In the 1870’s prospectors looking for Reno’s own Comstock Lode, established a mining camp high on the eastern flank of Peavine Mountain.
Established by John Poe in 1872, the camp was known as Poeville, or as the irreverant would have it – Poedunk. By 1876 over three hundred residents (Poedunks?), two hotels, numerous salons, and a post office were established.
The Poe, Paymaster and Golden Fleece mines soon produced bars of silver bullion. But the boom soon went bust, and by 1880 literally only a few remained.
Today we are looking for 21st century Poedunks to mine Peavine’s singletrack! Join us as we work our way to Poedunk and beyond.
The Poedunks are an International Mountain Bike Association affiliated club. We plan, design, build and maintain sustainable singletrack trails on Peavine mountain with the respective land manager’s approval. Access to quality non-motorized trails is vital to the quality of life in the Truckee Meadows. Preserving and enhancing our recreational resource is more important now than ever. The demand for trails is growing, agency budgets are shrinking, and development continues to encroach into our open spaces. The Poedunks incorporated in 2007 and received 501(c) nonprofit status in 2008 in response to this demand.
The Poedunks mission is to maintain and enhance Peavines non-motorized trail network by volunteering to do trail maintenance, trail construction and mountain clean ups and working with the U.S. Forest Service, Washoe County Parks, the City of Reno, and other Peavine user groups
The founding Poedunks:
Dale Beesmer – President
Randy Meyer – Vice President
Kristi Andresen – Director
Steve Cleek – Director
Jed Colvin – Treasurer
Michael Henderson – Director
Quinn McLaughlin – Secretary, Director
Lee Turner – Director
P.O. Box 9222
Reno, NV 89507
Contact us here to get on our email/event/trail day list : firstname.lastname@example.org
SINCE 2007 THE POEDUNKS HAVE:
– Helped build over 7 miles of new singletrack trail.
– Worked with USFS and Washoe County Planners to increase the connectivity of existing trails and trailheads.
– Helped establish and designate the Keystone Canyon Non-Motorized Recreation Area
– Poedunks volunteers and partners have contributed over $200,000 in Grant Funds and In Kind Donations to the community.
– Built Partnerships with USFS, Washoe County Parks & Open Space, Great Basin Institute, Nevada Conservation Corps and NV State Parks.
– Participated with other local trail group and open space events including: Truckee Meadows Trails Association, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Tahoe to Pyramid Bikeway and the Nevada Land Conservancy
THE HALO TRAIL PROJECT
– The Halo Trail is a 6.5 mile long non-motorized trail segment approved in the USFS Peavine Mountain Roads & Recreation Plan in 2006.
– In 2007 the Poedunks successfully applied for, and were granted a Nevada State Recreational Trails Grant. The funds from this grant are being used to hire the Nevada Conservation Corps for the construction of this trail alignment.
– To date 6.5 miles have been completed with over 3,461 hours of N.C.C. labor.
– The Halo Trail will offer new hiking and biking opportunities from the Hoge Road, East and West Keystone Canyon Trail Heads.
– It will also create two new loop possibilities at 8.5 and 12 miles in length. With challenging terrain and outstanding views, residents and visitors alike are sure to use and enjoy these new trail opportunities.
FUTURE POEDUNK PLANS & GOALS
– Continue the Halo trail around Peavine, 36 +/- miles
– Continue to improve the connectivity of existing trails and trail heads and to connect the missing links.
– Reach the top of Peavine via singletrack
– Connect to other regional trails in Nevada and California
– Provide an example for other groups in the region who would like to build trails in neighborhood