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Carson Valley to Lake Tahoe Rim Trail money approved

Jeff Munson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

A trail system that would link the Genoa foothills to Kingsbury Grade and the Lake Tahoe Rim Trail has been guaranteed funding by Nevada Division of State Lands.

Environmental assessment of the Genoa Foothill Trail System will begin next year and the trail could be completed by spring 2012.

The Carson Valley Trails Association, which is the recipient of nearly $400,000 in grant money, will host a Genoa Foothill Trail System preview event on Sunday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mormon Station Historic State Park in Genoa. The event will include guided tours of Genoa Foothill Trail System access points, displays, refreshments and more. The event is free and will be held rain or shine.

“Once the trail is built it will be something that will provide numerous outdoor activities for people of all ages for years and years to come,” said Barb Wilson, trail awareness co-chair for the association.

The western Carson Valley trail will be done in two phases. It will begin near the town of Genoa and move north and south from Adams Canyon, west of Eagle Ridge development, up along Kingsbury Grade where it will connect with the Tahoe Rim Trail.

“Lake Tahoe is the wheel and the hub and the other trail systems are like the spokes,” said Mark Kimbrough, executive director of the Tahoe Rim Trail Association. Both associations have helped each other to develop plans for the Genoa to Tahoe trail including the sharing engineers.

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Other projects underway for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association include the Rim to Reno project and the a link with the Discovery Trail, which runs from California to Washington, D.C. The trail would link the Rim Trail with the Discovery Trail along Lakeview Estates on Highway 50.

Before construction begins, environmental assessments will be done on U.S. Forest Service land along the trail. It will be built in two phases. The first will include a five-mile trail connector from the Adams Canyon Trailhead to Sierra Canyon, and a new two-mile trail at Sierra Canyon that will connect to the Tahoe Rim Trail. In the second phase, construction includes three miles of Genoa Foothill Trail System construction and two one-mile connector trails to a public access trailhead located in Genoa.

There’s a lot of excitement about this project because it will significantly enhance the quality of life within the Carson Valley, said Association President Kerstin Wolle.

The trail system will open up a new back yard for the Carson Valley residents, added Jeremy Vlcan, a trail builder with the association.

“You will have spectacular views of the Pine Nut Mountains, the Carson River, and the entire Carson Valley from the new trails. This will be a wonderful resource to pass down to future generations,” Vlcan said.

The full grant amount, $396,378 is part of the 2002 Nevada voter-approved Question 1 conservation initiative that authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to carry out programs.

The association will use money from other grants to help with construction costs. Those grants are:

” $3,600 from the American Hiking Society for signage trail maps at the Faye-Luther and Job’s Peak Ranch trails

” $5,000 from the Sierra Pacific Foundation to build a trailhead kiosk at the Adams Canyon trailhead of the Genoa Foothill Trail System

” $17,555 from the State of Nevada Recreational Trails Program (with an Association matching share of $10,660) for directional and interpretive signs at the Faye-Luther and Job’s Peak Ranch trails.

The Carson Valley Trails Association will host a Genoa Foothill Trail System preview event on Sunday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mormon Station Historic State Park in Genoa. The event will include guided tours of Genoa Foothill Trail System access points, displays, refreshments and more. The event is free, and will be held rain or shine.

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