The first day of our trail work season kicked off on a beautiful Thursday morning in April. Thirteen hard-working runners gathered at the Glacier Way trail head in Tahoe Donner to do trail work on the Donner Lake Rim Trail. We were led by Kevin from the Truckee Donner Land Trust. Once everyone had tools and hard hats, we set off down the trail into the chilly, sun-shiny day.
With McClouds, rakes, shovels, and loppers in hand, we arrived at the Donner Lake Rim Trail and what had to be one of the most beautiful settings imaginable for trail work.
The work was maintenance, rather than trail building. We focused on creating appropriate water drainage, removing some rocks, and cutting back the overgrowth. The group was enthusiastic, full of smiles, laughs, and shared homemade cookies. (Thanks, Jill!) Trail work days definitely double as social events.
Due to the fact that we’d had some pretty serious lightning storms the previous two days and there was the potential for the same that day, we made the decision to end a bit on the early side. We headed back to the trail head as the clouds rolled in, and Betsy supplied us with beer for some tailgating. Nothing like a beer after a hard days work! (Although, admittedly, the labor wasn’t too rough this time around. That didn’t stop me from enjoying my beer.)
Our next trail work day will be May 31st. We would love to have you join us to get dirty! We’ll be meeting at 9:00 at the top of Old 40, next to the Sugar Bowl Academy. Check back on our calendar or our Facebook page for additional details soon.