Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association and USFS undertaking ambitious trail work
Winter and construction are Tahoe’s two seasons — it’s the running joke in most mountain towns. But increasingly it’s as much applicable to trail work projects as it is highway construction.
Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association and the Tahoe Basin U.S. Forest Service will be working on a number of trail building and maintenance efforts throughout the summer, and continue to seek interested volunteers.
“There are so many [approved] projects,” TAMBA president Ben Fish said. “We need more hands.”
Fish described six major trail projects across the basin, as well as a number of trail maintenance efforts currently underway.
“Volunteer work is starting up this weekend and will continue strong through the fall,” he said, crediting the group’s now over 30 trained crew leaders that are able to operate independently of the Forest Service on approved projects.
Among the most noteworthy for this summer, the Forest Service is expected to complete the four-mile reroute of the Kingsbury Stinger Trail above Stateline on the South Shore.
“This summer is all hands on deck,” Fish said. “It’s technically a reroute, but the old trail is going away.”
Initiated by TAMBA in conjunction with the Forest Service, the multi-year project is expected to be completed by October.
When complete, it will include four new miles of trail designed to be more sustainable than the original trail. With more consideration to trail design, the environmentally friendly, multi-use trail will include better drainage and erosion control.
The Forest Service will have one full-time trail crew working on it starting in June along with a number of scheduled volunteer trail days.
“It’s a really cool story,” Fish said, describing the joint effort between the two organizations.
WEEKLY WORK DAYS
TAMBA officials will also resume their Maintenance Monday volunteer work sessions at the newly completed Bijou Bike Park every Monday evening starting in June. Sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. as weather allows.
Additionally, the group is looking to begin weekly trail work and ride sessions on Fridays as needed on a number of the organization’s adopted trails.
“Right now we’re trying it out to see how it goes,” TAMBA crew leader Scott Brown said of the first-year trial program. “It’s really trying to do preventative maintenance.”
Interested volunteers can sign up for email notices through Google Groups. Weekly emails will include location and meeting times for each project. Efforts are expected to be on different sections of trails each week.
“I’m interested in doing the non-sexy stuff,” Brown said.
Sessions will include minor maintenance and be followed by a group ride.
WEEKEND WARRIOR WORK
TAMBA and the Tahoe Basin Forest Service will kick off their maintenance season on Memorial Day, May 30, at the North Shore with the groups’ annual Tyrolean Trail work day at Incline Village. The event will start at 9 a.m.
More information is available at http://www.tamba.org and on the TAMBA Facebook page.