Popular Lake Tahoe Trail Set for 2-Mile Expansion Thanks to $24 Million Boost

A significant funding boost of $24 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be used to extend the popular Tahoe East Shore Trail by 2 miles, while also helping to accommodate increased visitation to the area.

The allocated funds will be used to enhance road safety and make trail improvements along State Route 28 on Tahoe’s east shore. This narrow, two-lane road is the only route around Lake Tahoe’s east shore and is accessed by approximately 2,000 people on an average summer day.

“Investing in transportation improvements around the Lake Tahoe Basin is just common sense – it supports our economy, keeps people safe, and protects our beautiful shoreline,” said Nevada Senator Cortez Masto. “I’m proud to secure this funding to expand the popular East Shore Trail which serves thousands of visitors and locals alike. I’ll always fight to address local challenges and deliver for Lake Tahoe’s communities.”

The new grant will support the expansion of the trail and add new pathways, vistas, safety signage, and pedestrian access points, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable experience for both locals and visitors. These improvements aim to accommodate the high volume of foot traffic while preserving the pristine environment of Lake Tahoe.

“Lake Tahoe is a stunning natural landmark in Nevada and an integral part of our economy, which is why I’m committed to delivering federal funding to support sustainable outdoor recreation and local tourism throughout the region,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to have worked across party lines to secure this major funding to expand the Tahoe East Shore Trail and improve access, safety, and environmental sustainability around the Tahoe Basin.”

The project not only promises to enhance recreational opportunities but also supports sustainable outdoor activities and boosts local tourism, reinforcing Lake Tahoe’s status as a premier destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

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