Martin Slough trailhead moves ahead sans trail |

Martin Slough trailhead moves ahead sans trail

The end of the Martin Slough Trail in Minden. The towns of Minden and Gardnerville, along with Douglas County, received a grant to build a trailhead near Buckeye Road;.
Kurt Hildebrand file photo |

What comes first, the trailhead or the trail fueled the debate over whether to build a trailhead for Martin Slough Trail off Buckeye while waiting for the trail.

Douglas County commissioners voted 4-1 to build the trailhead on Thursday.

County Engineer Eric Nilssen said the $195,283 bid for the trailhead came in $62,447 over budget from a single builder.

The original estimate was done in 2015. The Nevada Division of State Parks is funding more than half the project with a $106,836 grant.

Another $26,000 is being provided by the county, and the towns of Gardnerville and Minden.

The trailhead is located in Minden off Buckeye Road. Martin Slough Trail will be 2.5 miles from Jake’s Wetlands to the Gilman Ponds in Gardnerville.

The trailhead is located at a midway point and will include parking, and the possibility of providing fishing access to the pond on the Buckeye parcel.

Nilssen said the original plan was to build the trailhead and the trail at the same time.

However, the trail is delayed at least a year while the Nevada Department of Transportation works on right of way issues.

Meanwhile the grant from state parks expires this year. Nilssen said there’s a possibility the state will extend that grant.

Commissioner Steve Thaler asked Nilssen if he was concerned residents will call it the trailhead to nowhere while it was waiting to be built.

Chairman Barry Penzel said that was his concern, urging commissioners to delay the bid and try again.

However, commissioner Larry Walsh said he was confident that the second bid would actually be higher.

“I am 100-percent convinced the bid price will go up, not down,” he said.

The additional funding will come from transient occupancy tax contingency funds.

Nillsen said the fishing pond wouldn’t be available until next summer. He said there wouldn’t be time to rebid the contract this year before construction season expires.

Construction of Martin Slough Trail will be accomplished with federal funds administered by state transportation.