Tamarancho Trail News, 9/2011

September 2011              Editor: Danny Forer

Tamarancho Trail News
Mountain Biking Events


Table of Contents:     

  1. Half Year Passes Now on Sale
  2. Biketoberfest- Sunday Sept. 25
  3. MCBC Takes It Off-Road
  4. Ask Mr. Tamarancho
  5. "Mountain Biking Marin" Skill Clinics

1. Half Year Passes Now on Sale

1/2 YEAR, and the new 18 month GOLD PASS are now on sale. The Half Year Pass is valid for unlimited riding until December 31, 2011. The cost for the Individual Pass is $25, and $45 for a Family Pass (2 adults living in the same household).

Also available, is the new 18 month GOLD PASS, which is valid until December 31, 2012. The cost for the GOLD PASS is $65 for an individual and $95 for a family.

To purchase a pass online, with a credit card, go to:

If you want to pay by check, print out an application and mail to the scouts. If you wish to pay by cash, print out an application, and the address for the scouts office in San Rafael is listed on the application.
To print out a 2011 1/2 year and the GOLD PASS application go to:

Notes about the 2011 Annual Passes:
1. A plastic pass will be sent to you via snail mail.
2. Carry the receipt until you receive your pass.

Day Passes cost $5, and are available online (print out the pass on your own printer). For a day pass go to:
Purchase Day Pass and Print On Your Printer

Also, you can purchase a day pass at the following bike stores:

Fairfax Cyclery and Sunshine Bikes (Fairfax)
Summit Bike (San Rafael)
Caesar's Bike and Paradigm (San Anselmo)
Bike Works (San Anselmo)

2. Biketoberfest- Sunday Sept. 25

Bikes! Beer! Food!

WHAT: Biketoberfest Marin 2011
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, September 25
WHERE: Fair-Anselm Plaza, downtown Fairfax, CA
ADMISSION: FREE! (Beer Tasting $25 advance, $30 day-of)

Biketoberfest Marin brings cyclists and West Coast brewers together in a combined bicycle expo and stellar brewfest!

Held in Fairfax, CA-the birthplace of the mountain bike-Biketoberfest is Marin County's premier bicycle event and also the biggest annual fundraiser for presenter's Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) and Access4Bikes (A4B).

This year, Biketoberfest features a celebrity road ride with "Fast" Freddie Rodriguez; a pioneer mountain bike ride with Joe Breeze, Charlie Kelly and Otis Guy; a Cargo Bike Jubilee, great food, family activities, dozens of bicycle, component, nutrition and athletic attire vendors; a women's skills clinic with LUNA Pro Catharine Pendrel; and 25 West Coast brewers serving over 40 beers!

There's also a handmade bike show, bicycle museum and live music all-day, featuring WTJ Squared, Miracle Mule, Beso Negro and Tom Finch Group.


3. MCBC Takes It Off-Road

The Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) takes great pride in announcing a new off-road advocacy program, thanks in part to a generous contribution from the Bicycle Trails Council of Marin, the organization that builds and maintains trails throughout Marin, including the trails at Camp Tamarancho.

The Bicycle Trails Council of Marin (BTC Marin) has advocated for mountain bike trails since 1987.

Now BTC Marin passes the advocacy torch to MCBC to carry on efforts to educate mountain bikers, to expand opportunities for mountain biking in Marin County and to inspire a sense of stewardship in our public lands.

With BTC Marin's generous contribution, MCBC is well on it's way to raising $60,000 to hire an advocacy director.

To learn more about MCBC's new off-road cycling program, to donate because mountain biking is your passion, or to apply for MCBC's Dirt Director position visit:


4.  Ask Mr. Tamarancho

Q. Any new trails at Tamarancho?
A. In the past few years, we have constructed two new "bypass" trails. One is on Broken Dam trail and is named the Dick Hackie bypass. It is located just before the large bridge (if going clockwise, the most popular direction). At the second fireroad go left and follow the tire marks and enjoy two switchbacks and a short bridge.

The most recently constructed bypass trail, called the ADA trail, goes around the "rock face" on lower Serpentine Trail.

Q. What do you think is the hardest switchback at Tamarancho?
A. Good question, as there is one switchback, that riders rarely attempt that is harder than all the others. Going clockwise direction, downhill on Broken Dam Trail, after you cross the second fireroad, in about 40 yards, try to make the very sharp left u-turn on to the bypass trail (see above).

Q. How would you rate the trails at Tamarancho?
A. The "map dudes" rate all the trails as either "Intermediate" or "Advanced". I would agree. Due to natural erosion (70" of rain this past winter) and heavy bike use, I think the trails are more difficult that when first constructed (loop was completed 11 years ago). In the winter, when the rocks and roots are wet it is harder than in the drier months.

5. "Mountain Biking Marin" Skill Clinics

Want to improve your singletrack skills?

Mountain Biking Marin is a local private company that conducts skill classes and clinics in cross country, freeride and downhill. They schedule individual sessions to accommodate your skill level and schedule.

For more information go to our website: www.mountainbikingmarin.com 

Contact Information


For information or comments about Tamarancho bike program,
please contact Danny Forer at D4er@comcast.net