TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee area residents and visitors love trails. Whether for an early morning bird watching hike, a conditioning run, or an exhilarating mountain bike ride, trails provide the opportunity to get outside, breathe clean air, connect with nature, and stay healthy. This summer, Truckee Trails Foundation (TTF) is stepping up trail maintenance efforts to ensure beloved trails remain safe and sustainable long into the future.
Truckee Trails Foundation’s Good Dirty Fun trail program, made possible through a partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Truckee Donner Land Trust (TDLT), is greatly enhancing trail maintenance with three full-time trail crew workers who will be out all summer giving favorite trails much-needed repair work.
“I am thrilled to have the Truckee Trails Foundation as a partner to help with our wonderful trails on National Forest land and throughout the area,” said Joanne Roubique, Truckee District Ranger for the USFS.
Allison Pedley, executive director of the Truckee Trails Foundation, agrees this is a critical effort. “While our volunteer trail days will continue to make great strides, having a full-time summer trail crew is going to make a huge difference in the quality of our trails and the trail user experience.”
A first step in summer trail maintenance is removing downed logs blocking the path or posing a hazard to trail users. Already, TTF’s trail crew has been out on the Mt. Judah Loop and, more recently, Hole in the Ground trail. “Getting Hole in the Ground clear before people even start to use the trail is going to make a huge difference,” said TTF crew leader Joe Saksa. “Who wants to repeatedly stop for downed logs?”
Trail users should already see benefits early maintenance out on the Sawtooth Trail, where Tahoe Mountain Guides and CyclePaths recently helped TTF bring out a crew of more than 30 to trip back brush that was inhibiting enjoyment on that trail. Northstar’s Specialty Sports Venture team and staff from the Truckee River Watershed Council have also joined forces with TTF to help get a new trail on the map: the Stockrest Springs Trail, which will run past the USFS Office and intersect with Donner Pass Road just uphill from Glenshire Drive. Trail work will continue throughout the summer, with work anticipated on the Donner Lake Rim Trail, Emigrant Trail, Donner Camp Interpretative Trail, Mount Lola, the Granite Chief Wilderness, and continued work on Hole in the Ground.
“It’s going to be a great summer for trails,” said Pedley.
For more information on TTF’s Good Dirty Fun trail program or to inquire about volunteer opportunities to work on trails call 530-587-8214 or visit www.truckeetrails.org.
About Truckee Trails Foundation
Truckee Trails Foundation is a locally based nonprofit that envisions a system of trails that will connect people and places, promote the economy, and improve physical, social, and environmental health. Truckee Trails Foundation advocates for the building and maintenance of trails to ensure that they are safe and environmentally sustainable.