Texas Trail Tamers

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, October 30, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • 4200 Smith School Rd, Austin, TX 78744
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    The Trail Tamers return to one of our favorite parks in Central Texas for a regular series of Trail Maintenance projects. We will clear water features to be sure the trails continue to shed water and do brushing to maintain the trail corridor. This is a good volunteer opportunity to give back to the parks you love and learn about how sustainable trails work. These projects are open to members and volunteers from the public. Kevin Deiters is leading this project. 

    Volunteers need to wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring work gloves and if you have your own, bring a hardhat and safety glasses. Bring your own water and snacks. The Trail Tamers will bring the required tools. 

    There is a $5 charge per day for Trail Tamer projects. The funds are used to support basic organizational expenses. 

    Volunteers will meet at the Texas Parks and Wildlife State Headquarters adjacent to the park.  4200 Smith School Rd, Austin, TX 78744. Head to the parking lot next to Building D (past the main buildings). Note: This is not the park headquarters

    TEMPORARY PRECAUTIONS With regard to COVID-19, only participants who are fully vaccinated may attend our projects. Due to increased risks for spreading the disease and becoming seriously ill during or after an event where people work in close proximity with each other, only people who show proof of current vaccination may attend. Other precautions such as wearing masks in enclosed spaces and when working within close contact of each other may be required. Because the Delta variant is highly contagious even among people who are vaccinated, everyone will need to get a Covid-19 antigen test immediately prior to the event. 

    Trail Tamers need to be symptom free immediately before and throughout any project. 

    Symptom free means none of the following symptoms (from any cause) for two weeks:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake

    COVID-19 Protocols

    • Participants will need to sign a waiver, provide documentation and complete a self-evaluation before attending the project.
    • Participants will need to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test and a copy of your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.
    • Participants would need to bring their own PPE (gloves, masks, safety glasses, hard-hats) and are encouraged to bring their own hand tools (loppers, hand saws, etc.)
    • Practice physical distancing by keeping six feet or more away from others—best practice being ten to 15 feet apart when physically exerting one’s self and/or downwind of other people. 
    • CTTT will provide hand-washing stations or alcohol wipes at each work-site.

    Registration: The fee for this project is $5 and will be used to cover basic Trail Tamer organization expenses. 

     


    • Sunday, December 12, 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • Friday, December 17, 2021
    • 2327 ELAM CREEK RD, MEDINA, TX 78055-3753
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    The Central Texas Trail Tamers return to the beautiful Love Creek Preserve this December to continue work on the trail starting at the Stewardship center and climbing to the top of the escarpment. This trail has been designed and built by the Trail Tamers from start to finish.  This trip should allow us to finish the trail such that it is safe for all users, so this should be our last major trail construction project for this trail. I'm looking forward to celebrating finishing this trail. Feel free to arrive Sunday evening and be ready to gather for our safety meeting by 8 a.m. Monday morning.  

    We are watching the Covid-19 situation very closely -- at this time it is unknown whether we will be able to use the Stewardship Center kitchen & bunks.  At a minimum, we will have the outdoor-access bathroom and shower available to us.  Details will be updated as soon as they are known.  

    There is a minimum $5 a day charge for all Trail Tamer projects. You must be a member of the Trail Tamers for this trip and provide your own meals. If the indoor kitchen is not available, we will set up an outdoor kitchen. There are multiple tent sites available. Establishing a self-sufficient camping site is highly recommended. You may also stay in an RV if you have one. Hookups are not available. 

    With regard to COVID-19, only members who are fully vaccinated may attend our projects. Trail Tamers need to be symptom free immediately before and throughout any project. 

    Registration: The fee for this project is $25 and will be used to cover basic Trail Tamer organization expenses. Registration is open only to members of the Central Texas Trail Tamers. 

    Angie Hardy will be the crew leader.  


