Lake Run parking approved

Ming Poon | The Backcountry Alliance

A parking area for back-country users of the popular Lake Run at Donner Lake has been secured for the winter season through a collaboration with Donner Lake Woods Homeowners Association, Truckee Donner Land Trust, Truckee Donner Recreation & Parks District and Tahoe Backcountry Alliance. The agreement allows for trail access for the next five years at the west end of Donner Lake with options to renew each five years thereafter.

The Backcountry Alliance will be responsible for repaving the existing parking lot and contracting with a snow-removal service for annual snow removal. In addition, the nonprofit is working in conjunction with the land trust to establish a sign campaign to make sure the trailhead users are educated and aware of avalanche conditions and where legal egress and access occurs within the neighborhood.

Microtransit program | The Alliance has been working with Tahoe Sierra Transportation and is expanding the microtransit program with COVID-19 adjustments and precautions in place. The Alliance expects an increase in back-country users, so the transit program will be important to sustain and grow. Details TBA.

Trailhead Counter Program | Through collaboration with Tahoe Backcountry Ski Patrol, The Alliance is installing trailhead counters at significant back-country trailheads. This will help track the number of users and demonstrate the continued need for resources to facilitate winter recreation in the Tahoe Basin.

Backcountry Awareness Week | The Alliance also collaborated with Tahoe Fund, Sierra Avalanche Center and various guide outfits to develop a Backcountry Awareness Week for the middle of December. This event will focus on back-country safety education, back-country tips and etiquette and available resources for skiers and riders. |