2013 Trail Building Season Year End Review

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Evening Trail Crew at Jane’s Rock – September 2013

Photo by Jenny Haas
Ray Rickard at the Carson River Trail workday. photo by Jenny Haas
April – 1200ft
We started the season off in April working a couple of days on the Carson River trail located at the Morgan Mill boat ramp. Muscle Powered volunteers built 1200ft of trail along the Carson River connecting the boat ramp to the Deer Run Rd bridge.

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Muscle Powered Senior Crew Leader Oliver Lieder at OliMax Rock

May – 675ft
The Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon trail season started May 1st. May had us finishing up where we left off in 2012, completing the OliMax rock and building up to Tomanda’s Beer Rock. It was also good to see Jeremy Vlcan from CVTA take time from his busy schedule to help us on one of our first evening work nights of the season.

We also had a big win in May. Muscle Powered was awarded top honors in the RTP grant 2013/14 cycle. We requested $10,000 for the purchase of tools, but were given an additional $2500 for more tools. $12,500! Sweet! Thank you Jenny!!!

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RTP committee member Peter Axelson railing turn 4 during our RTP committee field trip

June – 1400ft
National Trails Day kicked off June with 28 people showing up to build trail. We saw a lot of familiar faces, as well as new ones, this day but it was especially “cool” to have Parks & Rec director Roger Moellendorf and Open Space manager Juan Guzman out on the mountain getting their hands dirty with us. We built 500ft of trail on NTD!. Our biggest trail day to date!

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National Trails Day

June was a busy month for us as we had Redrock Dental, TAMBA and Troop 16 join us for a few hours of quality work. We also hit the 1 mile mark at the end of June.

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Redrock Dental-June 28th

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TAMBA-June 14th

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Troop 16 – June 23rd

July – 175ft
In July we made it to 4th of July Rock. Named after the day we started construction around the rock. Oli and Ward set the keystone, and 5 weeks later it was completed. It could be the longest time we’ve spent in one location. (Turns 1 and 2, and the wall connecting them, and the Big Ravine, both took 4 weeks to build).

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Oliver Lieder starting construction at 4th of July Rock.

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Rex at 4th of July Rock

August – 800ft
Once past 4ofJR things moved a little quicker, and a gentle slope helped. Then there was the Rim Fire. Bringing smoke into the area which created unhealthy work conditions. Volunteer turnout lowered to 1-3 individuals for about 3 weeks.

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The City is barely visible through the smoke.

September – 1100ft
By September crews reached the Carson City viewpoint. The view point is located between Ash Canyon and Taylor Spring and gives trail users their first full view of the city.

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CC Viewpoint

To fulfill our grant match requirement from the RTP awarded to Muscle Powered in May, crews worked on a few of the turns built by the NCC crew in August. The turns were well constructed, we just needed to tweak them a bit. We added another rock layer to the lower leg of the turn and increased the radius of the upper leg, making the turns resemble our turns in Ash Cyn.

By mid September the smoke had cleared and volunteer turnout increased greatly. At the end of the month we made it to the saddle between Ash Cyn and Taylor Spring, and the start of an old roadbed.

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Nate Harrison, Conner McCrae, Robert Rigsby, Tobin and Brian McCrae.

October – 1900ft
October was all gravy. I thought we would make it to the saddle by the end of the season but because of all of our great volunteers we were a month ahead of projections. Utilizing the old roadbed as part of the trail alignment really helped things move fast and the Tahoe Mountain Milers helped make that happen. TMM helped throughout the season but really pulled through in October. Thanks TMM! The Bike Smith day was a huge success! We had 25 people turnout to help build 450ft of trail on a steep cross slope. It was great to work with the guys from the shop. We’ve been talking about organizing a workday for a while but weren’t able to make it happen ’til the end of the season. I’m looking forward to more TMM and TBS workdays in the future. Our last big day of construction was a TAMBA/MP build day. We had 17 volunteers help build one rock wall, finish 300ft of trail, and start construction of the lower leg of the next turn. It was great to have TAMBA’s Kevin Joell on the last day guiding us through our first switchberm.

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TAMBA’s Kevin Joell placing rocks on the lower leg of the switchberm.

