Members of the Rotary Club of Portola, the city of Portola and the Forest Service gather around the new Lake Davis Recreation Trail marker. The 2,500-pound rock was placed Thursday, Oct. 31, and will serve as a guide for recreators enjoying the trail. Photo courtesy Rotary Club of Portola
Though granite boulders are a common item in the Lake Davis area, the Rotary Club of Portola, the Forest Service and the city of Portola have teamed up and turned four particular boulders into unique additions to the pending Lake Davis Recreation Trail.
On Thursday, Oct. 31, the three organizations came together to place the first 2,500-pound engraved boulder and trail marker at the trailhead on the east side of the dam at Lake Davis.
The recreation trail itself has been an ongoing project headed up by the Forest Service. It is a trail that, when finished, will weave back and forth across country roads, interlacing the campgrounds together in a complete circle around the lake.
The engraved boulders will guide the public along the trail. The idea for the markers and the collaboration of the three entities came from Rotary Club President Kirk Lambert.
He said he wanted to do a project that would involve other organizations, and he especially wanted to do something associated with recreation and the community.
Lambert said he had worked on building the trail with other organizations, and he saw it as an exceptional local trail that needed to be more visible to visitors and locals alike.
Lambert said the city of Portola donated four boulders to the project. The Forest Service approved the project and designed the pine tree logo, which will be the universal symbol of the Lake Davis Trail.
To commemorate the involvement of the three organizations, the Rotary Club had Susan Arterburn of Chilcoot Monument take the rocks and inscribe the Rotary Club’s logo, the city’s logo and the Forest Service logo, as well as the trail’s symbol, on all the boulders.
“I wanted to try to bring us all together for what I feel is a worthwhile project,” Lambert said.
The first 5 miles of the trail were funded through the Plumas County Resource Advisory Committee and through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The section includes various boardwalks and picnic areas by the lake.
Phase 2 of the trail will begin construction in 2014. It will involve the help of the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship and will also employ Plumas Unified School District students as student trail crewmembers.
“It would be a fantastic project,” Lambert said. “I don’t think there would be a lot of trails like it.”
According to Lambert, the trail is very flat and without a lot of grade so all types of recreators can use it, including equestrians, hikers and bikers.
With the boulders now placed along the trail, the project is one step closer to completion.
Members of the public are welcome to enjoy the trail now. To adopt and maintain a section of the trail, call the Beckwourth Ranger District for more information at 836-2575.
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