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Faye-Luther trailhead will be dedicated Thursday

by Christy Chalmers, Tribune News Service

The one and only public access point from the Carson Valley to the Sierra Nevada will be dedicated Thursday afternoon.

After four years of earnest work, the Faye-Luther Canyon trailhead is already getting plenty of business, and those who worked on the project want everyone to know it’s finished.

“It’s a great example of local citizens engaging with the Forest Service in terms of helping to fund-raise and get something done,” said Bill Van Bruggen, a partnership coordinator with the U.S. Forest Service. “It’s been one of my highlights, seeing how many people got involved locally.”

The trailhead is adjacent to Foothill Road, a few miles south of Centerville Lane. The dedication ceremony will be held at 2 p.m.

The American Land Conservancy helped secure the trailhead property, which includes parking for 10 to 12 cars and signs advising of rules for the area. Overnight camping and fires are prohibited, and no lights, restrooms or trash cans were installed, all of which had been identified as concerns by adjacent landowners.

Previously, hikers, horseback riders and other outdoor enthusiasts parked along Foothill Road. The trailhead is a welcome addition, said Jacques Etchegoyhen, the American Land Conservancy’s Nevada director.

“They did a beautiful job, and it is the only legal access to the Sierra Nevada between Carson City and California, so it’s being used a lot,” he said.

Van Bruggen said he and his wife have used the trailhead for hiking and horseback riding.

He didn’t have a final cost for the trailhead, but noted contributions by the American Land Conservancy, in-kind services like grading and materials from the Nevada Department of Transportation, grants and individual donations supported the work.

Those groups and individuals will be recognized. Organizers are also hoping Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, will attend.

“There were a lot of contributions by a number of groups,” said Van Bruggen. “Every time we drive by, there’s somebody there. It’s very positive.”

What: Faye-Luther Trailhead dedication

When: Thursday, 2 p.m.

Where: At the trailhead, west side of Foothill Road south of Centerville Lane.

Info: 884-8150.

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