In Truckee, CA and North Tahoe, a few notable trail building projects are currently established to meet the growing demand for sustainable recreation, while providing solid community identity and continued economic strength during summer months. Local trail users and visitors alike continue showing off their trail building prowess with miles of new trail every year. Here are a few notable projects that will see further progress this summer —
- Donner Lake Rim Trail; When completed, the Donner Rim Trail will be the little brother to the neighboring Lake Tahoe Rim Trail. The current trail runs from Tahoe Donner to Summit Lake and connects to the famous Hole in the Ground trail on Donner Summit, which can also access Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and beyond. The Truckee Donner Land Trust is currently planning two new sections that will connect from Tahoe Donner Association to Donner Memorial State Park, and then Donner State Park to Donner Summit. The finished trail will be approximately 23 miles long.
- Martis Valley’s Waddle Ranch; Some of the area’s newest trails have been constructed at Waddle Ranch, the nearly 1,500-acre Martis Valley property owned by the Truckee Donner Land Trust. Matt’s Trail and Erika and Megan’s Trail have added a new loop of singletrack overlooking Martis Creek Lake.
- Rim to Reno Trail; The largest project the Tahoe Rim Trail Association has taken on since the Rim Trail’s completion is a roughly 13-mile connection from the rim trail near Mount Rose to Reno. The Rim to Reno project will be built by volunteers and will connect with Thomas Creek trail network at the southwest end of Reno, NV.
“The old ways of building trail are passé, it really has evolved… Instead of just going from point A to point B, we put a little creativity into it.” said Bill Weik, a volunteer crew leader for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. To find more information about volunteering and trail building, visit these websites. www.truckeetrails.org, www.tahoerimtrail.org