New Monument Trail Preview

This past weekend we got to check out the progress the Forest Service has made this year on the new Monument trail. This will be an awesome new trail opening even more riding possibilities connecting the TRT, Star Lake and Cold Creek Trails.

Great alignment with fun terrain and views of High Meadow, Monument Peak, Trimmer, Jobs and Freel. At the top of Cold Creek Trail the new Monument trail will snake above a drainage filled with aspens which were just starting to turn golden yellow.

Along with Jacob from the USFS we had 16 TAMBA volunteers hand building the lower ½ mile of trail out of High Meadow, buffing out and finishing trail from the mini-excavator that left a nice 30” tread.

The trail is not ready to ride and does not connect through yet. The Forest Service only has 7 people working out there until October 15th and there’s still about half the trail that needs to be built including some massive rock work.
If all goes well, this new trail be open around August 1st next year.

Monument Trail Ride and Build Day

What: Monument Trail Ride and Build Day

Where:: Meet at High Meadow Gate, we will ride up either Cold Creek or High Meadow road to the new Monument Trail.

When: Sunday September 30th from 9am to 4pm.

Bring: Bike, helmet, gloves and everything you need for a ride.  We will provide lunch, snacks, donuts and coffee for breakfast, plus a post ride BBQ.

Ride and Build day on the brand new Monument Trail at the top of Cold Creek Trail above High Meadow.  This will be a half day group ride showcasing Cold Creek and Star Lake trails plus a half day work day on another fantastic addition to Tahoe’s trail system.


Tahoe Fat Tire Festival

The Tahoe Fat Tire Festival is less than a week away and preregistration for the event closes at 8pm on 9/18.

Mountain bikers from all over will come to Squaw Valley from September 20-23, 2012 for the return of the Tahoe Fat Tire Festival. Formerly one of the largest mountain bike events on the west coast, the festival is being brought back by the Truckee Trails Foundation and Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association in an effort to promote the Tahoe area and to create a fundraising event to support trail projects.

 Presented by New Belgium Brewing, Barefoot Wines and the North Lake Tahoe Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival will include five race events, a mountain bike stage race, group mountain bike rides, skill clinics, vendors, movies, trail work classes, and music. Squaw Valley will be opening its bike park and trail network for the four days of the festival.

The festival kicks off Thursday night with the exciting Short Track race through the Village at Squaw Valley. Friday brings the Pearl Izumi Mountain Hillclimb race from the Village to High Camp. Saturday will host both the Sierra Cup Regional Championship Series Cross-Country event presented by the Reno Wheelmen and the Nor-Cal State Downhill Championships presented by Royal Racing. The Festival wraps up on Sunday with a Super-D race featuring over 2000′ of descending. There is excellent spectator viewing for all events from the KT Sundeck.
During the Festival, there also will be group rides both on and off-site with shuttles by Tahoe Mountain Guides, beginner and intermediate skill clinics, a mountain bike film festival presented by Yelo Velo, and trail work classes with the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew on the Western States Trail. The Tahoe Sierra Century road ride on Saturday also is based out of Squaw Valley.
For more information and to register, visit

Forest Service meeting will discuss plans for Fallen Leaf Lake trails

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host a meeting to explain and answer questions about its plan for trails in the Fallen Leaf Lake area.Under the plan, the LTBMU would expand and improve public parking and access and install water quality best management practices (BMPs) at existing and proposed parking sites. The project would improve the trail system to provide access to popular destinations, while reducing congestion and user conflict. Many trails would receive BMPs upgrades to meet current Forest Service standards, while others are proposed for decommissioning. A primary difference among the six alternatives is how they would address the existing bridge over Fallen Leaf Lake dam and the Taylor Creek stream crossings, the issue that drew the most public comment.

The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m, on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at the Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150. Staff will explain the current preferred alternative and additional alternatives, discuss how the Forest Service addressed public comment received during public scoping and answer questions.

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Bands for Bikes party this Friday

What: Bands for Bikes: A Benefit Party for the SLT Community Bike Park.
When: Friday, September 14th @ 6pm. Music at 7pm
Where: The American Legion. 2748 Lake Tahoe Boulevard South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Cost: $10

This is an all ages event. Families welcome and encouraged.

There will be music by Dad’s LPs and 4-Piece Puzzle, a BMX bike demo, an awesome raffle, silent auction, dancing, and super fun photobooth!

Big thanks to the Tahoe Mountain News for helping sponsor the event. Raffle and silent auction items from the following businesses: Pearl Izumi South Lake Tahoe, Svadhyaya Yoga Studio, Keys Cafe, Après Wine Company, CamelBak, POC, Rick Gunn Photography, Five Ten and more!

If you would like more information on the bike park, sponsorship opportunities, or would like to donate to the raffle or silent auction, please contact Lauren Lindley at LLindley at pearlizumi dot com.

Click here for more information on the bike park and other projects.