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.