TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Often referred to as the “backyard trail,” Truckee’s Sawtooth loop is one of the most popular recreational trails in the region. On any given day it is traveled by local mountain bikers trying to get in a quick ride on their lunch break, hikers observing wildflowers, and visitors exploring the trail for the first time. On Saturday, June 8, members of the Truckee-Tahoe community are invited to participate in the inaugural Sawtooth Trail Cleanup Day. This grass-roots event is brought to you through a joint venture between Tahoe Mountain Guides, CyclePaths and the Truckee Trails Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service.
“The Sawtooth trail is in our backyard, we all use it and should all take part in maintaining it,” said Ken Long of Tahoe Mountain Guides. “Tahoe Mountain Guides has stepped up as the steward of the trail and is adopting Sawtooth. We hope to see lots of locals working with us on June 8 to buff out the trail for everyone to enjoy,” he added.
Kevin Starr, trail crew leader for the Truckee Trails Foundation, agrees. “The Trails Foundation is excited to do much needed maintenance on a great trail that is so popular with both locals and visitors. We are thrilled that Tahoe Mountain Guides and CyclePaths are helping us make this happen.”
Volunteers must pre-register to participate by completing an online volunteer form available from Truckeetrails.org. Participation will be capped at 50 volunteers. All forms should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on June 7.
Volunteers are asked to arrive at the trailhead at 8:30 a.m. with a bag lunch and wearing long pants, long sleeves, and closed toe shoes. The day will be spent working as a team to perform basic trail maintenance and will conclude with a family friendly celebration at the trail head. The Truckee Trails Foundation has teamed up with Diego’s Beyond Bueno and Sierra Nevada Brewing company to sponsor this “thank you” party for the volunteers and their families. Tahoe Mountain Guides, Cycle Paths and the Truckee Trails Foundation hope the community joins them in caring for Truckee’s Sawtooth trail. Donations to this effort can be made by visiting Truckeetrails.org.
Tahoe Mountain Guides is a concierge mountain bike guiding service that offers tours and shuttles to riders of all ability levels throughout the Truckee-Tahoe region. More information on Tahoe Mountain Guides can be found at tahoemountainguides.com.
More information on Cycle Paths full service bike shop can be found at cyclepaths.net.
Truckee Trails Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that Truckee’s trail systems are safe, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. More information can be found at truckeetrails.org.