Volunteer Trail Work Day, July 16

The first Tahoe Donner Volunteer Trail Work Day of the season will take place on Saturday, July 16th. We have an exciting project planned on the East Perimeter Trail between Hansel and Pathway.

This is a large, new trail construction project rerouting two overly steep sections of the existing trail. We expect to be at this site for all three volunteer dates this summer.

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

Tahoe Donner Volunteer Trail Work Day

    • Date: Saturday, July 16
    • Time: 9:00 to Noon
    • Location: We will assemble at trailhead marker 41 on Hansel, between Winter and Landeau (map) before walking out a short distance to the project site.
    • No RSVP is required, but they are appreciated (email tdtrails@gmail.com) because they help us gauge how many tools to have on hand.
    • Nota Bene: Tahoe Donner has requested that participants park along Hansel and Landeau.

Some folks tell us that they’d love to help, but they don’t want to spend all morning wielding 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. No matter your taste, the project we’ve selected will have something just right for you.

  • If you want to know more about trail design and the technical considerations of building on sloped terrain, you could learn a great deal during this project.
  • If you love to move big rocks, we should find plenty of those while clearing a path for the new trail.
  • If you simply want to spend a pleasant few hours in a beautiful spot under some shady pines, raking light forest duff from the new trail bed, this project will have plenty of that as well.
  • After we complete the reroute, we’ll also close and revegetate the old trail.

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

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Thistle Workshop and Weed Pull, July 9

Is that thistle a friendly native or a nasty invasive? Would you like to know the easy way to rid your yard of that awful bull thistle? Do you know how to report the musk thistle you saw while walking your dog?

If you’d like to learn all this and more, then grab your favorite weeding tool (and some thick gloves), and join the Trails Club on Saturday, July 9 for our annual thistle workshop and weed pull atop the ski hill.

At this event you’ll learn to identify two invasive thistle species (bull and musk ), and to distinguish them from our native Anderson’s thistle. Along the way we’ll cover an effective and easy technique to eradicate bull thistle from your yard.

Then we’ll turn our attention to the old musk thistle infestation growing around the top of the Eagle Rock lift. The Trails Club has made considerable progress controlling this infestation the last few years, but there’s still much work to be done.

As always, we’ll be pulling mature, second year plants (a prickly and sometimes difficult job), and hunting for immature, first year rosettes (easy to pull, but rather tricky to find).

Thistle Workshop & Invasive Weed Pull
Date: Saturday, July 9
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

Meeting Place: The gate to the Cell Tower on Skislope Way. (Google Map.) People often have trouble finding this spot. The gate’s GPS coordinates are 39.3468, -120.2637, or if you prefer an address 14668 Ski Slope Way will get you close.

What to wear: Sturdy shoes, sun hat, thick work gloves, sun protection

What to bring: Plenty of water and your favorite weeding tool. Small round point shovels, heavy-duty garden trowels, and hori-hori digging knives are especially recommended, but any weeding implement will work just fine. We will have extra tools on hand if needed.

RSVP: Though we will bring extra, to assure that we have enough pamphlets and handouts for everyone, an RSVP is requested. Please email the club at tdtrails@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Bull thistle is the most common invasive weed in Tahoe Donner, and musk thistle is one of the worst invasive weeds in the region. If you’d like to learn more about invasive weeds in general, and these thistles in particular, we hope you will join us for this workshop and weed pull.

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