Truckee Trails Day Saturday |

Truckee Trails Day Saturday

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunNat Lopes of IMBA surveys the Strockrest Spring trail with his wife Rachael on Thursday. They are preparing for Saturday's Truckee Trails Day.

Give back to the community and get a great trail network in return, by helping out this weekend at Truckee Trails Day.

The Truckee Trails Foundation is holding its third annual Truckee Trails Day event Saturday, starting at 8:30 a.m. and finishing with a barbecue at 1 p.m. Registration will be at the Martis Creek Lake Campground for those working on the Stockrest Springs Trail and in Martis Valley, and at the Glenshire General Store for those working on the Glenshire Lake Trail.

This year will run like last year’s event, trying to create local interest in trails in and around the Truckee area, said Leigh Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Truckee Trails Foundation.

“In our first year we had about 95 people, last year there were about 40, and this year we have gotten interest from about 80,” Fitzpatrick said, “That’s what we want, about 80 to 100 people.”

This year’s three projects will tackle a variety of trail-building techniques.

“On the Martis Valley project people will be working on building boardwalk to protect the meadow in the valley. The Stockrest Springs Trail will be classic singletrack building, and the Glenshire Lake trail will be a wider trail with gravel,” Fitzpatrick said.

The Truckee Trails Foundation has very specific goals for this year’s trail day.

“Our goal is about three-quarters of a mile on the Stockrest Springs Trail, completing the entire Glenshire Lake Trail except boardwalk, and getting as much as we can done in Martis,” Fitzpatrick said.

“We get a wide variety, the common characteristic is big-hearted community-interested people, some are not even really trail oriented,” Fitzpatrick said. “You’ll have a great time and you’ll build karma. It’s a real feel-good event.”

The Truckee Trails Foundation is working with the Army Corps of Engineers in Martis Valley and the International Mountain Bike Association for this year’s trail maintenance event. The IMBA will be hosting a class on trail building today from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Truckee Sanitary District conference room.

Nat Lopes, from IMBA, said the class will be “IMBA trail building 101.”

“The class is on mountain bike tourism, sustainable trail building ” both environmental sustainability and trail quality sustainability,” Lopes said.

He said anyone interested in trail building should attend, but the class would focus on Saturday’s trail work.

It will be the first time Lopes and his wife, Rachael, will be involved in Truckee Trails Day, but they have traveled more than 46 states and nine Canadian provinces working on trails over the last three years.

For more information on the trail building class and to volunteer for Truckee Tails Day, call 587-5214.

Truckee Trails Day

– Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– Meet at the Martis Creek Campground or Glenshire General Store

– 587-5214

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