California’s Tahoe National Forest is a beloved recreation destination for millions of visitors from the Bay Area, Sacramento, and Reno, Nevada. Covering more than 870,000 acres of forests, Sierra Nevada peaks and trout-filled rivers, the Tahoe is truly one of America’s public lands gems. Anchored by stunning Lake Tahoe, these forests are a year-round recreation destination, but also offer habitat for wildlife and provide a critical water source for western Nevada and Northern California.
The trail system around Lake Tahoe is a big attraction, however accessing popular routes from some communities is difficult, either requiring shuttling by vehicle to space-limited parking lots, riding in heavy traffic, or cutting across fragile habitat on unofficial trails. This project will help address access to popular trails near Truckee, CA by creating a new trailhead in the downtown area, hardening a 1.5-mile social trail and extending it another 1.5 miles to a paved bike path to Donner Lake. The new access loop will be dubbed the Jackass Trail.
We will work with the Forest Service, the Truckee Trails Foundation and local mountain bike organizations, including the Truckee Youth Mountain Bike Team, to complete this work. The project will be a catalyst to an in-town parking area and additional trails that are in the planning phase.