TAMBA, Forest Service aim to connect Kingsbury Stinger Trail by October; multiple trail work days scheduled | TahoeDailyTribune.com

TAMBA, Forest Service aim to connect Kingsbury Stinger Trail by October; multiple trail work days scheduled

Anthony Gentile | agentile@tahoedailytribune.com
A biker rides over a feature on the Kingsbury Stinger Trail during a Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association trail work day June 11. TAMBA is working in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service to rebuild the trail, a project slated for completion by October.
Courtesy / TAMBA.org |

Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association has spent its summer taking the sting out of the Kingsbury Stinger Trail on the South Shore. In conjunction with U.S. Forest Service and through volunteer days, the organization plans to see the once-closed trail above Stateline rerouted and connected by October.

“We’ve been having regular trail days out there,” TAMBA president Ben Fish said.

TAMBA’s next trail work day at the South Shore trail is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 12 — volunteers meet at 9 a.m. at the end of North Benjamin and Andria drives in Kingsbury and walk or ride to the work site. Kingsbury Stinger work days are also set for Aug. 21, Aug. 26 and Sept. 21.

“The trail will be connected, but we’re going to continue to have some volunteer days out there throughout the future,” Fish said. “You might be able to move through the trail and build the trail, but then you know that there are cool rock rows that we can get to later.”

The main trail is slated for completion in October, built by volunteers, American Conservation Experience crews and Forest Service workers. It will be motorized like the original version, while featuring new bike-friendly components — according to TAMBA’s website, it was one of the forces that helped the group join back together in 2010.

“We’re doing a lot of mountain-bike specific features — rock rides and cool features on the side of the trail,” Fish said. “That’s stuff that we’ll continue doing.”


Next summer, TAMBA and the U.S. Forest Service aim to complete the first phase of trail work near Fallen Leaf Lake and Angora Ridge on the South Shore. The group held a kickoff party in July and raised $5,000 of a targeted $120,000 needed for the phase.

Fish said the project is shovel-ready, but not yet funded. Next summer’s planned phase features three trails and six miles of work:

Reconstruction of the two-mile Rock Garden Trail that parallels Fallen Leaf Road to Tahoe Mountain Road to make it a 24-inch shared-use trail. According to TAMBA, the trail exists but is barely useable for much of its length.

A new 18-inch trail will run the full length of Angora Ridge Road, approximately 2.5 miles. It will parallel the road with new singletrack in the forest.

The new Angora Ridge Trail will also be connected to nearby trails via connectors totaling 1.5 miles. It will drop down to Fallen Leaf Lake Road via the Church Trail, and into the neighborhood via a connection with Mule Deer Circle.

For more information on TAMBA and its events and projects, visit http://www.tamba.org.

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