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Shannon and Chloe Hataway on the old roadbed.

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Bike Smith Day

Retired Crew – 600ft
In June our retired crew, led by Ward knous, continued construction (started last year by Troop 16) on the private property section off Waterfall Rd. They would build once or twice a week through the rest of the season finishing approximately 600ft of trail. There is about 1200ft left to complete to connect the two NCC sections. Nice work guys!

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Retired Crew – Alan, Kevin and Ward scouting for future connections.

2013 Trail Stats:
123 work days
2,758 Hours
7,000ft of trail

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Top Dog Robert Rigsby modeling the safety glasses donated by Eagle Vision.

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Robert Rigsby
51 Trail Days
182 Hours
Thanks Bob!

Great Basin Institute – 8800ft
Nevada Conservation Corps crews started construction on May 27th and for the next few months would build 1.7 miles of trail through some of the most difficult terrain of the trail alignment, ending their tour on Aug 17th. With summer temps rarely dipping below 90, and due to the devastating effects of the Waterfall Fire, shade was hard to find. The trail NCC crews built through this area is some of the most scenic, and technical, of the entire alignment. NCC crew leaders (Kevin and the two Nathans) did outstanding work constructing what is sure to be the most challenging section of the trail.

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NCC crew working at 6400′.

Visitors
During construction we get a lot of visitors hiking or riding up to check on the progress of the trail. Some want to get involved, and do, while others simply appreciate what we’re doing. Then there are others who really want to help build but are unable to because of their occupations. One such couple is Dr Khankhanian (Eagle Vision) and her husband Jack. They offered to buy the crew lunch and asked if we needed anything else. When I mentioned that the crew could use gloves and safety glasses she said I should drop by her office on Monday to pick up the donation. The glasses have come in very handy on numerous occasions and we still haven’t worn out all the gloves she provided us. When Amy picked up the donation Dr. K walked to Subway and purchased the crew a $50 gift card. Thank you Dr.K!!!!!!

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Oli,Gary,Ray,Ward,Scott, Billie and Rex at Jane’s Rock.

Next Season
With two bridges to install and 12,500ft of trail to construct we’ll have a very busy build season in 2014. Lumos and Associates have designed both bridges and we’re in discussion now with the City and USFS on how we’re going get it done. We hope to have the Ash Creek bridge installed in the spring, and the North Kings Cyn bridge installed sometime in the summer or fall.

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Placing the first rocks on the turn above Taylor Spring.

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After

What’s on the Horizon -Future Trails
Before winter hits the area we’re scouting out connecting the Ash to Kings Cyn
Trail to Hobart Reservoir, Ash Cyn to Hobart Rd, Kings Cyn to Clearcreek, and the Ash to Kings Cyn Trail to the Longview Trail.

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Future Alignment? We hope so!

Eagle Valley Trail Project
Our vision is a trail network that provides passive recreational and healthy opportunities and connects the Carson City community with the surrounding USFS, BLM or State Parks public lands.

Our mission is to work with the community and the land management agencies to implement a public inventory, review and analysis process for the current trail system, and to work with the community and the appropriate land management agencies to implement agency approved plans to improve the trail system within the study area. As you can imagine, this is a huge multi-year project.

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Group photo of Muscle Powered President Donna Inversin’s hike on the Longview Trail.

If you have an interest in any of these projects and would like to get involved please contact me at: jeffpotter@musclepowered.org

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Lumos & Associate’s Chas Maquarie and MP crew leader Toby Welborn surveying the Ash Creek bridge site.

A big thanks to our great crew leaders:
Keith Conrad
Ward Knous
Oliver Lieder
Drew Robison
Toby Welborn
Eric Ziegler

Thank you! CC Parks & Rec, Great Basin Institute, Lumos & Associates , Redrock Dental, NV State Parks, Tahoe Mountain Milers, TAMBA, The Bike Smith, Troop 16, USFS, Washoe Zephyr Consulting

Thank you Capitol Automotive for keeping the trail car running for another season.

Thank you Eagle vision for your generous donation!

And a special thank you to Trail Goddess Jenny Scanland. I don’t know what the trail community would do without you!

Thanks for a great year everyone!

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