Tunnel Creek East – Snapdragon Trail

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.

The view of Washoe Lake from the route of the new trail.

The view of Washoe Lake from the route of the new trail.

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 had a better ring to it than Penstemon Trail.  They should be very obvious along the trail when they are flowering. 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.

DCIM103GOPRO 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 8 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 ride-able but does not have finished tread.

Using the Sutter 300 to rough cut the Snapdragon Trail.

Using the Sutter 300 to rough cut the Snapdragon Trail.

This trail was built by TAMBA volunteers.  The $1500 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.

Erik and Justin posing with the rock they just split and moved.

Erik and Justin posing with the rock they just split and moved.

 

Are you guys done yet?

Are you guys done yet?

Map showing the location of the new trail

Map showing the location of the new trail