Forest Service seeks comment on changes to popular South Lake Tahoe trail

Sun Staff Report

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE and#8212;-The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comment on a proposal to restore the High Meadows area and reroute about a mile of the Cold Creek Trail in South Lake Tahoe.

The Forest Service originally accepted public comment on this proposal in spring 2008. The primary public concern was the potential rerouting of the user-created upper section of Cold Creek Trail away from its current location. Hikers were concerned that the new route would not be as scenic and mountain bikers were concerned that the new route would be less challenging and therefore less enjoyable, according to a press statement from the Forest Service.

Alternative three of the proposal’s environmental document involves rerouting seven segments, totaling 6,134 feet, of the trail to reduce sedimentation into Cold Creek and ultimately Lake Tahoe. Six of the seven re-routes closely follow the existing trail and, in two cases, bring it closer to the stream. The final 2,278-foot segment would take the trail 750 feet uphill from it current alignment, according to the statement

Comments on the environmental document are due June 22. More information on the proposal is available at, the Forest Supervisor’s office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe, or by calling Matt Dickinson or Stephanie Heller at (530) 543-2600.

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