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Erosion barriers have been placed in the user created parking area to prevent sediment from washing into the Prosser Creek. Photo courtesy TNF

NEVADA CITY, Calif. October 10, 2016 – The U.S. Forest Service, assisted by Truckee River Day volunteers, will dedicate the Hobart Mills Trailhead at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2016 as part of the Truckee River Day event.

In conjunction with Cal Trans, efforts to close a user-created parking area adjacent to Highway 89 and Prosser Creek will begin on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. Also, on Sunday, October 16, 2016, Truckee River Day volunteers will assist by implementing resource protection measures to stabilize erosion. Volunteers are still needed and can sign up to help with this project by visiting the following link: http://www.truckeeriverwc.org/events-a-programs/truckee-river-day.

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Historically used to access the Commemorative Overland Emigrant Trail, the popularity of this trailhead prompted natural resource and safety concerns. “The amount of erosion washing into the Prosser Creek was an indication of human impact on the creek,” said John Groom, Truckee Ranger District Trail Program Manager,” and then added, “the barriers to impede access to the roadside pull-off are expected to protect the natural resources at risk.” To mitigate the issues, the USFS designed and implemented the construction of a spacious new trailhead around the corner from the user-created access off of Hobart Mills Road. The new trailhead is open and available for use.

“This is an extremely popular trail. Providing safe entry and exit to the trailhead was a challenge for many users parking off the shoulder on Highway 89 adjacent to the trail.” Groom added that the new parking area provides users with a more safe and expansive area for loading and unloading, with less adverse impact on natural resources in the area.

The Tahoe National Forest, in conjunction with the Tahoe Area Mountain Bike Association and the Truckee Trail Foundation, will officially dedicate the trailhead with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Groom concluded that the addition to the trail system is a welcomed one. “Being able to provide a trailhead that creates a safer place for people to enjoy recreational activities on the Tahoe National Forest demonstrates our commitment to public safety.”