There was a deadly snowmobile crash last Saturday, March 24, 2012 on one of the trails north of Tahoe City. James Edgar Darnall, age 55, from Stockton veered off a trail and hit a tree. The Highway patrol was called about 4:00pm on Saturday to investigate the crash.
Darnall was with a group of riders when he started riding. He became separated from the group, so the group went out to look for him. They found him after the crash and called 911.The Highway Patrol is waiting for a toxicology report to see if drug or alcohol played a role.
Mt. Watson is the area just South of NorthStar California Ski Resort, near the Tahoe Rim Trail. This is a popular riding area for snowmobilers. Mt. Watson road and the popular paved fire road called the Fiberboard Freeway runs through this area. A common access point is off Brockway Summit (Hwy.267).