Forest Service to begin Fallen Leaf trail project |

Forest Service to begin Fallen Leaf trail project

Submitted to the Tribune

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin work on the Fallen Leaf Lake Trail Access and Travel Management Plan as soon as Monday. The project will improve the Fallen Leaf Lake trail system by providing improved access to popular destinations and reducing congestion and user conflict.

During the first phase of the project work this spring and summer, a new bike path from Fallen Leaf Campground to the Pope Baldwin Bike Path will be constructed, several trails on the north end of Fallen Leaf Lake will receive maintenance, and others will be rerouted and reconstructed. Temporary closures or restrictions in access may occur during project implementation and some noise and visual impacts may affect the Fallen Leaf campground and surrounding areas.

Future work will include reconstruction and rerouting portions of the Mt. Tallac Trail, new trailheads and parking areas developed in several locations along the Highway 89 corridor between Camp Richardson and Spring Creek Road, and the last one-quarter mile of the Pope Baldwin Bike Path is scheduled to be moved to a more appropriate crossing and access point on Highway 89.

The work scheduled for this season is funded by the Forest Service Legacy Trails Capital Maintenance and Improvement Fund. Depending on funding, the project could take three to five years to complete. For more information, visit

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