Volunteer Trail Work Day, August 20

The second Tahoe Donner Volunteer Trail Work Day of the season will take place on Saturday, August 20th.

Once again, we’ll be working on the East Perimeter Trail between Hansel and Pathway, completing a large, new trail construction project to reroute two overly steep sections of the existing trail.

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, August 20
    • 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.
    • RSVP: Requested, but not absolutely required. RSVPs help us gauge how many tools to have on hand, but if you decide to participate at the last minute, please know that you’re welcome to join in. We always try to have extra tools on hand. To RSVP please email tdtrails@gmail.com.
    • Parking: Tahoe Donner has requested that participants park along Hansel and Landeau.
    • For important information about what to expect, wear, and bring, please see the Trail Work FAQ.

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’re a novice trail work volunteer, members of Tahoe Donner’s Trails Department will be on hand to guide you.
  • If you love to move big rocks, we’ll likely find some of those while clearing a path for the new trail. (If the opportunity arises, we might even do a bit of stone work.)
  • If you just want to spend a pleasant few hours in a beautiful spot under some shady pines raking forest duff from the new trail bed, this project will have plenty of that as well.
  • If you’re looking for a kid-friendly event, we will do our best to set up our youngest volunteers with a special project all their own.

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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Weed Walk with The Weed Warriors, Saturday, August 6

For the fourth 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, and in walking distance of the Clubhouse. We’ll drive to each location, and carpools can be arranged.

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

Here are all the details:

Tahoe Donner Weed Walk with The Weed Warriors
Date: Saturday, August 6
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 August 4. 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.

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