What’s going on in 2015?

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So you’re sitting on the chairlift and someone asks you what’s going on with TAMBA.
Here’s our chairlift update – quick and dirty (just like this winter):

  • This spring we will start building the 4 acre Bijou Bike Park in partnership with the City of South Lake Tahoe.
  •  The new 4.5 mile Kingsbury Stinger Trail will start construction in June with full time USFS crews and TAMBA volunteer days.
  •  The 5th Annual Rose to Toads ride kicks off at 6am on Sunday, September 6th 
  • The Meyers Mountain Bike Fest is planned for August 9th at the Divided Sky.
  • Don’t miss the Corral Night Ride on October 17 .
  • Trails days are planned for Tyrolean DH, Corral, Toads, Tahoe City, and more.
  • The new Snap Dragon Trail that we’re building in Lake Tahoe NV State Park will be complete this summer with planning underway for new trails in the park.
  • We have a proposal in to adopt and improve the Brown’s Creek Trail in Galena, construction may begin as early as this fall.
  • More features and jumps will be built on Lower Corral Trail this Fall contingent on winning an OHV grant in partnership with the USFS and SBTS.
  • Heavenly Bike Park is moving forward with lift accessed trails and public connector trails, pending approvals in late spring
  • Plus, a feature article about Tahoe will be published in the May issue of BIKE magazine

Winter Trail Conditions

It’s depressing to post this in the middle of winter, heck we should be buried up to our ears in snow right now but the sad truth is we haven’t put the bikes away and it’s fun to get out for a little ride after cruising groomers at the local ski resort… just don’t expect summer conditions on the trails – mud, snow, ice and downed trees make the conditions here less than ideal on most trails.

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Van Sickle - Super Bowl weekend

Van Sickle – Super Bowl weekend

OK, so where to ride???

  • Tahoe Mountain in South Lake Tahoe is a wintertime favorite.
  • Powerlines and Lower Cold Creek are OK right now, with a few trees down closer to Ski Run. Snow and ice covers upper Cold Creek, Star Lake is socked in.
  • Lower Van Sickle Trail is fun with some snow and ice above the waterfall.
  • Cedar and Sidewinder are good to go with some ice patches.
  • Flume Trail is snowy and icy, but with a little effort you can be riding up there in the winter! (Best to go up from Tunnel Creek)
  • Reno has all time conditions, check out the trails at Peavine. MAP HERE
  • Genoa and Carson Valley have some fun new trails, Clear Creek has been super popular (and busy). MAPS HERE
Carson Valley's Clear Creek Trail

Carson Valley’s Clear Creek Trail

TRAIL CONDITIONS PAGE will be updated as needed… and remember if you don’t see a trail here listed we either don’t know the status or it’s no good. So save the questions about what it’s like on Toads or Hole In the Ground!

Crunchy conditions in January

 

 

2014 Trail Work Summary

The numbers are in for recorded TAMBA volunteer hours under our Volunteer Services Agreements with the US Forest Service and Lake Tahoe Nevada State Parks in 2014.
This inclues trail work on Corral, Sidewinder, Armstrong Connector, Toads, Tahoe Mountain System, Tyrolean, Thomas Creek, Whites Creek, Tahoe City TRT Connector, Sunflower Hill, Flume Trail, Marlette Creek, and the new Snapdragon (Tunnel Creek east) trail.

These numbers are for trail work only, does not include planning, flagging, design, or admin time.  Impressive job, thanks to everyone who contributed this year!

86 trail days

363 people

3,905 hours
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Year End Party

Join us on Wednesday November 12, 6pm at the American Legion to celebrate a brilliant year of mountain biking in Tahoe!

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Fall Rides

We have two free fun rides planned for this fall, come out and join us!

Saturday October 18 is the Corral Night Ride - An evening where hearty souls stage a night ride with Halloween revelry.  Riders dressed as ghouls, disco freaks, and other random weirdness are all ready to ride mountain bikes in the dark, how cool is that? You’ve got to be here to experience it.  Meet at the Corral parking area at 5:30pm.
On Sunday October 12 we’re teaming up with the USFS to host a grand opening celebration on the NEW Monument Pass Trail above Cold Creek and High Meadow. Some of the trail building crew will be there along with the head honchos at the Forest Service, this is your chance to get out for a big ride and personally thank the people responsible for getting this new trail built (along with Star Lake and the rebuild of Cold Creek).  Meet at 9am at Bijou Park, we’ll ride from there on a big “lollipop” loop and then end with a BBQ back at the park.

 

Advocacy for Bike Parks!

Two new bike parks in Tahoe will potentially be under construction next year with your help.  Heavenly Bike Park and Bijou Bike Park

The Heavenly Bike Park is part of the Epic Discovery Project. This project proposes new summer activities at Heavenly including a lift service mountain bike park and new connector trails to the Rim Trail and Van Sickle.

Thursday Sept. 18, informational open house at the USFS LTBMU Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, 6pm to 8pm – PLEASE SHOW UP TO THIS!

Wednesday Sept. 24: TRPA Governing Board (begins at 9:30am)

Oct. 27: All public comments due.

The draft EIR/EIS is complete and out for review right now. More information about the Heavenly Epic Discovery Project and a copy of the Draft EIR/EIS can be found here.

We need you to send in comments supporting the document before October 27. Key talking points in your letter can include:

  • It will create a significant number of additional year-round jobs.
  • Proposed in an existing developed recreational site that is in the core of the existing mountain.
  • The USFS should include mountain bike events in the NEPA process for approval.
  • Additional connector trails will improve the recreation experience and provide better connections.
  • More people will access the National Forest through the gondola, hiking and biking, connecting the highest bedbase in Tahoe to the mountains better.
  • High quality recreational experiences in the Forest breeds additional stewardship for the outdoors.
  • The design includes a number of resource protection measures that will reduced or avoid negative environmental effects.
  • Heavenly has a proven track record of providing high quality recreation and environmental protection.
Heavenly Bike Trail Mapping

Heavenly Bike Trail Mapping

Second project is the Bijou Bike Park. Recently the City of South Lake Tahoe allocated 100,000 in funding toward the bike park, however we still need public support for the project to keep it as a top priority.

Please take a minute to fill out this 4 question survey to support the Bijou Bike Park.

There is also a public meeting at the Rec Center to review the Parks and Rec Master Plan. More info here.

 

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: SFFO_EA@blm.gov  (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.

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