Clear Creek Extension Trail Project


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United States Department of Agriculture
Forrest Service
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District
Douglas County, Nevada

July 31, 2017


Scoping Document
Clear Creek Extension Trail Project


Comments Welcome

The Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest welcomes your comments on this proposal to construct an extension of the Clear Creek Trail that would add approximately 6.5 miles to the existing trail. The proposed extension would connect the trail at its high point (6,200 ft.) to the Tahoe Rim Trail at the Spooner Summit South Trailhead (7,150 ft.). Approximately 6.5 miles of the proposed trail extension is located on National Forest System (NFS) lands on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest primarily in Sections 5, 6, 7, and 8 of Township 15N and Range 19E, Mt. Diablo Meridian. (see Figure 1: Clear Creek Extension Trail Project Map).

The Carson Ranger District has tentatively determined that this proposed project may be categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS) pursuant to Forest Service Handbook (FSH) 1909.15, Section 32.2(1), “Construction and reconstruction of trails,” (36 CFR 220.6(e) (1)). A Decision Memo is anticipated to document the decision regarding this proposed action, unless extraordinary circumstances related to the proposed action warrant further analysis and documentation in an EA or EIS as outlined in FSH 1909.15, 31.2.



The Carson Ranger District has been working with a variety of partners over many years to provide a sustainable system of trails that meets the needs of forest visitors and local communities while protecting resources. Generally, the District focuses on multiple use trail proposals that meet the shared goals of the Forest Service and trail partners. These goals include:

  • Connectivity between existing trails;
  • Creating long loop opportunities; and
  • Improving access to existing trailheads and communities.


Purpose and Need for Action

The proposed trail extension would provide a much-needed connector between the Tahoe Rim Trail and the Clear Creek Trail, creating opportunities for longer trips and increased connectivity to surrounding trails. In addition, the new trail segment would help address ongoing trespass issues on adjacent private lands (Old Clear Creek Road) by offering legal access to the Clear Creek watershed from the existing Jacks Valley Trailhead.


Proposed Action

The project includes full bench construction of a new trail that would be open to all non-motorized uses including hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian. The estimated trail length represents approximately 6.5 miles on NFS lands. The new trail segment would provide a connection from the existing Clear Creek Trail to the Tahoe Rim Trail at the Spooner Summit South trailhead located on U.S. Highway 50.

The trail would be constructed to Forest Service specifications as follows:

  • 18”-30” full bench construction.
  • Average trail grade would be 7% or less depending on soil type.
  • Maximum trail grade (12%) for very short sections (100’ or less).
  • Short pitch sections up to 20% with runouts and armoring.
  • Trail grade would not exceed one-half of side slope grade.
  • Minimum 2%-6% out slope on bench cut / trail tread.
  • Back slope from bench cut to be minimum 1:1 slope.
  • Bench cut material on down slope to be thoroughly dispersed.
  • Trail corridor to be clear of vegetation for a width of 6’ and height of 10’ to allow for pack stock.
  • Grade reversals or grade breaks every 100-200′ maximum spacing.
  • Switchbacks and turns would be located on side slopes less than:
    • 40% for switchbacks
    • 25% for berm turns
    • 15% for climbing turns
  • The trail layout avoids cutting of trees greater than 8 inches in diameter at breast height (DBH). No five-needle pines would be cut and the District Forester would review any trees identified for removal prior to cutting.
  • The trail alignment has been carefully placed and surveyed to avoid cultural resources, rare plants, and sensitive habitat for wildlife species.


How to Comment

Comments would be most helpful if received by August 30, 2017. Written comments must be submitted to: Irene Davidson, District Ranger; 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City, Nevada, 89701 or to the facsimile number (775) 884-8199. The office hours for those submitting hand delivered comments are: 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.

To provide electronic comments please email your comments to the project contact at Please use the term “Clear Creek Extension Trail Project” in the subject line of your email.

Comments received in response to this scoping notice, including names and address of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record for this project and will be available for public review and will be released if requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

For further information, please contact Daniel Morris at 775-884-8140.



Saturday’s Trash Mob Relocated


Previously, a message had gone out inviting volunteers to participate in a special Trash Mob this Saturday, July 15th, removing the invasive weed, Bull Thistle from Carson City’s easement at Horse Creek Ranch.

Those plans have been changed.

Parks & Rec called today and with the current conditions of the meadow at Horse Creek Ranch we will not be able to make it up for the thistle removal. Everything is still too wet and overgrown to have a complete, safe work day. We will try again later this fall when the conditions improve.

Instead, we will hold a normal one-hour Trash Mob on the east side of the Carson River. Meetup Saturday, July 15th at 8:00 am at the dirt lot just off Sierra Vista Ln.

Meetup location:

Work gloves and trash bags provided. Dress appropriately.

Hail the Trail Deadline Midnight, Sun 6/25


The deadline to purchase raffle tickets to win one of three high-speed mountain bikes is fast approaching. There are only a few hours left before the deadline of midnight tonight (Sunday, June 25th). The drawing will be made at noon on Monday, June 26th. So act now and go to to get your raffle tickets.

From the Epic Rides website…

• Registration will close on June 25th, 2017 at 00:00 PDT.
• Winner will be drawn, at random, on June 26th, 2017 at 12:00 PDT.


Hail the Trail Extended




The deadline to buy raffle tickets for the Hail the Trail fundraiser has been extended to Monday, June 26th at 5:00 pm PDT.

