We have partnered with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to install three bridges in the Galena Area on the Thomas and Whites Creek Trails. This partnership using our mountain biker volunteers to perform the installation allowed them to stretch the limited one-time bridge monies they had allocated. They were able to purchase three pre-engineered bridge kits instead of installing just one bridge. Trail users have been requesting these bridges for many years and in some cases taking it upon themselves to install substandard crossings that people have been hurt on and affect the creek flow. Installation will start with the first and smallest Thomas Creek Bridge located about 1/3 mile above Timberline Drive. This will occur in late June. The Whites Creek bridge installation on the trail up to Dry Pond will begin July 22. The third and largest bridge will go in on the upper Thomas Creek Trail about one mile above the Dry Pond connector sometime in August or September. See the story on page 10 of the Summer issue of the Galena Times and the recent story on KOLO News.
Volunteers are needed to make this happen, digging the footings, building the rock abutments, assembling the bridges and connecting the trail. Most trail days will be mid-week to avoid higher trail traffic.
Whites Creek Bridge
This bridge is located just off the Whites Creek Trail on the Dry Pond Connector. We have done eight trail days so far on the project, with much of that time spent moving nearly 8 tons of materials over a mile up to the bridge site. Installation is nearly complete with just a little work left on the bridge and building the ramps and trail connections. Last trail day will be Sunday, August 3. Come out and make it a big one. For the Whites Creek Bridge, we are one mile in behind a locked gate. We’ll meet at the Whites Creek Trailhead at 9am, if you can only come for part of the day, you can ride or hike up to the site. Please wear long sleeves, long pants, sturdy shoes and bring water and a lunch. If you RSVP for Sunday, College Cyclery will be providing a lasagna lunch for volunteers. RSVP via our Facebook event or by email to trails (at) mountainbiketahoe (dot) org.
If you can’t volunteer but would like to donate towards construction costs incurred by TAMBA, you can donate to our trail building fund. This was not just a significant savings to taxpayers, but literally the other two bridges would not have happened if we hadn’t stepped forward with our time and expertise.