If you’re going to the grand opening of the 10.5-mile Clear Creek Trail on April 12-13, remember to pack a lunch, some water … and a mountain bike, or even a horse.
The Carson Valley Trails Association is hosting an event at the Jacks Valley Trailhead 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 12, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 13.
All of the grand opening event activities are free, open to the public, and will take place at the trailhead 10-11 a.m. April 12.
The association, and partners will brief guests about the Clear Creek project, collaborative efforts, trail construction and trail use. Informational displays and trail maps will be available and complimentary breakfast snacks will be provided. Following the briefing, guests are invited to explore the new trail on their own or join one of three guided hiking tours ranging from 5-14 miles round trip. Equestrians and mountain bike riders can join the tours. Guided tour participants can turn back whenever they want and should bring lunch and water.
Two organized tours specific to equestrians and mountain bikers are planned for April 13 each starting again from the trailhead next to the school. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a 14-mile guided tour for equestrians to Knob Point, and back. Then 3-6 p.m., there will be a 14-mile guided mountain bike tour to Knob Point and back.
Coordination of the Clear Creek Trail project formally began in 2008. The trail was built in 2013. Key project partners include the U.S. Forest Service, Douglas County, Carson City, Nevada Division of State Lands, Nevada State Parks, The Nature Conservancy, and private landowners including Clear Creek Tahoe. Nearly 4,500 volunteer hours were contributed toward this project by the association, including partner employees and their families from Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant & Distribution, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and Reno, Harveys Lake Tahoe, Harley-Davidson Financial Services, GE Measurement and Control, Southwest Gas, Northern Pipeline and The Nature Conservancy. Portions of this project were also constructed by the Nevada Conservation Corps through a Nevada Recreational Trails Program Grant.