    • Saturday, January 15, 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • 6408 Muleshoe Bend Trail Marble Falls, Texas 78654
    • 12
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    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 on Friday the 14th or 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.

Past events

Saturday, October 16, 2021 Candlelight Ranch Trail Rehabilitation
Sunday, October 10, 2021 Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center Project
Saturday, August 28, 2021 McKinney Falls State Park - Homestead Trail
Thursday, August 19, 2021 Introduction to Trail Construction and Maintenance - Miller Springs
Sunday, April 18, 2021 Buffalo Trails Scout Ranch Project
Monday, March 15, 2021 Kickapoo Caverns State Park Trail Project (Mar 15-19, 2021)
Monday, February 15, 2021 Kickapoo Caverns State Park Trail Project (Feb 15-19, 2021)
Sunday, April 19, 2020 Introduction to Sustainable Trail Construction and Maintenance at the Davis Mountains Preserve
Sunday, April 19, 2020 Trail Construction: The Nature Conservancy: Davis Mountains Preserve
Saturday, March 07, 2020 San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance Upper Purgatory Creek
Saturday, January 25, 2020 Trail Construction - YMCA Roberts Ranch
Saturday, January 11, 2020 Trail Building and Maintenance Class Hosted by Ecology Action
Friday, December 13, 2019 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Sunday, November 03, 2019 Guadalupe Mountain National Park
Saturday, October 12, 2019 Trail Construction - YMCA Roberts Ranch
Thursday, October 10, 2019 CTTT Davis Mountains Preserve Open Weekend Campout
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 CDTC - Lagunitas - Carson National Forest
Saturday, April 20, 2019 Intro to Trail Building Class Hosted by Wild Basin
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Nature Conservancy: Davis Mountains Preserve
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Trail Construction Clinic - YMCA Roberts Ranch
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Saturday, February 09, 2019 Candlelight Ranch Trail Project
Monday, January 21, 2019 Colorado River Refuge - Bastrop
Sunday, October 28, 2018 Guadalupe Peak Trail Project
Friday, October 19, 2018 cancelled - Nature Conservancy: Love Creek - cancelled
Saturday, September 01, 2018 Continental Divide Canjilon Lakes Project NM
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Colorado River Refuge - Bastrop, TX (Trailhead Restoration)
Saturday, June 02, 2018 National Trails Day - Barton Creek Trail Maintenance
Saturday, June 02, 2018 National Trails Day - Barton Creek Bike Diversion Project
Friday, May 04, 2018 Balcones Canyonlands, Warbler Vista Trail Project
Friday, March 23, 2018 Introduction to Trail Maintenance
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Saturday, February 03, 2018 Blanco State park
Saturday, January 20, 2018 Colorado River Refuge Trail Closures - Bastrop Tx
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 Nature Conservancy: Love Creek
Saturday, November 11, 2017 Ray Fore Celebration and Work Project
Friday, October 27, 2017 Memorial Park Conservancy: Introduction to Trail Maintenance Class
Sunday, October 15, 2017 Davis Mountains Preserve
Thursday, August 24, 2017 CDT: Martinez Canyon Relocation (Carson National Forest)
Saturday, June 03, 2017 National Trails Day 2017: Introduction to Trail Maintenance Class and Hike
Monday, May 15, 2017 Love Creek Trail Flagging
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Advanced Trail Building Skills Class Hosted By Wild Basin
Sunday, April 02, 2017 Davis Mountains Preserve - Wolf Den Trail
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Intro to Trail Building Class Hosted by Wild Basin
Saturday, March 11, 2017 BCP Doe Skin Ranch Creek Crossing
Saturday, February 18, 2017 Love Creek Work Weekend
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Intro to Trail Building Class Hosted By Wild Basin
Saturday, February 04, 2017 Trail Clinic: Working Safely with Chainsaws
Saturday, January 21, 2017 Old Baldy Bridge Project - McKinney Falls State Park

The Central Texas Trail Tamers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

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