The Tahoe Fund announced that it had met and exceeded its campaign goal of raising $ 50,000 for a new Tunnel Creek Singletrack through individual donors, a major donation from the Verstappen Family Foundation and a match from the Spaht family. Once constructed, the trail will be a 2.3 mile multi-use trail that will provide users with a new alternative to access the Marlette Flume Trail, Incline Flume Trail, and Tahoe Rim Trail.
The current loose, sandy descent at the end of the iconic Flume Trail has long been a problem for mountain bikers and hikers. This new trail will relieve the pressure and create a safer, more enjoyable experience for everyone.
The $ 50,000 raised will fill the funding gap to complete phase 1 as well as a grant from the recreational trails program obtained by the Great Basin Institute project partners and the Nevada Conservation Corps program, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA), Nevada State Parks, Flume Trail Bikes, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and Tunnel Creek Lodge. Any funds raised beyond the initial campaign goal will go to phase 2 of the journey.
“Creating sustainable recreational opportunities in the basin is a key goal of the Tahoe Fund, and this project has become even more important now that closures and damage from the Caldor fire will drive more users to the Flume Trail,” Tahoe said. Vice President of the Fund, Cory Ritchie. “We are grateful to all donors and the Spaht family for helping us fund this project twice as quickly with their matching donation. “
“On behalf of the Great Basin Institute and the Nevada Conservation Corps, I want to thank the Spaht family and individual donors for continuing to make this project a reality. Without the generous donations, the implementation of the project would not be possible. The GBI team are very excited to begin construction of the trail and look forward to providing further sustainable recreation opportunities for the Tahoe Basin, ”said Kevin Dose, Deputy Director of the Great Basin Institute.
Volunteers are needed to help begin the brush clearing work along the trail course. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact TAMBA at [email protected] or keep an eye on the events page for upcoming volunteer days at tamba.org/events.
See the film of the project: https://vimeo.com/630459678