NEVADA CITY, Calif. August 27, 2016 – Crew members from the American Conservation Experience (ACE), the Truckee Trail Foundation (TTF) and the Tahoe National Forest are working diligently to set the foundation for a major work day involving over 200 employees from Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI).
The project will reconstruct sections of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) north of Old Highway 40 past the rock climbing areas and the Summit Lake Trail, beginning at the junction with the PCT and proceeding north. These areas are currently below National Forest Service trail standards due to overuse and detrimental environmental conditions and require intensive maintenance.
While minor delays may impact recreationalists as they hike the trail Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. up to September 9th, major delays are expected on Tuesday, September 13th on these segments. Weekend use of the trails should not be affected but hikers are cautioned to move through the affected areas taking into consideration the current status of the construction.
“Without those local partnerships, and the willingness of REI to assist with trail stewardship, the project could not have happened,” said Lands and Winter Sports Specialist Joe Flannery. Flannery noted that it is a unique project, reliant on multiple partners including the Truckee Trail Foundation, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association in addition to REI.