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.
Owner of Tahoe Mountain Guides (TMG), Ken Long and several volunteers dutifully listen to instructions for the day.
Kevin Starr shows us the proper way to carry and use the tools.
When volunteering under the umbrella of the National Forest, hard hats are a mandatory element of the uniform.
Ken lets us know burritos will be served trailside for those who work hard.
Checklists, diagrams, and standard operating procedures manuals were also provided for those who learn best through reading.
The proper way to dig a drainage ‘spoon’, demonstrated by Kevin Starr.
Kevin was kind enough to preflag all the problem areas to be worked.
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.
Work it. Just like this.
Breaking into strategic teams based on tool type, we learn about the other people in our little Truckee/Tahoe community.
Watching Kevin’s demonstration.
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 best, Zach Fenn keeping it light and fun, as always, in the woods.
What a beautiful Sawtooth Trail!
Taking a break in the best place in the world, the woods!
Displays of teamwork was going on all over the place.
A true Truckee Trails volunteer. Thank you for organizing such a great event.
The Sawtooth Trail has many great views to the west and of Castle Peak (clearly not pictured here).
Getting rid of those tree snags.
Another TMG guide, Alex Aparicio is seen here giving back to the trail which serves him oh so well over the summer.
Clearing the brush from the drainage spoon.
The McLeod, pronounced mc-cloud, is a popular tool amongst mountain bike trail builders.
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!
What, it’s already July!? We’ve been so busy with mountain bike tours we have not had a moment to to say “hello” to all our mtb fans. So, where to begin: TMG is off to an amazing start with many new options for our riding enthusiasts. As you may, or may not know, Tahoe Mountain Guides offers mountain bike tours for introductory mtb riders, advanced, and those mtb’ers who can tackle the most technical single track Lake Tahoe and Truckee can throw at you.
What’s new for 2014: Due to popular demand, Tahoe Mountain Guides now offers tours on the infamous Lake Tahoe Flume Trail. With breathtaking views of Big Blue, our expert guides will keep you on the trail as you gaze in amazement and awe. The Lake Tahoe Flume Trail is not for the beginner mountain biker. Visit Tahoe Mountain Guides to book this tour.
Need a three-day get-a-way? Join Tahoe Mountain Guides on a 3 Day Mountain Bike Tour – Enjoy 3 days of mtb’ing in the Truckee Tahoe area, and come back to a relaxing retreat at the Donner Lake Inn Bed & Breakfast nestled on Donner Lake. Tahoe Mountain Guides will take care of all the details, from transportation, to food and every thing in between. For more information or to book your 3 day mountain bike tour, click here.
Not new but bigger and better, TMG Shuttles are running 3 times a day. Jump on our mtb shuttle at: 10:00 am, 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm. Tahoe Mountain Guides shuttle will take you to our Tahoe Truckee Super D. The ride begins at Watson Lake and will bring you back to our shop in Downtown Truckee. Shuttle cost $20 per person for the first ride, and $10 for a second shuttle on the same day. Book a mtb Shuttle today!
Tahoe Mountain Guides looks forward to showing you the trails in our backyard and hope for an amazing mountain bike summer season for all. Now, back to the trail!
Sawtooth Trail, located in Truckee, CA., is Tahoe Mountain Guides go to trail for bike tours. So, when it was discussed what trail we should maintain and adopt, it wasn’t even a question where we should go. Sawtooth! With numerous trails yielding extensive singletrack options for the beginner to advanced mountain biker, our trail work would begin along with thirty volunteers from the Tahoe/Truckee community.
Any trail cleanup day wouldn’t be complete with the first heatwave of the season. A high of 87°, all volunteers wearing long pants, long sleeved shirts, work boots and a hardhat, the shaded portions of Sawtooth shrouded in Jeffrey Pine, White Fir and Sugar Pine were a reprieve from the sun. Despite the heat, spirits were high, jokes were being told and volunteers didn’t let a little heatwave detour them from helping maintaining the trail. The fact is, we all ride Sawtooth and wanted to put our mark on improving Sawtooth.
Tahoe Mountain Guides would like to thank all the volunteers for helping buff out our beloved Sawtooth Trail. A huge thanks also goes out the Cycle Paths, Truckee Trails Foundation, USFS, Diego’s – Beyond Bueno! and Sierra Nevada. After a day of trail work there’s nothing like a burrito and a cold one with a group of new friends.
