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THE PROJECT

The West Shore Tahoe Trail has begun – learn more about biking and walking access from Cascade to Meeks through Emerald Bay

After the recent completion of the SR 89 Corridor Management Plan, the creation of a multi-use trail along the lake’s southwest shoreline was identified as a high priority need. A trail feasibility study to examine the constructability of this segment of the West Shore Tahoe Trail, dubbed the Cascade to Meeks trail, is now underway. The public is encouraged to be a part of it.


The trail feasibility study is taking place in 2021-2022. Throughout the process, additional information will continuously be added to this website. There will be opportunities for the public and key stakeholders to provide input throughout the study process.

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EVALUATION

Criteria

ACCESS & OPERATIONS

Emergency Access and Response
Land Ownership
Maintenance Requirements

CONSTRUCTIBILITY

Existing Area Slopes
Equipment Requirements
Structures/Facilities
Roadway Crossings

COST

Capital Cost
Maintenance Cost

ENVIRONMENTAL

Biological
Aquatic
Cultural
Botanical
Scenic

USER EXPERIENCE

Safety, Security, & Accessibility
Connectivity to recreation centers and points of interest
Interpretive opportunities
Scenic overlook opportunities
Rest stop opportunities

WORKSHOP #1

Presentation

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WORKSHOP #1

Zoom Meeting

Click here to view Questions and Answers submitted during Workshop #1 (held via Zoom on October 25, 2021)

 
 

ABOUT

The State Route 89 Corridor Management plan was completed in 2020 after a 2-year process that engaged key stakeholders, land managers and the public. The plan outlines a vision and a set of goals that address everything from traffic congestion to public access to environmental protections along State Route 89. The need to create a walking and biking trail from the area of Cascade Lake to Meeks Bay, through Emerald Bay, was identified as a top priority in the Corridor Management Plan. As Lake Tahoe continues to experience increased visitation, transportation solutions are important investments in sustainable recreation and communities.

The Cascade to Meeks Trail Feasibility Study, is the first project that has come as a direct result of the Corridor Management Plan. Once complete, the study will identify the preferred routes for the trail, access points, and a cost/feasibility analysis.

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AGENCY PARTNERS

Steering committee members include: California State Department of Parks & Recreation, Caltrans, El Dorado County, The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, and US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Many other key stakeholders such as local organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals are invited and encouraged to participate in the planning process.

 

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