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Trail association kicks off work season

Erin Casey, Special to the Sun
Courtesy photoJodi Grim, Erin Casey and Katie Teske take a break after working near Mt. Rose on June 19. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will provide tools to volunteers.
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The Tahoe Rim Trail Association kicked off the summer trail building season on June 19 with its Beginning of the Season Workday.

Over 30 volunteers participated in this event constructing new trails, moving large boulders, creating rock walls, and picking up trash and debris on the Tahoe Rim Trail. This annual event is open to the public and introduces the community to outdoor volunteer opportunities on the Tahoe Rim Trail.

Throughout the summer months Tahoe Rim Trail Association volunteer crews will work on the trail every Tuesday and Saturday until October 9. If you’re interested in building and maintaining the Tahoe Rim Trail with these crews, please contact (775) 298-0012 or erinc@tahoerimtrail.org.

Throughout the summer, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association will feature all eight segments of the Tahoe Rim Trail. This week it features Kingsbury to Spooner Summit:

– Distance 12.2 Miles

– Camp Stove permit required from US Forest Service

– Camping ” 300 feet from trail and 200 from water

– Elevations (Spooner ” 7150′; N. Benjamin 7780′)

– Water sources available – None

– Trailheads

” Spooner Summit (South Side of Hwy. 50)

Restroom

Paved Parking

” Kingsbury Trailhead

End of N. Benjamin Road which becomes Andria

No facilities

Dirt parking area

– Shuttle possibilities ” A shuttle can be arranged from Kingsbury to Spooner for five or more people. Contact Flume Trail Bikes at (775) 749-5349 for more information.

The staff at the TRTA always recommends this segment to most early-season hikers, since the snow seems to melt on this section first. It is also the shortest segment at 12.2 miles, and it is a great beginning of the season training hike to get ready for the longer segments later in the summer.

The recommended route is to start at the Kingsbury side with less elevation gain from that trailhead. As with all the Rim Trail segments, it takes two cars to complete the hike. Hikers usually average around 2.5 mph, so it should take about five hours.

This is also a great mountain bike training area. Mountain bikers can do the ride in approximately two hours at a 6 mph average for the entire segment. The single track experience can be challenging for those not used to this type of bike riding. Starting at Kingsbury allows an easier ride, and this segment is great for a beginner/intermediate to test their skills.

The reward for this section is a long one-mile long ridge along the segment with some of the best views on the Tahoe Rim Trail. This bench is in the middle of this segment and just below South Camp peak ” the highest elevation along the segment at 8,800′.

This segment has a parallel US Forest Service road system [14N32] that allows for vehicles and OHV’s to travel along this area. Mountain bikes can experience both the road and the trail if they want some variety. The roadway starts next to the NDOT yard at the Spooner summit area and continues through to N. Benjamin.