Kings Beach Trail
Partners: Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association (TAMBA), US Forest Service, Truckee Tahoe Airport and North Tahoe Public Utility District
The Kings Beach Trail project aims to transform a current OHV trail with major erosion issues into a multi-feature trail for use by mountain bikes, motorbikes, hikers and equestrians. The Forest Service has been redesigning OHV trails in the Tahoe Basin to help reduce erosion and sediment flow into Lake Tahoe. The Corral Trail in South Lake Tahoe utilizes banked corners and tabletop features to prevent water from eroding straight down the trail. Modeling of the Kings Beach trail by the Forest Service shows that up to a ton of sediment currently flows into Griff Creek. With similar trail redesigns, they have seen a 90% reduction of erosion.
The newly designed trail, located off Beaver Street in Kings Beach, will help prevent the flow of sediment from the eroding trail into Griff Creek and Lake Tahoe. The Forest Service and TAMBA will hold a trail design workshop in September to solicit thoughts and ideas from the community for the trail reconstruction.
Final alignments and engineering work will be completed later this summer. The majority of trail work is slated for the 2018 season. TAMBA will be looking for local volunteers.