IMPROVING THE TAHOE RIM TRAIL!
Central to the mission of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association is the maintenance and enhancement of the trail itself. Each year the Trail Operations Program's staff, crew leaders, and volunteers devote thousands of hours to clearing downed trees, repairing trail tread, fixing signage and building new trails and trail connections on the Tahoe Rim Trail. Working cooperatively with the US Forest Service and other trail partners, the TRTA works to maintain a safe, sustainable and fun trail system. Join us in 2013 and help build a legacy! Click here for more information on volunteering.
2013 TRAIL PROJECTS:
Trail Maintenance: Clearing, Rehabilitiation and Reconstruction
Without dedicated volunteers to assume stewardship responsibilities of the Tahoe Rim Trail eventually it will be reclaimed by nature as trees fall across it, brush grows over it and erosion carries it downhill! The Tahoe Rim Trail Association conducts maintenance work annually on the trail from early June to mid October clearing fallen trees and heavy overgrowth, constructing and reconstructing rock walls, installing stream crossings, and other maintenance activities.
Daggett Summit Reroute - 13 Miles of New Trail!
The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, in partnership with the US Forest Service and Nevada State Parks, has moved 4 miles of trail from pavement to forest. New, view-filled segments have improved the trail experience and eliminated conflicts with vehicles. The project also adds 13 miles of new trail to the Tahoe Rim Trail system!
This project is in its final year of construction. Over the past several trail seasons, we constructed a connector trail from the Tahoe Rim Trail down to the Van Sickle Bi State Park connecting the trail to Stateline, NV; created new trail at Kingsbury South that routes trail users around wet areas and ski runs; and built seven miles of beautiful single track trail connecting the Kingsbury North and Kingsbury South trailheads. Professional trail crews and conservation corps have helped to build technical features but the bulk of this immense project has been built for the public, by the public!
During the 2013 trail season, the TRTA hopes to put the finishing touches on this trail project. We will hosting volunteer workdays every Tuesday and Saturday from June 4th - July 30th to complete a scenic loop trail that wanders around the Upper Kingsbury neighborhood and out to Castle Rock.
Rim to Reno
The Mt. Rose Summit Trail and the Tahoe Rim Trail have seen a dramatic increase in popularity since the trailhead at the Mount Rose Welcome Plaza, was completed in 2004. One of the goals of the new trail system is to provide quality recreation opportunities while minimizing impacts and reducing the potential for wilderness use conflicts. New trail connections and loop trails help to disperse the increasing numbers of trail users.
This project would not have been possible without funding provided by the State of Nevada Question 1 Fund, which seeks to improve and increase recreational opportunities in Nevada. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) administered the grant and worked with the U.S. Forest Service to complete the environmental analysis. TRTA volunteers also made the project possible by designing and laying out the trail route and building the trail.
“This has been a long process, working with the public to design a trail system that reduces impacts to the natural and cultural resources, yet provides improved access to this beautiful area,” said Mary Bennington, Executive Director of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. “We are very excited that this project is getting started; eager crew leaders and volunteers are ready to link the Tahoe Rim Trail to Reno,” added Bennington.
The new trail system is accessible through the Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead and U.S. Forest Service’s Thomas Creek Trailhead. Ultimately, the trail system will be accessible from other Washoe County Trailheads.
Volunteer workdays in 2013 on the Rim to Reno will focus on finish work, maintenance, and signage installation. Work days will start in July!