UPDATE: Environmental permitting delayed the start of construction until late summer 2015. The Forest Service had a small crew out there for about a month and built about 1/2 mile of trail that is not connected yet. Construction will start back up in May 2016 with a full time Forest Service crew and many TAMBA volunteer trail days. With enough help, the project could be complete connecting between Andria Drive and Chimney Rock Road by the end of 2016.
Project Background: Downhill mountain bike trails have been illegally built by riders for more than 15 years in the area off the top Kingsbury Grade on the NV side of South Tahoe. Twice there has been a massive effort by the Forest Service to tear down these trails, once in 2004 and then again in 2009. This was time and money wasted by paid Forest Service trail crews to destroy illegal trails rather than build legal trails. Getting trails rebuilt in this area was one of the forces that helped TAMBA form back up in 2010. Since then TAMBA has been working with the Forest Service to design, permit and build a trail in this area that will serve as another downhill connector trail. Trail Details: The alignment will officially be a re-route of the existing multi-use Kingsbury Stinger Trail (aka Chinese Downhill) and is open to dirt bikes and mountain bikes. The trail will continue to intersect with the Tahoe Rim Trail at the top (7,960 ft) via Andria Drive in the upper Kingsbury area, and will finish near Echo Drive (approx. 6,600 ft) above Highway 50 in Stateline. The objectives of this re-route proposal include significant improvements in sustainability and erosion control, maintenance of the current 50” width for accessibility to motorcycle riders, and increased length (from the current 2.6 miles to over 4.5 miles). The proposed route goes through several large sections with natural rock ideal for building an interesting and textured trail features, and views of Lake Tahoe will increase. For advanced riders, there will be a number of technical rock features, coupled with sustainable ride-around routes for other riders including motorcycle riders travelling uphill. Since the proposed route avoids the uphill sections currently encountered on the existing descent, the new Stinger trail is expected to provide downhill mountain bikers an alternative to the Corral/Connector shuttle trails while preserving access and interest for motorcycle riders and other users. Another goal will be to add to the existing new trails that have been built at the top of Kingsbury Grade, and connecting to the Bench and Genoa trails. Current Progress: The alignment has been finalized and is going through final NEPA approvals right now. Over $150,000 in grants from NV RTP and SNPLMA funds have been secured by the US Forest Service. Full time crews will start building in June 2015 from the bottom up. This is another model project instigated by TAMBA and constructed by the Forest Service. We will hold volunteer trail days to help build the trail, see our events calendar for dates. Construction of the 4.5 mile trail will take at least 2 years to complete with a lot of tough construction through boulder fields. It has been over 10 years since Jackie Chan’s was first shut down – we are now excited to not waste another decade of inaction from the mountain bike community to rebuild. Walking new alignments for the trail that will include rock features. The old and the ugly 10 years ago… Named after Kung Fu greats Jackie Chan and Jet Li some of the janky built features on these illegal trails could whoop your ass like a Shanghai Knight.