I have been asked by fellow Lake Tahoe Hi-Lo’s what is happening with the 18 trails that are still closed due to these trails not meeting S&G 100. I’d like to see this forum used to keep the users updated on what progress is being made for each of the 18 trails.
My focus has been on 14N39, the Richardson Lake Trail to Sourdough Hill, off the east end of the Rubicon Trail.
The ENF is not being overly cooperative with trying to get things done. We’ve toured the trail, but without a hydrologist. There has been no discussion with users on determining what the fix will be for each of the four issues on 14N39.
The ENF claims that opening these trails are a high priority.
Of course, the ENF has found the time to block access to the trail with a "Road Closed" sign and two 8"x8" post in the middle of the trail.
I’m planning on sitting down with the ENF on the 12th to have a face to face to discuss the issues of poor communications and what the fixes will be.
If you have any knowledge of progress (or not) of the other 17 trails, please post up what you can in order to keep the users informed.
Motherlode Rockcrawlers are keeping an eye on Pardoe/Emigrant and the trail is closed about half way thru, but with a paper sign saying closed until repairs made....
I sat down with the ENF on the 12th. They claim there is not enough data in the original survey notes, the notes they took during the tour on Aug 15th, the note & photos I have provided to make any decisions about possible fixes for the first three 'meadow' issues.
They say they can't move forward without another tour of the trail to get the NEW hydrologist, NEW water expert and roads people to see the issues for themselves.
So, we are in a holding pattern until the spring melt.
The ENF claims these should be 'maintenance issues and the turn around time from the tour to boots on the ground maintenance should be less than two weeks. They claim they have the funding and that Thornburg is ready to approve what ever fixes are needed.
We need to be ready to move on short notice to work with the FS to implement the fixes they come up with.
It would look very good for us if there were an adopt-a-trail group in place to handle the paperwork for these and future maintenance.
The ENF will be holding a tour of the Richardson Lake Trail (14N39) to discuss the possible fixes to the first three 'meadow' issues on the trail on June 25th.
Yes, in typical FS fashion, that is a weekday, Wednesday.
I've had a good response for needed drivers so far but if you're interested in participating, please let me know.