TMG Guide, Bob
The morning of June 3rd there was a certain electricity in the air unraveling in Truckee, CA. Mountain bikes lubed with Gnar, tires pressure checked, and coffee sipped. The anticipation of and early morning shuttle ride via Tahoe Mountain Guides to the Tahoe Truckee Super D along with our friends Arielle and Abbey from Santa Cruz Bicycles.
Santa Cruz bikes was on their way to Truckee from Downieville, CA. If you have never heard of Downieville, look it up…it’s a mountain bikers mecca. But that’s not to say Truckee isn’t in the same category. Santa Cruz was going to host a mountain bike demo in Truckee, but first…let’s ride!
All we had time for was a quick loop on the Tahoe Truckee Super D, but faces were all smiles. The trail was riding the best it possibly could and the view of Lake Tahoe in its early morning haze was magical. But, with half an hour to spare, it was now time to deploy to the Sawtooth Ridge trail head, set-up tents, get the Santa Cruz mountain bikes ready and hope for a decent turn-out of mountain bikers.
The crowd was a perfect size and bikes would roll out as soon as a bike was returned. Arielle and Abbey fit bikes to the demo seekers as TMG signed-in guests, bike of choice they wanted to demo and talked bikes. The fleet of Santa Cruz bikes included: Blur TRC, Tallboy LT long travel 29er, Superlight 29er, Carbon Nomad, Carbon Blur LT & XC and Juliana women’s specific trail bike.
Each rider returning via the Happy Face trial was doing just that, smiling. Exclaiming “I love this bike”, riders were then sent to Cycle Paths Bike Shop to order a new Santa Cruz bike. The event was a huge success with many thanks going to Arielle and Abbey of Santa Cruz; Cycle Paths Bike Shop and all who came out to demo a new Santa Cruz bike.
The TMG Crew
Did I say WOW after Day 1?? Well, I’m saying WOW again, after Day 2. It was an amazing, exciting, fun and Humbling day out there (70 and sunny once again, by the way).
After starting my day with a killer “locals” breakfast burrito (at the Love Muffin Cafe no less) with a nice couple from Denver. Yes Kenny, he will be coming to ride with us at some point it was off to explore. I began my day on the Amasa Back Trail and damn was that a fun uphill. Not ashamed to say I did not clear all of those ups on my way. Took the Pothole Arch spur for some incredible Colorado River views, then it was decision time. Do I descend the same way I rode up (which I knew would be fun and technical in spots) or take the “DUDE” route, combining the Rockstacker and Jackson’s sections. Well, my desire and confidence got the better of me, so I chose the “route less traveled” Dude option.
Damn was that a humbling experience. I can see my riding ability, confidence and cajones have a long way to improve…What a humbling descent!! I was off my bike and walking over and down way more sections than I anticipated or wanted (and yes what I read did warn that this was difficult and dangerous). I must say that it gave me a new appreciation for the riders that “can” ride stuff like that. I did make it without any incident, as my level headed perspective (and riding alone) kept me from attempting anything foolish. By the way, I did not see another soul or rider on the route I descended…go figure! What a ride!! Next time I will descend on Amasa Back and giggle all the way down.
Grabbed a short break and lunch at my truck at the trail-head then decided to head north to the Bartlett Wash/Jedi 3D Trails/Playground. That was the perfect 2nd ride compliment to my 1st ride of the day (Kudos to Chris Moore for suggesting Bartlett). I spent a couple of hours out in those 2 areas riding and playing freeform on sandstone/slickrock and again, had the place to myself, not seeing a single other rider out on that mesa-like rock playground. Way Fun. Big ole cajun burger and large margarita at the Moab Brewery and the day was done.
One thing that I am learning/getting more clear on, during my sojourn experience, is to not be in a hurry to get done, with anything. Becoming more appreciative of “the moment I am in” and my patience level and self appreciation are growing.
I have decided to stay in Moab, rather than go to Fruita or Gooseberry as there is way too much to ride, explore and see here. Save those for another time. Plus, I wouldn’t want to leave the ant infestation in my bathroom to another guest. Just starting to make friends with them.
Today’s plan: Hit Poison Spider Mesa this morning (after another local’s breakfast burrito) and then The Magnificent 7 this afternoon. Yes, my legs and body are a little tired and beat up, but so what! I forgot to mention that near the top of Amasa Back a gust of wind actually blew me over. No soft landings anywhere out here…OUCH! and now have the scrapes and bruises to prove it.
Saving Porcupine Rim for tomorrow as what I am hearing every day it gets drier and there is a chance that LPS may open up too. Fingers Crossed…