trails.

– The new trails should be designed for sustainability with mountain bikes in mind.  Mountain bikers will likely be the largest user group of a majority of the proposed trails.  Ignoring this in the layout and design will affect the quality of the trail network for these users as well as the long term sustainability of the trails. High quality trails will be fun for riders while acknowledging the different riding styles and travel patterns of users that will ensure these trails will last with minimal maintenance.

-The proposed trail network as shown would be difficult to sign and navigate due to the excessive amount of intersections.  In open terrain with little vegetation such as what exists at the Canoe Hill area, trail sustainability works best when there are fewer intersections and trails that are not within sight of each other.

– There should be consideration to different difficulty levels of trails.  The stacked loop design works very well with easier trails closer to the trailheads and more challenging trails further away for the trailhead.  This provides for the desires of different levels of users while providing for risk management.  Alternate lines utilizing natural rock features alongside trails can provide the more technical option for advanced riders.

– We’d like to see more of an encouragement with the trails proposal on allowing local trail stewards to assist with the care and maintenance of the trails.  Grant funding into perpetuity is not guaranteed, but fostering stewardship opportunities from within the actual users of the trail can provide for the long term care and in most cases increases the quality of work.

– The network proposed would be an ideal location to host mountain bike and running events since the Golden Eagle Park trailhead can accommodate parking and staging.  This both provides for an economic benefit to the community but also introduces more people the the trail network and outdoor recreation in general.

– The connectivity options within the proposed network are excellent.  Loops are usually desired by users over out and back trails.  This also reduces user conflict by dispersing use over more trail miles and reducing the need for passing.  Additional consideration should be given to future connection south to the Tahoe Pyramid Bikeway.  This both provides for network inter-connectivity but also fits in with the long range master plan to encircle the Truckee Meadows by trail, creating the “Biggest Little Loop”.

The comment period closes March 12, 2015.

Thomas Creek Bridge #1

We’re almost done with the new bridge on Thomas Creek Trail.  It’s gone in with 17 people volunteering a combined 115 hours over 4 days.  Check out our project page for info on the other two bridges we will be building.  If you like that you can complete this loop without getting your feet wet next spring, please consider a donation to our trail building fund so we can install the next two bridges.  See last week’s news story on KOLO Channel 8.

The first bridge over Thomas Creek nearing completion.

The first bridge over Thomas Creek nearing completion, awaiting the dirt ramps on either side.

Tahoe City Trail Day

Trail Day Tahoe City 2014

Trail Day – Tyrolean DH

Join us for a TAMBA Trail Day on the Tyrolean DH trail in Incline Village.  Monday, May 27, meet at the upper Diamond Peak parking lot at the end of Ski Way at 9am.  We’ll be walking up the trail to the work location and doing a reroute to remove some of the failing switchbacks.  Lunch provided by T’s Rotisserie, End of day BBQ sponsored by Village Ski Loft.  Come on out and build some trail!

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