Tahoe Mountain Guides (TMG) is the local permitted mountain bike tour guide and mtb shuttle company for beginner, advanced and expert mtb tours in the Truckee Lake Tahoe area. Our guides have years of biking and in-depth knowledge of hundreds of miles of trails not found on a map. TMG offers customized mountain bike tours: Single Day, 3 Day and 5 Day mtb tours throughout Truckee and Lake Tahoe in the majestic Tahoe National Forest. Tahoe Mountain Guides will ensure you have a breathtaking ride - from a mellow afternoon outing to trails that will test your skill. Join us for vistas of a lifetime along introductory rides or intense singletrack trails in the Sierra Nevada mountains and leave your Lake Tahoe and Truckee mountain bike adventure to Tahoe Mountain Guides.

Stay out of each other’s blood bubble, was one of the recommendations for the day provided by Truckee Trails leader, Kevin Starr.  Working on the Sawtooth Trail, a prominent mountain biking trail for Tahoe Mountain Guides (TMG), our group of over 20 volunteers dug drainage ditches and cleared menacing brush equipped with a solid quiver of hand tools, a complete demonstration from our leader, and much deserved burritos after a job well done.

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Owner of Tahoe Mountain Guides (TMG), Ken Long and several volunteers dutifully listen to instructions for the day.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Kevin Starr shows us the proper way to carry and use the tools.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 When volunteering under the umbrella of the National Forest, hard hats are a mandatory element of the uniform.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Ken lets us know burritos will be served trailside for those who work hard.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

Checklists, diagrams, and standard operating procedures manuals were also provided for those who learn best through reading.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 The proper way to dig a drainage ‘spoon’, demonstrated by Kevin Starr.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Kevin was kind enough to preflag all the problem areas to be worked.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Working with tools is serious business.  Seriously, one can loose an eye or a finger with those things.  Therefore, Kevin tells us to “stay out of each other’s blood bubble,” which basically meant to give one another at least 4 feet of space when working.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Work it.  Just like this.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Breaking into strategic teams based on tool type, we learn about the other people in our little Truckee/Tahoe community.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Watching Kevin’s demonstration.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

Koda, with his (I think it was a boy dog) Forest Service bandana, was a huge help by clearing sticks off the trail.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Tahoe Mountain Guides best, Zach Fenn keeping it light and fun, as always, in the woods.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 What a beautiful Sawtooth Trail!

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Taking a break in the best place in the world, the woods!

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Displays of teamwork was going on all over the place.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 A true Truckee Trails volunteer.  Thank you for organizing such a great event.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 The Sawtooth Trail has many great views to the west and of Castle Peak (clearly not pictured here).

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Getting rid of those tree snags.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Another TMG guide, Alex Aparicio is seen here giving back to the trail which serves him oh so well over the summer.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Clearing the brush from the drainage spoon.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

The McLeod, pronounced mc-cloud, is a popular tool amongst mountain bike trail builders.

 Tahoe Mountain Guides and Truckee Trails Volunteer Trail Day

 Raking away the duff and pulling out the debris from the drainage spoons, volunteers made easy work of their trail maintenance day.

A great big THANK YOU to Truckee Trails Foundation, Tahoe Mountain Guides, Cyclepaths, and the Tahoe Sports Hub for helping make our Sawtooth Trail that much more awesome!

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