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Rim trailhead dedicated

After 17 years, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association needs just one more year to complete the more than 150-mile loop around the basin.

On Oct. 4, trail association officials as well as authorities from the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada State Parks, Sen. Harry Reid’s office, and a number of volunteers gathered at the Tahoe Meadows dedicating the namesake trailhead, which had been nine years in the making.

“I want to thank all those thousands of volunteers who put their time and effort into this,” said Bob Wolf, Rim Trail Association president.

Wolf and others, like Steve Weaver, of Nevada State Parks, thanked the many donors and volunteers who contributed money, time, and manpower to build the Rim Trail and the trail since 1980.

All told, financial support for the Rim Trail, trailhead, and interpretive center adds up to almost $700,000.

Weaver credited the Heller Foundation with donating the first $5,000 toward the Tahoe Meadows Interpretive Trail.

Other monies came from the National Recreation Trails Fund, the Lake Tahoe Polio Network and David Kelly, the Friends of Lake Tahoe, the Washoe County Medical Society, North Lyons Charities, and the Silver State chapter of Nevada Bell’s Telephone Pioneers.

Reid’s office earmarked $183,000 for the Forest Service to use for renovation work at the trailhead, trail construction and signs along the interpretive trail at the meadows.

“They say bureaucracy moves slow,” Weaver said. “Here we are just 10 years later, now we got a trail.”

However, there are other plans in the works for the Tahoe Meadows Trailhead.

The association wants to set up a new kiosk at near the trailhead further off the highway, as well as set up manned hospitality tables.

“We want to give people a chance to know what we’re doing,” Wolf said. “We want just a bigger complete experience for all visitors.”

Next year, the association plans to have a celebration commemorating the trail’s completion on Sept. 22.

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