Tahoe Donner Trails Volunteer Day, September 12

The second Tahoe Donner Volunteer Trails Day of the season will take place on Saturday, September 12th. We have an exciting project planned on the Hillside Trail, which runs between marker 60 and the campground.

No experience is necessary, all ages are welcome, and experts from the Trails Department will be on hand to teach and supervise.

Tahoe Donner Trails Day

    • Date: Saturday, September 12
    • Time: 9:00 to Noon
    • Location: We will assemble at trail marker 60 near the tip of Hillside Drive (map).

The Hillside Trail is not well known, which is a shame because it’s one of the most diverse and interesting trails within the association. It starts off among the pines and stones of an old quarry, and it ends up in a lush, aspen and spring filled riparian zone beside Alder Creek.

Unfortunately, the trail that runs through this unique and beautiful area is in poor shape and requires a variety of repairs. We won’t have time to do everything on the 12th, but we’ll take care of a few immediate needs.

Some folks tell us that they’d love to help with trail work, but they don’t want to spend all morning using big, heavy tools to move big, heavy rocks. Others say they really love trail work because they get to use big, heavy tools to move big, heavy rocks. The project we have planned for the 12th should well satisfy both tastes.

On the light and easy end of the spectrum, we’ll be raking small, loose rocks and sticks from the trail to create a more stable tread surface. For those looking for a challenge, we can also undertake more strenuous repairs on badly eroded, unstable sections of trail.

Everyone is advised to wear sturdy shoes and gloves, drink plenty of water, and wear sun protection. For answers to frequently asked questions, please see the trail work FAQ, and for more information please email the Trails Club at tdtrails@gmail.com.

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Weed Walk with The Weed Warriors, Saturday, August 1

For the third year in  a row, Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails will partner with the Truckee River Watershed Council’s Weed Warriors to conduct an educational weed walk here in Tahoe Donner.

This year we’ll visit infestations near the Alder Creek Adventure Center, alongside Northwoods Boulevard, and in walking distance of the Clubhouse. We’ll drive to each infestation, and carpools can be arranged.

The walk will conclude with a lunch provided by the Weed Warriors.

Here are all the details:

Tahoe Donner Weed Walk with The Weed Warriors
Date: Saturday, August 1
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm (Lunch will follow.)
Meeting Place: Alder Creek Adventure Center (on the rear patio), 15275 Alder Creek Road

RSVP required by July 28. To RSVP email tdtrails@gmail.com.

Nota Bene: Participants must be 10 years or older and able to walk short distances over rough, dirt terrain.

Tahoe Donner is an unfortunate host to some of the region’s most noxious invasive weeds, including musk thistle, bull thistle, spotted knapweed, and perennial pepperweed. There is no better way to learn about these invasive weeds than to join us on a weed walk.

If you’ve been on one of our walks before please know that you’re encouraged to attend this year’s walk as well. When learning to identify invasive weeds, repetition is a virtue. Plus, we always try to add new weeds and new sites to our itinerary, and this year’s walk is no exception.

Invasive weed spotting is a rewarding activity for all ages, and a great way to protect the integrity of our local natural environment. You can be a weed spotter every day in your neighborhood and on the trails. What’s more, because it’s almost like a natural scavenger hunt, it’s also quite fun. If you catch the weed spotting bug, you might even find it a little addictive.

So please join us on our weed walk, and try your hand at invasive weed spotting!

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