The Snapdragon trail is in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park and connects the Tahoe Rim Trail at Twin Lakes down to the Red House Flume on the east side of Tunnel Creek. This bypasses the steep and sandy fire road that currently exists and gets us another step closer to completing the “singletrack superloop” identified in the trails portion of the resource management plan.
TAMBA had numerous trail work days in 2014 and 2015 to complete the trail. The ribbon cutting for the trail was on Saturday, July 25 2015. In 2016, we started repairing some of the sandy corners.
The trail has been named the Snapdragon Trail after the large number of penstemon flowers that we avoided or transplanted during construction. Penstemons and Snapdragons look similar, but Snapdragon Trail had a better ring to it than Penstemon Trail. The flowers should be very obvious along the trail when they are blooming. We have been working with State Parks for the last two years to find an alignment and lay out the new trail. Final approval was given in late August 2014.
Our volunteer sawyers went to work right away clearing over 100 dead and down trees from the one-mile corridor.
We had the Poedunk’s Sutter 300 trail dozer to rough cut the trail in early October. We ran into significant granite boulders that required drilling and splitting to get through. In other cases we built up wood cribbing to pass the dozer over leaving as many natural features in the trail as possible. There were a total of eight volunteer days last fall to cut the trail in and start the finish work. We finished about half of the one-mile trail and the other half is rideable but does not have finished tread.
This trail was built by TAMBA volunteers. The $1,500 cost of building this one mile of trail was funded by a donation from Justin Eatinger and the proceeds from the Great Tahoe Flume Race.