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New trail bridges invite hikers to Galena
By Kevin Joell

As the spring runoff raises the levels of Thomas and Whites Creek this season, trail users hiking, running or riding on the Whites Creek or Thomas Creek Trails will now have the option to keep their feet dry when the trail crosses the creek. Last summer and fall, the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA) partnered with the US Forest Service to construct three trail bridges on the trails above Timberline Drive.

The Forest Service purchased pre-engineered bridge kits and TAMBA provided the volunteer labor to build them and covered the installation costs. The first bridge is a small, 15-foot span over Thomas Creek just above the Timberline Drive trailhead. The second bridge is a larger, 30-foot span over Whites Creek on the trail up to Dry Pond. This bridge also required the transport of over 18,000 pounds of materials one mile up the trail to the bridge site.

The last bridge installed was 36 feet long and provided a passage for Thomas Creek Trail on its way up to the Wilderness Boundary and connection with the Rim-to-Reno trail. It is the widest of the three to accommodate pack animals due to being on route of a longer trail with no other crossing available.

It was completed in October, after 16 volunteers contributed 306 hours over 10 volunteer days. The Forest Service assisted with the use of their backhoe which was essential for unloading the 900 pound 36 foot long timbers and lifting them into place across the creek. Once they were across, they were moved into final position on the footings by hand.

There will be some final touches to the approaches and railings followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Forest Service this spring. The total contribution from local trail users for all three bridges was 936 volunteer hours over 26 days. Not only did the volunteerism present a significant savings to taxpayers, but it made it possible that all three crossings received bridges rather than just one. Based on limited funding U.S. Forest Service received for the project, the original plan had only included one bridge.

Trail users who are interested in supporting efforts like this may make a tax deductible donation to the TAMBA trail building fund. This can be done online at Additional trail maintenance is planned for later this year on Lower Thomas Creek Trail.

Kevin Joell is the Trails Director for TAMBA and was the Project Manager for the bridges. He works locally as a firefighter and promotes several local mountain biking events. He also volunteers for Galena Fest.

Letter From the Publisher

Another strange winter is ending and spring is about to be upon us. All of us at the Galena Times want to thank our friends, sponsors and neighbors for their constructive feedback and support. Thanks to your valued support, the GT remains a vibrant part of the community and will continue to grow.

I would like to announce that Great Basin Institute will be taking over the management of Galena Fest beginning this fall. In its seventh year now, Galena Fest has been raising awareness for the outdoors and funds for outdoor education. As always, Galena Fest will take place on the last weekend of September.

I want to thank David Gentry and Jennifer Cope of South Reno Athletic Club for managing the event for the past two years. They both plan to stay involved for many years to come, working along with me, many long-time volunteers, and the Great Basin Institute. Anyone who would like to volunteer or get involved in this year’s Galena Fest please contact Gwen Bourne at the Visitors Center in Galena Park.

Finally, please remember our website is a valuable tool for all. Announce your event on the calendar, drop a message on the message board, find links for local merchants and read past GT editions plus much more. Anyone interested in advertising can also find our media kit with detailed information on how to join the Galena Times family.

Happy Trails,
Richard Keillor

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