Tamarancho Trail Work Tomorrow
Here is your chance to give back to the trails you love. Come help do maintenance on the Tamarancho Trails. Join the Forest Knolls Freewheelers and others joining forces to do much needed repairs and maintenance. There will even be a free lunch spread to feed your tired muscles at 1pm.
What: Trail Work at Tamarancho
Where: Tamarancho Ranger Station
When: 10:00am sharp
What Else: Ride or drive up Iron Springs road right into the center of camp and look for the crew. Bring water, gloves, and appropriate foot wear. We supply the tools. See you there!
There was a respectable turnout today for an unglamorous, but important task. A LOT of earth was moved to restore riparian habitat in a high traffic corridor. Tamarancho withstands a horde of riders each year. The topography & soil conditions have all the variety -and challenges- found in Marin. A lap of Tamarancho will offer the first time visitor a condensed sampling of all the terrain Marin has to offer –except for a white sand beach & surf. But unmaintained, this is not a sustainable interaction.
Today's attendees were basically a rogues gallery of those who made Tamarancho happen. Some serious engineering talent was mustered to achieve an elegant solution to a complex problem. The results will be sustainable, with an aesthetic impact that will be restored in a short time.
Many riders opted to stop & offer hard labour to enhance their riding experience. Effort noted! The main crew restored a damaged area, and improved drainage while reducing environmental impact. After many years of rubbing dirty elbows with these muddy misfits, I am still impressed with the effort and effectiveness that can be achieved in a Saturday session.
Some gripe that their idea of preferred trail surface has been altered in some areas. But winter rains and a stampede of riders can mangle a major section of trail in a single season. Maintaining narrow, hand built trails requires adherence to a few fundamentals of physics for sustainability. Neglect results in unridable sections that riders will avoid, producing multiple ruts and go-arounds were there once was pristine singletrack. Tamarancho remains a pretty sweet XC loop with a few moderate challenges, in a primitive setting with big fat views and some elder redwoods to wriggle through. Its a fine paradigm that draws international admirers. I fell pretty satisfied having participated over the years, and have a lot of respect for the FreeLaborers that crafted our little gem.
Dirt processing with honor . . .
Great work on Serpentine Trail everyone. It was really fun to see the original "A" team, back at Tamarancho. These are the folks that brought you the Tamarancho Trail system. Jim Jacobsen, Randy Libby of the Forest Knolls Freewheelers, and many others.
Again, thanks for all of your work!