The Trail Tamers will return to Candlelight Ranch on Lake Travis Saturday, January 15th, 2022 to maintain existing trails and reconstruct some features. We will get to camp out at this wonderful ranch and we hope to do some serious campfire cooking during this trip. That being said, this trip will still require crew members to bring their own food. There are facilities for cooking indoors if needed. Those who live near by can of course commute to the ranch if they choose. There are two options. Saturday only or the full project. The Saturday crew will focus most on widening the tread. The rest of the trip will focus more on other more specific improvements.
Candlelight Ranch provides therapeutic and educational nature-based experiences to enrich the lives of at-risk youth, children with disabilities and their families. We will be working on Tamer Trail, named for us because we built it way back in ~1993. Over the years, the trail has served many deserving children and their families and it is now showing its age. It is time to renew it so it can serve the next generation. Please join us on this CTTT legacy project.
Candlelight Ranch will be closed to clients during this trip, so we will be able to work unencumbered. Plan to arrive any time by 9 am on Saturday the 15th. The work beginning on Saturday the 15th will include tread improvements, rock work including an extensive set of steps, brushing and removing limbs. Over the years the trail has narrowed in many spots and it needs to be widened to meet the current needs of the camp. The re-route of the trail at end of the trail needs to have steps built and we hope to finish that job during this trip. There are several drains that need to be rebuilt and armored. We will assemble at 9 am Saturday morning to discuss safety, tool usage, the nature of the work, and to break into teams. Bring a lunch, work gloves, close-toed shoes, eye-protection and long pants.
Directions: Candlelight Ranch is located 18 miles east of Marble Falls and 9 miles west of Lago Vista off of Highway 1431. Turn onto Muleshoe Bend Trail (private road) and follow it to the left, down the hill until the road forks. Take the left fork to the first gate on your right.
Registration: The fee for this project is $25 for the whole trip or $5 for Saturday only. Fees help cover basic Trail Tamer expenses. Registration is open to members of the Central Texas Trail Tamers and approved members of the public.
Covid Precautions: Only fully vaccinated adults are allowed on this project. Proof of vaccination is required. We will not require testing or masks outdoors.
Scott Newsom, Pat Dixon and Kevin Dieters are crew leaders for the project.