By Tim Hauserman 

North Lake Tahoe has an elaborate and inspiring network of hiking and mountain biking trails. And that network has been expanding, especially with new trails that are designed specifically for mountain biking. And guess what, those new trails do not appear by magic. They are built, mostly by volunteer labor, by the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) and other organizations like the Tahoe Rim Trail Association.  You can join in the effort by contributing your labor at a volunteer trail day sponsored by TAMBA. It’s very rewarding to actually create the trail that you soon will be able to ride. And as John Clausen from TAMBA says, “We cannot make this fun stuff happen without you.” 

TAMBA has two trail days coming this weekend on the north shore of Tahoe: 

Saturday, Aug. 24th, Tahoe City, Stumpy Super G

Sunday, Aug. 25th, Westshore, Stanford Rock

Bring long pants, long sleeve shirt, helmet (bike helmet okay), full finger gloves, glasses, and sturdy shoes. Pack along water & snacks, and any other needs for your particulars. So if you are riding in, bring a backpack with whatever you need. 

Here’s the scoop about the trail work directly from TAMBA: 

STUMPY SUPER G 

Saturday, Aug. 24th

We have 2 off-line booters and a couple other fun factor features to construct on segment 1, as well as cutting in the tread on the beginning of segment 2. Come out for a couple of hours, or come out for the day and enjoy lunch on TAMBA (RSVP by 10am Friday if you wish to be included on the lunch order – super eats from Dam Cafe, Syd’s Bagelery, Westshore  Market, The Station – A Truckee Eatery, Front Street Pizza, and New Moon Deli). RSVP to johnnyxride@gmail.com. or text 530-386-0944.

Meet in Tahoe City, at either: 

The TCPUD parking lot across from the Tahoe City Fire Dept, 221 Fairview Dr., 8:30am, to carpool up the 4wd dirt road. 

The Stumpy DH/Meadow trail if you prefer to MTB in, anytime between 9:00am and 2:00pm (we pack up at 4:00pm)

Those dates don’t work for you? How about these:

Sept. 5th, Thurs.

Sept. 14th, Sat.

Sept. 20th, Fri.

Sept. 26th, Thurs.

Oct. 11th, Fri.

Oct. 17th, Thurs.

The Stumpy Super G is near Stump Meadow or the top of Gold Trail for you nordic skiers. It will replace a very steep straight up and down trail with an awesome flowing switchbacky one. Here’s a map of where to go: 

STANFORD ROCK TRAIL

“BIG TRAIL DAY” Sunday Aug. 25th, 9am-1pm.

At this Stanford Big Trail Day, TAMBA will be providing lunch and beer afterward in Kilner Park

Work will be near the bottom of the trail and is part of a nearly top-to-bottom single track re-route of this heritage west shore route which has been located on a steep, dirt road. 

Meet – West shore, Stanford Rock Trail; lunch afterward in Kilner Park. Questions and/or RSVP-  sandor@tamba.org, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association on Facebook or txt to 415-686-1172

You could also get out with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association in September to fix a few challenging sections for riders up in Ward Canyon.  To volunteer on those dates, register with the TRTA at tahoerimtrail.org. 

Sept 5, Thurs.

Sept 7, Sat.

Sept 12, Thurs.

Sept 14, Sat.

If you have never worked on creating trail, give it a go. It’s hard work, but there is always a great spirit of camaraderie and most importantly satisfaction with creating something that folks will love.