Last trail-building efforts of the season |

Last trail-building efforts of the season

by Andy Bourelle

The hope is to be complete by 2001.

However, a more narrowed goal for the Tahoe Rim Trail is to have finished two miles of the trail in 1998 by the end of the building season. However, time is running out and only four more work days – including today – are left this year.

“We’ll have a trail built to come from Tahoe City south to where the Pacific Crest Trail is,” said Shannon Raborn of the Tahoe Rim Trail. “We have plans to get all that done but time is getting short.”

Tahoe Rim Trail is asking mountain bikers, hikers, horseback riders and anyone who enjoys the trail to try to help out the next few Tuesdays and Saturdays.

If the planned work is completed this year, only about 10 miles will remain of the 150-mile trail circling Lake Tahoe.

Work started in 1984. Raborn said numerous volunteers have helped in the 1998 building season. She couldn’t estimate how many, but said 5,800 “volunteer hours” were accumulated in 1997. Depending on the location and the terrain of parts of the trail, some years as many as six miles were completed.

A section near Mt. Rose on the North Shore is all that will remain after this year, and Raborn said the Tahoe Rim Trail is in the permit process for that project now. Volunteers hope to be able to start working there in 1999.

Location: Across from Sunnyside Restaurant, south of Tahoe City on State Route 89

Time: 8 a.m.

Dates: Today, Oct. 3, Oct. 6 and Oct. 10

What to bring: Sturdy boots, long pants and long-sleeved shirts, work gloves, 1 to 2 quarts of water and a sack lunch

What is provided: Hard hats, tools, training and lunch on Oct. 10

Information: (702) 588-0686

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