Caltrans and Tahoe Regional Planning Association (TARPA) are on a quest to save lake clarity by adding roadway drainage and reducing pullout parking. The reduction in pullout parking is making it difficult for hikers, runners, and back country skiers to access the back country on the west shore.
Caltrans is making improvements along Hwy. 89 between Meeks Bay and Emerald Bay. Capture basins are being built to filter water runoff and dirt pullout parking areas will be paved and reduced in size. The improvements are expected to be completed in 2017.
Caltans has agreed to increase some parking at D.L. Bliss State Park to make up for the lost parking, but some say this isn’t enough.
For the group Tahoe Backcountry Alliance, the loss of parking spaces will mean reduced access to popular winter trailheads at Jake’s Peak, Bliss Peak, and Desolation Wilderness.
A public meeting on the lost parking issue is scheduled at 6pm on October 23, 2015 at the Meeks Bay Fires Station with El Dorado County Supervisor Sue Novasel, Senator Gaines, and representatives from TARPA and California State Parks.