Short History of the Carson Valley Trails Association

February 2019

Early Years

1994 – With access to local public lands diminishing because of changing landowners and new housing developments, a group of local citizens forms the Carson Valley Access Community (CVAC) to maintain existing or establish new public access to adjacent public lands.

1995-2000 – In a cooperative effort with stakeholders including the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Douglas County and private landowners, CVAC begins planning for access and trail opportunities in and around the Carson Valley for hiking, biking and equestrian use.

1996 – CVAC files articles of incorporation and becomes a non-profit organization.

2000 – CVAC changes its name to the Carson Valley Trails Association (CVTA).

2002-2003 – CVTA and other stakeholders work with Douglas County to create the Douglas County Comprehensive Trails Plan. This plan is part of the County’s Master Plan and provides a general framework for trails planning within the County.


Fay-Luther/Jobs Peak Ranch Trail System

1995-2000 – CVAC works to provide public access in the Fay-Luther Trailhead area.

2000 – An environmental assessment jointly prepared between the USFS and BLM is signed for the Fay-Luther Trailhead for non-motorized recreation access. CVAC partners with The American Land Conservancy to purchase 2.35 acres of private property between Foothill Road and the BLM in Alpine County from a willing seller to develop the Fay-Luther Trailhead. The trailhead is then deeded over to the U.S. Forest Service.

2005 – Public use of the Fay-Luther Trailhead continues to grow steadily. CVTA forms a trail clean-up volunteer crew to help clean up dog waste several times per week. CVTA provides dog bags and waste buckets for the public to use and continues today.

2006 – The BLM completes an Environmental Assessment for the Fay-Luther Trail System. The Jobs Peak Ranch Trailhead is built, and CVTA constructs the Jobs Peak Ranch Trail on a Douglas County easement on Jobs Peak Ranch property. This is the first constructed and formally recognized trail in Carson Valley.

2007 – CVTA constructs and opens the Interpretive Loop and Bitter Cherry Trail.

2008 – CVTA connects the Jobs Ranch Trail to the Fay-Luther Trailhead. This entire trail between the two trailheads is renamed the Fay-Luther/Jobs Peak Ranch Trail.

2008 – CVTA constructs and opens the Grand View Loop, Valley View Loop and Jeffrey Pine Trail.

2009 – CVTA installs trail signs and trail maps throughout the Fay-Luther/Jobs Peak Ranch Trail System. This 9-mile trail system becomes the first formally recognized trail system within the Carson Valley.

2010 – CVTA installs interpretive signs along the Interpretive Loop of the trail system, providing a learning opportunity about the areas unique human and natural history.

2016 – The BLM approves an environmental assessment for CVTA to realign a section of trail on the Grand View, Interpretive and Lonesome Trails. These realignments are then built and opened.


Bently Heritage Trail

2009-2010 – The 4-mile Bently-Kirman Tract Trail is constructed on a conservation easement and opens in 2010 as a cooperative project with The Nature Conservancy and the private landowner Bently Ranch. This becomes the second formally recognized trail system within Carson Valley.

2014-2019 – Boardwalks are constructed over wet/muddy trail sections in partnership with multiple Eagle Scout projects.

2016 – Bently Ranch renames the trail to the Bently Heritage Trail. An additional one mile of trail is constructed to complete the middle loop option near the Carson River.  The dirt access road is graveled to improve vehicle access, and trailhead directional signs are installed along Heybourne Road and Stephanie Lane.

2019 – Trail maps are installed at various trail junctions.


Genoa Trail System

2008 – CVTA proposes the 19-mile Genoa Trail System.

2011 – Approximately 16 of the 19 proposed miles are approved for construction through a USFS Environmental Assessment. The Eagle Ridge Trailhead and most of the trail system is built during 2011.

2012 – The trail system is completed and opens in May. This becomes the third formally recognized trail system within Carson Valley.

2013-2017 – CVTA completes most trail finishing projects including construction of wooden and rock causeways, retaining walls, a bridge, rock crossings, safety railings, and realignment improvements.


Clear Creek Trail

2008 – CVTA proposes the 20-mile Clear Creek Trail connecting the Tahoe Rim Trail with Highway 395, and the associated Clear Creek Connector and Jacks Valley Loop.

2011 – Approximately 10 of the 20 miles are approved for construction by the USFS.

2013-2014 – The Clear Creek Trail and Clear Creek Connector is constructed and opens in April. This becomes the fourth formally recognized trail system within Carson Valley.

2015 – CVTA proposes an alternate route to the Tahoe Rim Trail to complete the upper third of the trail system.

2018 – The upper 6.5 miles of the Clear Creek Trail is approved in 2017 by the USFS. This portion of the trail is built in 2018 and opened in August.


Pinyon Trail

2008 – CVTA proposes the 5-mile Pinyon Trail on the east side of Carson Valley.

2013 – The BLM approves construction of the trail.

2014-2015 – The Pinyon Trail and Pinyon Trailhead are built, and the trail opens March, 2015. This becomes the fifth formally recognized trail system within Carson Valley.

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