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Volunteers needed to break ground on Rim to Reno trail

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; Construction of the long-awaited Rim to Reno Trail begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Mt. Rose Trailhead near the summit of Highway 431.

Representatives from the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, U.S. Forest Service-Carson Ranger District, Great Basin Institute and Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space will join volunteers in breaking ground on the trail that connects the existing Tahoe Rim Trail to Reno.

The Tahoe Rim Trail circles the mountain ridges above Lake Tahoe, through the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forestand#8217;s Mt. Rose Wilderness. The Rim to Reno project will build new trail segments connecting the existing trails and creating a new system that includes loop trails along with the connector trail to Reno.

According to a Tahoe Rim Trail press release, 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.

This project would not have been possible without funding provided by the Nevada Question 1 Fund, according to TRTA, which seeks to improve and increase recreational opportunities in Nevada. 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.

The new trail system will be accessible through the Mt. Rose Summit Trailhead, U.S. Forest Serviceand#8217;s Thomas Creek and Whiteand#8217;s Creek trailheads, and Washoe Countyand#8217;s Galena Creek Regional Park, Lower Whiteand#8217;s Creek and Lower Thomas Creek trailheads. Ultimately, the trail system will be accessible from other Washoe County trailheads, including the new Ballardini Trailhead, which is scheduled for completion in 2011.

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For information, contact the Tahoe Rim Trail Association at info@tahoerimtrail.org or 775-298-0012, or visit the website at http://www.tahoerimtrail.org.