Legacy Trails Program Awardee


Western States Trail Improvements

This project is an immediate need to improve a section of trail on the National Register of Historic Places within the Tahoe National Forest trail system along the Western States trail. It is a very special area that has major cultural and heritage resources, threatened and endangered species, natural resources, native plant communities, and most of all human life and safety that each and all need further protection and improvements in order to be a sustainable NFS trail. The USFS initial estimate to complete the work in the El Dorado canyon is more than $200,000. This grant funding will help us achieve a completed project that is much safer for users and will help to maintain the trail.

Applicant: Western States Trail Foundation
Project Location: American River Ranger District, Tahoe National Forest, California
Amount Awarded: $100,000.00

Partners for the proposed project include Western States Trail Foundation, Western States Endurance Run, USFS. Grant funds will be used to maintain the trail without altering the overall character of the trail. Work will consist of limited trail tread widening to restore the trail width to 18"-30" where possible under specific direction and coordination with Tahoe National Forest staff. Work will consist of pulling back the hinge, hazard tree work, drainage feature installation and maintenance, trail creep prevention by performing aggressive handwork, chiseling, compacting, and quarrying rock for placement along the critical edge, rock wall placement and tread armoring. No mechanized trail equipment is authorized for use due to this trail being a part of a historical section of trail. The critical edge leads to a 2000' drop off into El Dorado canyon. In some instances the trail is 12" wide or less which is of significant concern for trail users on foot, equine or bike (motorized and non-motorized). Traditional trail specification within this section is 18"-24" wide with a NTE 30" width. The work proposed in this application is anticipated to be completed in late 2023 through the Spring of 2024, dependent on contracted crew and volunteer availability and BAER hazard tree mitigation. An estimated 6 weeks of work is necessary to complete the project as proposed. Two annual endurance events which take place on the trail are held in June and July. In order to accommodate these events, the work will ideally be completed prior to June 2024 to maximize public awareness and recognition of the significant safety enhancements completed to the trail.

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