Tahoe Donner Trails Day Volunteer Kick-off, June 22

The first Tahoe Donner Trails Day of the season will take place at the Equestrian Center on Saturday, June 22. The day will begin at 9:00 am and conclude with lunch at noon.

This year we are pleased to offer two volunteer opportunities.

First, the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club will lead an invasive weed patrol for bull thistle. This natural scavenger hunt will be a fun and rewarding activity for all ages, and especially for families with children. It will also be a great service to the natural environment here at Tahoe Donner.

The weed patrol will begin around the Equestrian Center, where you will learn how to distinguish bull thistle from the area’s native thistles, and how to remove and dispose of bull thistle to prevent its spread. After that families and groups will take charge of specific trail sections and head out to search for bull thistle. All you need is a pair of gloves (thistles are quite prickly), a garden trowel or any small shovel, and the patience to stroll slowly down the trails while keeping a careful eye on the plants around you.

Second, Tahoe Donner’s Trails department will lead volunteer efforts to work on a nearby trail. Before the work begins they will guide volunteers through the site, pointing out and describing the specific repairs that need to be done. After that volunteers will break up into teams, each led by a member of the Trails department, to complete the necessary work. Trail work can be physically demanding, but it is also extremely satisfying.

Everyone is advised to wear sturdy shoes, have plenty of water, and wear sun protection.

Participants will be provided with a boxed lunch (vegetarian available) and a free Tahoe Donner Trails t-shirt.

We’d like to make this Trails Day a great day for everyone involved. Knowing roughly how many people plan to attend and participate in the various activities will help us in our preparations. An RSVP is not required, but it is greatly appreciated.

To RSVP, please fill out the survey at this link: http://eepurl.com/zzZTn

For more information please email the Trails Club at tdtrails@gmail.com.

June 1st McGlashan Springs Discovery Hike

Join the Trails department and the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails Club for a hiking tour of the McGlashan Springs and Bucknam Tract properties. This tour of some of the most beautiful and historical areas in Tahoe Donner will begin at 10:00 a.m on June 1st at the Bermgarten cul-de-sac just off Skislope Way. A map is available here.

The main hike will follow the jogging-stroller friendly dirt road. There will be frequent stops to look at the area’s hidden and lesser known gems, and to discuss the plans for developing trails in those areas, including the Donner Lake Rim Trail.

At the end of the dirt road, the hike will split into two groups. All those wishing to remain on the main road will head back to Bermgarten with staff, and all those wishing to go further will continue on an extended tour with the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails club. The extended tour will include some off-trail hiking, but most of it will be on rough bootleg trails.

The first portion of the extended hike will cross over onto the Bucknam Tract on a course that approximates one possible route for the Donner Lake Rim Trail. From there the hike will continue to a spectacular Donner Lake overlook via another bootleg trail across Forest Service land. Finally the hike will conclude by going off-trail again to see the McGlashan Springs themselves.

Approximate distance for the main hike is 1.5 miles, while the extended hike is about 3.5 miles. Dogs on leash are welcome on both hikes, but you are advised not to bring your dog to the area around the springs because of the hazardous barbed wire there. (We do hope to organize a volunteer effort to remove that barbed wire later this summer.)

For more information please contact the Friends of Tahoe Donner Trails at tdtrails@gmail.com.

Volunteer Event, Saturday, August 25

On Saturday, August 25, TDTrails.org will join the Tahoe Donner Forestry Department for a volunteer event to continue rerouting the trail between markers 27 and 28.

This is the same section of trail we worked on last month. It runs along the side of the old S&R property that Tahoe Donner recently purchased as a new home for the Forestry Department.

The view of Donner Lake from the downslope side of that property is spectacular. And this is also a good opportunity to take a look at the future Forestry facility.

When: 9:00 am, Saturday, August 25. The day should end by 3:30. (But you are, of course, free leave at any time.)

Where: We will meet at the current Forestry facility (14514 Northwoods Blvd.) before heading to the trail site off Teton Way.

What to Bring:

  • Water (plenty of it!)
  • Lunch and snacks (unless you plan to go home for lunch)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses (to be used as safety shades also)
  • Work gloves
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Long pants, and sturdy shoes (no sandals)

We will provide tools, but in the past we have sometimes had so many people show up that we have exhausted Forestry’s somewhat limited supply of equipment. So if you do have any hand tools that you would like to bring, doing so could prove very helpful.

The most useful tool you could bring is a round nose shovel. Picks, mattocks, digging bars and rock bars are also quite handy. So are pruning saws and lopping shears. And, of course, forestry and firefighting tools like McCleods and Pulaskis are especially useful.

If you do bring any tools, please label them beforehand.