Trails Reports


Short History of the Carson Valley Trails Association

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 Community Access (CVCA) to help maintain access to public lands. Most of these efforts would be focused in western Carson Valley.

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

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

2000 – CVCA 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. It also requires future developments to maintain public access to adjacent public lands.

Fay-Luther/Jobs Peak Ranch Trail System

1995-2000 – CVCA works to gain 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. CVCA 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 and old road network grows 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. The Jobs Peak Ranch Trailhead is built and CVTA constructs and opens the Jobs Peak Ranch Trail on a Douglas County easement on Jobs Peak Ranch property. This is the first constructed and legally recognized single trail in the Carson Valley.

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

2008 – CVTA connects and opens the Jobs Ranch Trail to the Fay-Luther Trailhead, and the completed 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/JPR Trail System. This 9-mile trail system becomes the first formal and legally recognized trail system within the Carson Valley.

2010 – CVTA installs interpretive signs along the Interpretive Loop of the Fay-Luther/JPR 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 improvements provide a more enjoyable trail experience and are easier to maintain.

The Bently Heritage Trail

2009-2010 – CVTA and Eagle Scouts construct the 4-mile Bently-Kirman Tract Trail and opens in 2010 as a cooperative project with the private landowner Donald Bently and The Nature Conservancy on a permanent conservation easement. This becomes the second trail system within the Carson Valley.

2014-2016 – Multiple Eagle Scout projects construct boardwalk sections on the trail system.

2016 – Bently Ranch renames the trail ‘The Bently Heritage Trail’. One mile of additional trail is constructed to provide an additional loop option near the Carson River. The dirt access road to the trailhead has a compacted gravel base added.

Genoa Trail System

2008 – CVTA proposes the approximate 19-mile Genoa Trail System. CVTA funds the USFS to prepare an Environmental Assessment.

2011 – Approximately 16 of the 19 proposed miles are approved for construction on USFS lands. Most of the trail system is built during 2011 along with the Eagle Ridge Trailhead. 30% of the trail system is built by CVTA and 70% by Trailscape.

2012The trail system is completed by CVTA and opens in May. This becomes the third trail system within the Carson Valley.

2013-2016 – CVTA continues trail finishing improvements including construction of causeways, retaining walls, bridge and rock crossings, safety railings, and multiple realignments to reduce grades and improve turns.

Clear Creek Trail

2008 – CVTA proposes the 20-mile Clear Creek Trail connecting the Tahoe Rim Trail with Highway 395.

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

2013-2014 – The Clear Creek Trail is constructed by CVTA and the Nevada Conservation Corps, and opens in April. This becomes the fourth trail system within Carson Valley.

2018 – CVTA proposed a route to Spooner Summit in 2015 to bypass the existing route through private land on upper Old Clear Creek Road. The new 6.5-mile route was built and open in 2018, currently extending the trail length to 15 miles.

Pinyon Trail

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

2013 – The BLM completes a scoping report and decision for the trail system and is approved for construction.

2014-2015 – The Pinyon Trail is constructed by CVTA and the trailhead by the BLM. The trail and trailhead were funded by the CVTA and opened to the public during March. This becomes the fifth trail system within Carson Valley.

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