Trail building in Tahoe

A pair of ospreys build their nest on the shores of Lake Tahoe in late May. Photography by Sky Emerson, Summit Side Photography. | SummitSide.com, @SummitSidePhotoVideo

Trails provide a roadway into the back country of the Tahoe Sierra. From the easy hike to Meeks Creeks Falls in Meeks Bay to backpacking the Tahoe Rim Trail, the trail systems provide access to public lands for hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers and horseback riders. Maintaining these trail systems and building new trails takes a joint effort by local, state and national agencies and nonprofits to make it a reality.

Sean McAlindin explores the complex nature of trail building in the Tahoe Sierra, and the dedicated groups and volunteers that build our trails from navigating environmental policies to fundraising to breaking rock in his story “In Takes a Village to Build a Trail.”

Sean’s story is part of Tahoe Weekly’s ongoing coverage of public access and use of public lands in the back country. Follow our coverage at TheTahoeWeekly.com; click on Public Access under the Out & About menu.

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