Truckee Trails Day looking for volunteers Sunday |

Truckee Trails Day looking for volunteers Sunday

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunPark ranger Jamie Ramirez hammers in a rebar during a previous Truckee Trails Day in the Martis Valley.

It’s time again for volunteers to get out on the old dusty trail ” or a raised boardwalk.

The fifth annual Truckee Trails Day needs volunteers to tackle two trail-building projects: one on the Pacific Crest Trail near Castle Peak, and the other on the Tompkins Memorial Trail in the Martis Valley. Trail builders can meet at the Martis Creek Campground Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., and will be rewarded with a barbecue from the Truckee Trails Foundation that afternoon.

“Both of the trails we are working on are pretty exciting projects,” said John Svahn, executive director of the Truckee Trails Foundation. “One is a continuation of Truckee Trails Days and Truckee River Days past, and the other is on a switchback of the Pacific Crest Trail.”

Circling around the southern side of the Martis Valley, the Tompkins Memorial Trail needs raised boardwalk to keep users out of wet, marshy areas, said Beth Christman, program manager for the Truckee River Watershed Council.

Both the trails foundation and the watershed council, along with help from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Northstar Community Services District, will be wrapping up the last section of boardwalk on both Truckee Trails Day and Truckee River Day later this fall, Christman said.

“In the spring some sections get super wet and people skirting around the puddles are putting huge ruts in the meadow,” Christman said. “This will be a big project to have complete.”

About 3.5 miles north of Interstate 80 on the Pacific Crest Trail meanwhile, other volunteers will be working to make a switchback a little more stable and less prone to erosion, Svahn said.

“People can expect to get good and dusty rolling rocks and cutting into the hillside,” Svahn said. “It’s a really popular day hike area.”

Svahn said in past years Truckee Trails Day has had between 60 and 80 volunteers, and he said he’s hoping for roughly the same amount this year.

Those interested in working on Truckee Trails Day can go to the Martis Creek Campground at 8:30 on Sunday Morning, which is off Martis Dam Road from Highway 267.

Carpools will be arranged to both projects, and volunteers can pick which trail they want to work on, as long as both trails get enough workers, said John Svahn with the Truckee Trails Foundation.

Those who want to head straight for the Pacific Crest Trail can coordinate with Svahn by emailing him at

Trail working appropriate attire includes long pants, closed-toed shoes, work gloves, sunglasses and a hat, Svahn said.

Work will finish around noon, and a barbecue in the Martis Creek Campground will follow shortly after, he said.

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