Teri Vance, local journalist, had the chance to talk to Zoë Loffreda from Epic Rides regarding the Hail the Trail fundraiser. “With our Off-Road Series ending June 18, we want to round out the season the best way we know how – giving back to our local trail associations,” said Zoë, marketing manager for Epic Rides. “By extending our Hail The Trail Program, it allows for more riders and trail lovers to get involved after experiencing some top-notch riding at the Carson City Off-Road. We are incredible close to reaching our $30,000 goal, but we need your help!”


According to the Epic Rides web site, Hail the Trail is a new annual fundraiser to benefit the trail organizations that build & maintain trails of the Off-Road Series. 100% of the funds raised will go to repairing, maintaining, and expanding existing trail systems in Prescott, Grand Junction, and Carson City. Funds raised will be split evenly between all 3 locations.



Raffle tickets are $4 each and three mountain bikes will be given away to some very lucky riders. The winners will get to choose from any Ibis bike, a Salsa Deadwood, and a Norco Optic C7.1. With all of the components, each of these mountain bikes are worth over $6,000. So not only does purchasing a raffle ticket give you the opportunity to win a mountain bike, it also helps trail building efforts right here in Carson City.

Go to for more details and to purchase raffle tickets.

Hail the Trail by Epic Rides


Help Muscle Powered build and maintain endless runs of sweet, flowy single-track while at the same time winning a wicked-cool mountain bike. “But how do I perform such wizardry?” you may be asking yourself. Read on, friends…

From the people who brought you the Carson City Off-Road, voted the best domestic mountain bike race in the country at Interbike 2016, comes the best fundraiser in the country (perhaps the world). The Hail the Trail project by Epic Rides gives three lucky riders the chance to win the bike of their dreams.


  • The Salsa Deadwood is a full-suspension 29er with 3″ tires and a carbon front triangle.



  • The Ibis Ripley 29 is a full-suspension 29er carbon fiber bike. (Actually, you can pick any Ibis bike if you win.)

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be split evenly between the three trail organizations that support the Off-Road Series that Epic Rides puts on. In Carson City, that trail organization is Muscle Powered. Check out what Master Trail Builder, Jeff Potter along with a few members of the Carson City High School Mountain Biking Team had to say about their hometown trails in this video…

You want to win a wicked-cool mountain bike? You want to support local trail-building efforts? You want to just be a nice person? Go buy some raffle tickets!

Raffle tickets cost only $4 each. Go to and get some!

And don’t forget to tell your friends, family, co-workers, and even that annoying neighbor about the Hail the Trail fundraiser.

Bike to Work Week 2017 Corporate Challenge Results

What a great CC this year! We finally ended the week with beautiful weather.  NV Public Works Spoke Patrol swept the Public category while Carson City Orthodontics won the Mileage and Avg Miles in the Private category.  Allison MacKenzie held on to their Trips for another year.

Thanks to all the teams that made this a fun and fantastic Challenge!

Total Miles  – 3,155.96

Total Trips – 651

Total Calories Burned – 126238.4

CO2 offset by cycling vs. driving (pounds) – 1,669.85


The winners of the Bike to Work Week 2017 Corporate Challenge are;

Public Private
Max Miles NV Public Works Spoke Patrol Carson City Orthodontics
Max Trips NV Public Works Spoke Patrol Allison MacKenzie
Max Average NV Public Works Spoke Patrol Carson City Orthodontics

Miles  * Indicates Private Business Category

NV Public Works Spoke Patrol 1063.70
NDOT 574.66
DCNR EcoCyclists 353.50
DETR Cyclepaths 284.30
OTR 190.80
Carson City Orthodontics* 136.50
RCI Rowdies* 125.00
Allison MacKenzie* 120.48
NV Guard Rough Riders 100.02
Capitol Automotive* 67.00
Lumos & Associates* 61.10
Redrock Dental Molarcyclers* 36.50
USPS Goatheads 26.00
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada 16.40


NV Public Works Spoke Patrol 145
DETR Cyclepaths 134
DCNR EcoCyclists 67
Allison MacKenzie* 65
Lumos & Associates* 35
OTR 25
Carson City Orthodontics* 22
RCI Rowdies* 22
NV Guard Rough Riders 15
Redrock Dental Molarcyclers* 15
Capitol Automotive* 10
USPS Goatheads 10
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada 2

Avg Miles

NV Public Works Spoke Patrol 8.46
OTR 3.82
Carson City Orthodontics* 3.41
Capitol Automotive* 1.68
Redrock Dental Molarcyclers* 1.46
Allison MacKenzie* 0.83
RCI Rowdies* 0.83
Lumos & Associates* 0.51
NDOT 0.21
NV Guard Rough Riders 0.20
DCNR EcoCyclists 0.18
DETR Cyclepaths 0.15
USPS Goatheads 0.09
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada 0.05

Calories Burned


Allison MacKenzie 4819.2
Carson City Orthodontics 5460
DCNR EcoCyclists 14140
Capitol Automotive 2680
DETR Cyclepaths 11372
Lumos & Associates 2444
NDOT 22986.4
NV Guard Rough Riders 4000.8
NV Public Works Spoke Patrol 42548
OTR 7632
Redrock Dental Molarcyclers 1460
RCI Rowdies 5000
USPS Goatheads 1040
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada 656

C02 Offset

Allison MacKenzie 28915.2
Carson City Orthodontics 32760
DCNR EcoCyclists 84840
Capitol Automotive 16080
DETR Cyclepaths 68232
Lumos & Associates 14664
NDOT 137918.4
NV Guard Rough Riders 24004.8
NV Public Works Spoke Patrol 255288
OTR 45792
Redrock Dental Molarcyclers 8760
RCI Rowdies 30000
USPS Goatheads 6240
Public Utilities Commission of Nevada 3936